The ‘Cardinal Virtues’ by C.S. Lewis Doodle (BBC Talk 11a, Mere Christianity, Bk 3, Chapter 2)

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How are your cardinal virtues at the moment? Are they needing a bit of WD-40/a lube? In the last talk of this series, C.S. Lewis illustrated morality with ships sailing in convoy during WWII. In this new chapter, Lewis looks at morality in the way the ancient writers divided the subject...
Notes: This chapter started out as an accident. Lewis wrote a radio address for 15mins, but the BBC only allowed him 10mins, and so this section was cut out. But it is just as well, as this additional part ended up being printed in the book version of the talks called ‘Christian Behaviour’, which later became Chapter 2 of Book 3, in the book called ‘Mere Christianity’.
You can find the 'Mere Christianity' book here: www.amazon.com/Mere-Christianity-C-S-Lewis/dp/0060652926
You can find this reading from 'Mere Christianity' here: family.christianbook.com/lewis-dramatic-story-behind-mere-christianity/c-s-lewis/9781624052187/pd/052187
(0:23) Ships sailing in convoy - esvid.net/video/v%C3%ADdeo-MtTeCyrgjIQ.html
(1:48) And Jesus said: "Truly I say to you, if not you be converted and become as the little children, you may not enter into the kingdom of Heaven, not ever! Therefore whoever will humble himself as this little child, this one is the greater in the kingdom of Heaven." (Matthew 18.3-4).
(2:11) “As St. Paul points out”. See 1 Corinthians 14.20 - "Brothers and sisters, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults."
(2:17) “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore, be wise as serpents and harmless as doves” (Matthew 10.16). See also Jeremiah 4.22 on the same topic: "My people are foolish. They do not know Me. They are stupid children, and they have no understanding. They are wise to do evil, but they do not know to do good.”
(2:58) The last line of a common children’s prayer, once on the wall of many nurseries in England.
(3:29) If you have daughters, an interesting story to explain to them is the meaning of "Little Red Riding Hood", in its original French version (1697 A.D.), which is about being wise when it comes to one's own protection. This is a story of a young, pretty girl who is complimented by the flattering attention of a stranger, and so gives too much personal information to a sexual predator. She is also clueless as to the evil motives behind the predator's instructions to her. This was a tale to teach young girls to be aware of charming "wolves", "who pursue young women at home and in the streets." See "Little Red Riding Hood" by Charles Perrault and its ending moral: “Children, especially attractive, well bred young ladies, should never talk to strangers, for if they should do so, they may well provide dinner for a wolf. I say "wolf," but there are various kinds of wolves. There are also those who are charming, quiet, polite, unassuming, complacent, and sweet, who pursue young women at home and in the streets. And unfortunately, it is these gentle-wolves who are the most dangerous ones of all.” (www.pitt.edu/~dash/perrault02.html)
(5:44) Concerning eating meat: "Eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience, for 'The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it' (Ps 24.1). If an unbeliever invites you to a meal and you want to go, eat whatever is put before you without raising questions of conscience. But if someone says to you, 'This has been offered in sacrifice [to an idol],' then do not eat it, both for the sake of the one who told you and for the sake of conscience. I am referring to the other person’s conscience, not yours. For why is my freedom being judged by another’s conscience? If I take part in the meal with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of something I thank God for?"

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Tyler V
Tyler V Hace 4 meses
Unfortunately, I didn't see a video for talk #12, so I can't see how the three Theological virtues might improve my understanding of this discussion... Am I just missing the title in my searches or are you still making that video?
CSLewisDoodle Hace 4 meses
So glad to hear the doodle was helpful - there is another doodle on the same subject "The Poison of Subjectivism" which is the essay version of that book, which may be of interest. Don't worry about any donation as I do it free of charge. Instead of a donation, treat yourself to one of Lewis' books which will give you far more interesting detail. Kind regards CSLD.
Tyler V
Tyler V Hace 4 meses
@CSLewisDoodle Although your suggestion was appropriate (i.e. I learned a lot), I must say that your post on "The Abolition of Man" (chapter 3) did a better job of answering my question. That video (and its line of reasoning) did a better job of both discrediting the idea of a false morality based on natural laws (like evolution) and discrediting the idea of a man-made version of morality which is above and beyond nature. Thank you for showing me this. ...In full honesty, there's no other knowledge could which be more valuable than this... I owe you a great debt which I don't know how to repay... Have you ever thought of making a Patreon account? That might be a good start? For those reading my earlier posts (i.e. whom felt as I did), please check this out: esvid.net/video/v%C3%ADdeo-idgYLTnSzxI.html C.S. Lewis was stunningly brilliant. Please keep this knowledge alive. Your animation really made a difference and helped me consider his arguments more thoroughly. This is important work you're doing. Keep doing this channel.
CSLewisDoodle Hace 4 meses
Lewis, somewhat, addresses that ‘broken animals’ idea or as he calls it ‘a mere twist in the human mind” vs "revelation" in regards to morality in this video - ‘The Origin of Christianity’: esvid.net/video/v%C3%ADdeo-tw9biRRv_bM.html(This is from the introductory chapter of a book called ‘The Problem of Pain’).
