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C.S. Lewis On Ezekiel Bulver

“You must show that a man’s wrong before you start explaining why he’s wrong. The modern method is to assume w/out discussion that he’s wrong & then distract his attention from this (the only real issue) by busily explaining how he became so silly. In the course of the last 15 yrs I’ve found this vice so common that I’ve had to invent a name for it. I call it “Bulverism.” Some day I’m going to write the biography of its imaginary inventor, Ezekiel Bulver, whose destiny was determined at the age of 5 when he heard his mother say to his father—who’d been maintaining that 2 sides of a triangle were together greater than a 3rd — ”Oh you say that because you are a man.” “At that moment,” E. Bulver assures us, “there flashed across my opening mind the great truth that refutation is no necessary part of argument. Assume that your opponent is wrong, & the world will be at your feet. Attempt to prove that he’s wrong or (worse still) try to find out whether he’s wrong or right, & the national dynamism of our age will thrust you to the wall.” That is how Bulver became one of the makers of the 20th Century.” ~ CS Lewis

 

 

The Complete C.S. Lewis Signature Classics
by: C. S. Lewis
publisher: HarperOne, published: 2002-10-22
ASIN: 0060506083
EAN: 9780060506087
sales rank: 2082
price: $24.98 (new), $24.54 (used)

For the first time ever, these seven essential volumes by C. S. Lewis are available in a single edition. This remarkable book presents the classic works Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, The Problem of Pain, Miracles, A Grief Observed, and Lewis’s prophetic examination of universal values, The Abolition of Man. Beautiful and timeless, this is a vital collection by one of the greatest literary figures of the twentieth century.

Lewis reached a vast audience during his lifetime, and books such as Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters continue to be regarded as among the best spiritual writing of all time. With his uncanny grasp of human nature, Lewis offers a refreshing antidote to the modern world’s consumerism and moral relativism. This new edition of his most celebrated books highlights Lewis’s compassion for humanity and his relevance for the twenty-first century.

 

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