Lewis writes in Abolition of Man that the proper order of things is that the head rules the heart, not the other way around. Sadly, that seems to be largely forgotten in the world today, but not completely…
I’m reading a recent book by my pastor, and find this, in his discussion of the Fall:
Notice that the mind followed the emotions, an inversion of the natural order. Human beings are not meant to be driven by their instincts like beasts. Rather, the emotional response should be shaped by the understanding. Theology should shape behavior. Because the fruit was forbidden, she should have hated it as one hates poison, though it be ever so colourful. [sic]
He’s an American, but it’s a Scottish publisher, hence the misspelling of colorful. And to be fair, his primary resources are Puritans, though Lewis is cited in a few places (albeit not here). But it’s good to see, a generation or two later, that Lewis’ point isn’t completely lost.
Johnson, Terry L. The Identity and Attributes of God. Banner of Truth, 2019. ↩︎