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C. S. Lewis’s Views on Evolution, Scientism Clarified

first_imgA new book and video clarify the views of C. S. Lewis on science, scientism, and evolution.C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), the Oxford scholar and Christian apologist whose fiction and nonfiction books have delighted and influenced many, has been cited by creationists and theistic evolutionists in support of their positions.  What did he really believe?  His views are nuanced, not put simply into a conclusory statement.  They also “evolved” over time.  The Magicians’s Twin, a new book from the Discovery Institute featuring ten Lewis scholars, helps bring long-needed clarity to the question.  Edited by John West, with an introduction by Phillip Johnson, the book explores the attitudes and environment of C. S. Lewis on science vs. scientism, Darwin, Freud, intelligent design and much more.  But it’s not just a history book.  The authors show how the warnings of C. S. Lewis about a scientific oligarchy were prophetic for today.The book’s title comes from Lewis’s own comparison of science with magic, which he considered twins in several respects (e.g., their desire for control over nature).  While magic failed, science succeeded – yet the potential for scientific abuse rises out of its amoral naturalism.  While Lewis appreciated and applauded true science, he understood the potential harms of scientism, the belief that science alone was the path to knowledge and progress.  Lewis lived in the days of H. G. Wells and others who envisioned a scientific oligarchy in control of all aspects of human life.  Where positivists saw utopia, Lewis saw dystopia.  He portrayed the ugly end of such thinking in his novel, That Hideous Strength.What did Lewis believe about creation?  Lewis had problems with Paley’s natural theology, but did he believe in intelligent design?  John West’s chapter on that question is available as a free download on cslewisweb.com, a new website that features the book and resources about C. S. Lewis and his views.  In The Abolition of Man, in a posthumous work, The Discarded Image, and in other works thoroughly documented in The Magician’s Twin, the nuanced views of Lewis on evolution vs. design become apparent.On November 19, a new 31-minute video documentary was released on the YouTube C. S. Lewis page.  The documentary explains Lewis’s comparison between science and magic.  It also shows that the dangers of scientism that concerned Lewis are with us today, stronger than ever.  On ID the Future (a podcast on intelligent design from the Discovery Institute), John West described the making of the video and its purpose.This is a welcome addition to the subject for all C. S. Lewis fans.  The book is well-written and informative, and the video is well worth the 30 minutes to watch.  The issues of scientism, political control in the name of science, and loss of human freedom are as threatening today as they have ever been.  Of particular interest is C. S. Lewis’s penchant for pointing out the self-refuting nature of naturalistic accounts of human reason.These new resources provide a good primer on philosophy of science, ethics and the limitations of science.  The Magician’s Twin is on target with current events and major issues facing the world.  Get the book – watch the video – get informed.  At least download the free chapter by John West on “C. S. Lewis and Intelligent Design.”  It will likely get you craving to read more. (Visited 362 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

VanTilburg named 2016 Certified Crop Adviser of the Year

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Matthew VanTilburg of Celina has been named the 2016 Certified Crop Adviser of the Year by the Ohio Certified Crop Adviser Board, and will receive a cash award of $1,500, provided by the Ohio Association of Independent Crop Consultants. He is owner and sales manager at VanTilburg Farms, Inc.The award recognizes individuals who are highly motivated, deliver exceptional customer service for farmer clients in nutrient management, soil and water management, integrated pest management and crop production, and have contributed substantially to the exchange of ideas and transfer of agronomic knowledge within the agricultural industry in Ohio.VanTilburg uses his 22 years of crop advising experience to provide services in nutrient management planning, weed management recommendations, soil sampling, scouting, seed recommendations, variable rate planning, harvest data management, cover crops and more.He is active in his community, serving on his local 4-H advisory committee, Pheasants Forever, Wright State Lake Campus Ag Advisory Committee and the Ohio No-Till Council, among others.“As a public speaker, community leader, mentor and agricultural advocate, Matt is an asset to the community who possesses many skills and qualities that set him apart from those in his field,” said Holly Wuebker, a peer and co-worker who nominated VanTilburg for the award. “He is always looking for new ways to enhance the agricultural field and utilize applications that will benefit customers and those in surrounding communities and beyond, as he has traveled to different states educating many on proper tillage, cover crop and farming practices,” she said. “For these and many more reasons, he should be recognized for his many years of experience and expertise, and especially his positive contributions to the agriculture community and assisting fellow Certified Crop Advisers.”For more information about the Certified Crop Adviser Program, visit oaba.net/cca.last_img read more

