Rejecting the Magician’s Bargain: Lewis’ Charge to Science

Ken Myers June 28, 2015

Presented at:
SCL Conference 2015


In The Abolition of Man, C. S. Lewis argued that the project of modern science “was born in an unhealthy neighbourhood and at an inauspicious hour. Its triumphs may have been too rapid and purchased at too high a price: reconsideration, and something like repentance, may be required.” While there have been some scientists, philosophers, and theologians who have thoughtfully reconsidered the foundations of modern science, many Christians assume that modern science is the innocent offspring of a purely Christian worldview. Ken Myers explains why that’s not an accurate account, and explores what repentance might look like.


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Ken Myers
As host of the Mars Hill Audio Journal since 1992, Ken Myers has interviewed hundreds of authors of books that contribute to understanding the challenges faced by Christians in modernity. A frequent speaker at classical Christian schools (and at SCL conferences), Myers has applied the wisdom from those interviews to the challenge of enculturating the next generation of believers. A graduate of the University of Maryland (B.A. in Communications) and Westminster Theological Seminary (M.A.R. in theological studies), Myers's early career as an arts and humanities editor at National Public Radio stimulated his life-long interest in discovering how contemporary culture took the form it now has, and how the consequences of the Gospel require Christians to embody counter-cultural alternatives.

Other Contributions by Ken Myers

Cultivating Aural Hygiene

Article - SCL Conference 2014

Classical School Meets Pop Culture

Article - SCL Conference 2013

It’s the Culture Stupid

Article - SCL Conference 2011

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