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Each week on Colson, BreakPoint Radio and, and other channels we publish a great deal of new content around a vital theme. The ReSeries, John Stonestreet's video commentary, is often (but not always) the cornerstone of the weekly theme.

Theme of the Week: C. S. Lewis, Head & Heart


(Original Pauline Baynes illustrations, "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" and "The Last Battle.")

"The Abolition of Man," a collection of essays on education, is easily one of C. S. Lewis' greatest works. But for many people, the ideas and criticisms he leveled in this little book are more recognizable as characters and plot elements from the Oxford don's fiction.

Lewis bemoaned the foibles of the British education system, writing that it produced young men and women whose heads were full of knowledge but who possessed no moral imagination or courage. In his brilliant chapter, "Men Without Chests," Lewis discusses how merely educating students isn't enough. That only produces clever fiends. Without giving young people the tools to suppress their animal passions, schools were setting their charges up for disaster. Likening the knowledge to the head and passions to the belly, he concluded that the only way to govern the belly was through a well-formed chest, representing moral instincts.

And as John Stonestreet points out in his latest "ReSeries" video, Lewis created two fictional characters who epitomize this contrast. In "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader," the fifth installment in the beloved "Chronicles of Narnia," we meet Eustace Clarence Scrubb, an incorrigible nuisance who is the consummate "man without a chest." We're also introduced to Reepicheep, a small but brave mouse and Narnian war veteran whose courage and stout chest make him instrumental in Eustace's renovation. John explains more in this week's video.

Here at the Colson Center, we're wrapping up a week long celebration of the life of C. S. Lewis coinciding with the fiftieth anniversary of his passing. If you missed any of Eric Metaxas' and John Stonestreet's great commentaries, be sure to check them out on our website. You can find links below. And more importantly, be sure to take advantage of the treasury of imagination, insight and surprising joy C. S. Lewis left behind when he went to be with our Lord half a century ago.

Narnia's Got It All
John Stonestreet | November 22, 2013

See-Through Morality

John Stonestreet | November 21, 2013

C. S. Lewis, Reepicheep, and Our Chests

John Stonestreet | November 20, 2013

Screwtape and the Cure of Souls
Eric Metaxas | November 19, 2013

Remembering C. S. Lewis
Eric Metaxas | November 18, 2013

Explore This Week's Theme


Are you a dragon or a mouse? John Stonestreet compares and contrasts two characters in a famous story by C. S. Lewis that illustrates how we've come to lose our moral instincts. Come celebrate the anniversary of Lewis' life and work with us. >>Watch now.

TalkingPoints Talking Points: I think it’s fair to say that a good deal of Christian conversation with the unbelieving world these days has been along the lines of trying to make our points while, at the same time, debunking those of our opponents. >>Read more.

As we mark the 50th anniversary of the death of C. S. Lewis, we'd do well to remember his most prophetic warnings. Stay tuned to BreakPoint. >>Read more


Remember the phrase “The Devil made me do it?” For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point. >>Read more.

John Stonestreet welcomes author and Lewis aficionado, Professor Joe Rigney, who explains what it means to live like a Narnian. >>Read more.