Tyler V
Tyler V Hace 4 meses
@CSLewisDoodle Yes, I did watch that video and Lewis did a wonderful job of describing in simple terms the “wrongness with the world" and how people usually deal with it (...wrongfully in my opinion)... ...it's especially well stated after the 6 minute & 12 second mark (in the link below).... esvid.net/video/v%C3%ADdeo-oxFmkg5dcyk.html Accepting option #4 (i.e. that we have to be otherworldly in someway because Humans have innately higher moral standards than what is possible in the physical universe), is a fascinating argument... however, it would be a very hard thing for me to do based on that line of reasoning alone... Don't get me wrong, I like the way that solution sounds, but I can't help but feel that I like it simply because it's practical... somewhat akin to taking a powerful painkiller instead of being absolutely sure that you needn't worry about some other, unseen injury that needs medical attention... (i.e. solving the pain of reality by denying you are part of it... whether or not that denial is objectively true). Lewis doesn't address this issue for example... Maybe human brains are just innately broken and are full of impossible to meet, foolish standards? ...and maybe religion just a good way to ignore that brokenness and live comfortably despite it? I know that sounds terrible and does nothing to escape the first three nihilistic behaviors he outlined before... but it still is plausibly true, isn't it? That said, his analysis of the impermanence of the material world (e.g. the thermal death of the stars and the inevitable end of the Planet) is powerful and rather convincing stuff. How can there being meaning in such a world? Assuming we aren't just broken animals, where is there room for an option #5 ...a non-spiritual explanation of the world that is morally acceptable to human ideals? Many materialists I've met invoke theories of multiple universes (that stop and start over and over again... ours being one such universe) to dodge that issue, but their grasping at those conclusions (which have very weak evidence) is arguably less reasonable than Lewis's ideas ... *Sorry for the huge comment, but yes, these videos have helped tremendously.* It is going to take much more to convince me that I am a spiritual, otherworldly being created by God though... but the idea doesn't seem as unreasonable as I thought before encountering Lewis's works. I look forward to your videos and even plan on reading some of Lewis's books on my own time. *Thanks again for your hard work. I love your channel friend.*
CSLewisDoodle Hace 4 meses
I haven’t even started #12 yet. Were any of the other doodles helpful for your “wrongness with the world" query? Probably the end part of the doodle 'Living in an Atomic age' gave more clarity as to his thinking: "There is only one way to avoid this deadlock. We must go back to a much earlier view. We must simply accept it that we are spirits, free and rational beings, at present inhabiting an irrational universe, and must draw the conclusion that we are *not derived from* it. We are strangers here. We come from somewhere else. Nature is not the only thing that exists. There is "another world", and that is where we come from. And that explains why we do not feel at home here. A fish feels at home in the water. If we "belonged here" we should feel at home here. All that we say about "Nature red in tooth and claw", about death and time and mutability, all our half amused, half bashful attitude to our own bodies, is quite inexplicable on the theory that we are simply natural creatures. If this world is the only world, how did we come to find its laws either so dreadful or so comic? If there is no straight line elsewhere, how did we discover that Nature's line is crooked?..."
G. Murrell
G. Murrell Hace 6 meses
This is incredible! Would you consider doing a video of The Weight of Glory?
Tony Reese
Tony Reese Hace 8 meses
Good to see a new video, this is a great one. Mere Christianity is one of my favorite books by Lewis. Keep up the great work and God bless you in your work.
MrF25or6to4 Hace 8 meses
Thank you.
Mike Morris
Mike Morris Hace 8 meses
Stellar as always! Thank you for these!
christine jones
christine jones Hace 8 meses
Fabulous, inspired animation. Wonderful - thank you.
Gnome Crushr
Gnome Crushr Hace 8 meses
Keep 'em coming.
Abigail Silberwinter
These are so wonderful and so needed in our present age.
Prodigal Son
Prodigal Son Hace 8 meses
Love your work, very happy you're continuing to do it. Thanks to you I listened to the whole of Mere Christianity. Lewis really was a treasure.
Kyle Hace 8 meses
Outstanding as usual. Well done.
Des Dichado
Des Dichado Hace 8 meses
First! Just in case you're sad that you get few meme comments amid everyone expressing simple thanks for the content, I just wanted to say... based, and breadpilled
Reason Forge
Reason Forge Hace 8 meses
Love these videos, is a real treat when new one comes out.
louis ryan
louis ryan Hace 8 meses
Always a treat to see this channel post anything
David Dalton
David Dalton Hace 8 meses
Absolutely well done! You continue to do a wonderful job :)
Michael Kolker
Michael Kolker Hace 8 meses
Keep up the good work!
Roberto Sanchez
Roberto Sanchez Hace 8 meses
2:11 maybe what Lewis was referring to was 1 Corinthians 14:20? Brothers and sisters, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.
CSLewisDoodle Hace 8 meses
Spot on! I updated my video description notes. Thanks!
CSLewisDoodle Hace 8 meses
(4:06) Pilgrim's progress; Cartoon version: esvid.net/video/v%C3%ADdeo-bwOINBn5sDU.html Audio book Version: esvid.net/video/v%C3%ADdeo-36mSsYUAGoE.html
CSLewisDoodle Hace 8 meses
(0:23) In the last talk, C.S. Lewis illustrated morality with ships sailing in convoy during WWII. esvid.net/video/v%C3%ADdeo-MtTeCyrgjIQ.htmlt
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