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Worshipping Ourselves: Self-Obsession and the Denial of God

Ken Myers

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Man as the center of the moral universe.

The following article first appeared in the December 2002 issue of  WorldView

As I write this, the Popular Culture Vulgarism of the Year Award is likely to be granted to the ad campaign  for a new fragrance from Yves Saint Laurent. The ad, which appeared in several fashion magazines around the world in late October 2002, features a nude male model in a posture of all-revealing repose...

Those of us who are offended at the very idea of this Yves Saint Laurent ad (most of us will be spared actually having to look at it unless we work within the ranks of haute couture) might well ask, "Where will it stop?" But we should pause and ask a related question: "Why should it stop?"...

In his famous book The Abolition of Man, C. S. Lewis described the elevation of self-fulfillment in similar terms. Lewis observed that for both Christian and classical culture, the principle moral task was "how to subdue the soul to reality"--that is, how do we train our souls to fit in with the order of things in the universe. Social and cultural institutions in traditional societies were generally organized around this task. But the modern project, Lewis warns, turns that older and wiser goal on its head. The chief end of modern society is "how to subdue reality to the wishes of men."...

Read the entire article on the Breakpoint website.



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