Industry Interview: CW Costume Designer Catherine Ashton

first_imgWe had a conversation with costume designer Catherine Ashton about her approach to each character — from color to texture to how emotion influences style.PremiumBeat: Irene Sharaff, the costume designer of West Side Story, said she approaches design like a painting: everything in blocks of color. Do you have your own “first way in” when you are beginning a new project?Catherine Ashton: I approach design like one big tapestry. Each character is unique in how they look. Every character has a distinct personality, and it is that personality that determines how they are dressed. Once they become alive to me, my characters then mingle and intertwine with each other but are bonded together by one single thread, which holds them together throughout the storyline.Life in a Year (CW).PB: The feature film, Life in a Year, deals with a 17-year-old boy who finds out his girlfriend is dying. How much of your design approach is focused on who they are vs. what the characters are going through?CA: It was a mixture of both. For example, Jaden Smith (Daryn) who plays the 17-year-old boyfriend, starts off crisp and clean. But as his relationship with Cara Delevingne (Isabelle) grows, his look changes. He isn’t thinking about what he is going to wear next because his whole purpose now is to give his dying girlfriend a full life, with what little time she has.Cara Delevingne is a brilliant actress and takes a methodical approach to her characters, and that is why I relied heavily on her input when dressing her character. There is a scene in the movie wherein Cara/Isabelle is standing in a very pale yellow slip, her head shaven. It is in this scene the audience really gets the full glimpse of how fragile Isabelle is — and how fragile life is. For this scene, Cara had her head shaven, and she wanted the palest, loose-fitting slip to show how cancer had ravaged her character’s body.In the Dark (CW).PB: You’ve worked robustly in television. The new series In the Dark revolves around a blind, young woman. How did you develop her fashion sense? Did you feel any obligation to address the false narrative that a visually impaired character wouldn’t care about her looks?CA: I feel no matter who you are, everyone has a sense of pride when it comes to their appearance. Some may be more relaxed than others, but as a whole, we all matter to ourselves. On In The Dark, I had the pleasure to work with Calle Walton, who plays Chloe. Calle — in real life — is visually impaired. Calle was very helpful to me when dressing her character because she explained to me how she shops for herself. During our fittings, Calle would always ask me what color the item was. Together, we would feel the shape of the clothing style, and then I would explain how it would fit her. I tried to buy clothing for Calle/Chloe that had texture to it, so she could feel the fabric and get a sense of the garment and its movement. I used this same approach when dressing Murphy. I looked for clothing that was cozy and had details for her to feel.Beauty and the Beast (CW).PB: Both Covert Affairs and Beauty and the Beast are action-driven and have a very practical-yet-sleek-and-sexy look to the characters. What was involved in conceptualizing the look of each show?CA: I was very much involved in conceptualizing the looks of these shows. Both shows had a lot of stunts, so the costumes had to be designed to look fashionable and sexy, and be able to endure the many stunts.PB: Any genre on your bucket list to design?CA: I love what I do so much, so any show that I get to design, and any character looks I get to create, is an honor. But If I had to make a choice, it would be the ’60s. I feel it would be so much fun to do.Cover image via In the Dark (CW).Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out.Industry Interview: “Whiplash” Production Designer Melanie JonesInterview: “My Dinner with Herve” Composer David NorlandThe Universal Language of Music: Interview with Composer Jacob YoffeeIndustry Insights: Behind the Scenes with Editor Nena ErbMake Your Documentaries Matter with Awe-Inspiring Materiallast_img read more