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CS Lewis on Nature and Freedom

The very idea of freedom presupposes some objective moral law which overarches rulers and ruled alike. Subjectivism about values is eternally incompatible with democracy. We and our rulers are of one kind only so long as we are subject to one law. But if there is no Law of Nature, the ethos of any society is the creation of its rulers, educators and conditioners; and every creator stands above and outside his own creation.

CS Lewis: The Poison of Subjectivism (an essay included in Christian Reflections)

Lewis shows the necessary tie between natural law and freedom that was broken in the 20th century, a break that threatens our freedoms today.

I’m not sure there’s a clearer explanation of why our 2009 conference theme, nature, so easily led to our 2010 theme, liberty, though we had not so planned it.

In an astounding development, the 2010 conference is already 40% full. I hope you can make it!

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