The Amoral Virtues

11 Mar

In our public schools today, there are only three virtues taught: tolerance,


Virtue (Photo credit: Leonard John Matthews)

multiculturalism and environmentalism. Really, there is only one: inclusivism or, better, egalitarianism – all people and ideas should be treated the same; all cultures are equally valid; man is not distinct from nature but merely another species. . . When all other virtues are reduced to a bland egalitarianism, our humanity is likewise reduced to a colorless, passionless, amoral existence.

– Louis Markos, from his book “On the Shoulders of Hobbits: The Road to Virtue with Tolkien and Lewis” (Moody Publishers, 2012)

I have nearly finished reading this wonderful, and important, book. You can bet that I will have much more to write about this soon. Markos writes so many important things in such a clear and engaging style, the pages just slip by. Plus he illuminates many important passages from The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia, and includes some nice background information on J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.

This isn’t a book to be reviewed. It is a book to be delved into. I’ll try to do that in future posts. In the meantime, do yourself a favor and get this book.


Posted by on March 11, 2013 in Authors, Quotations


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3 responses to “The Amoral Virtues

  1. jubilare

    March 11, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    I can’t wait. 🙂

  2. Louis Markos

    June 9, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Thanks so much for your wonderful review and overview of my book. I’m glad I stumbled on to your webpage. You really have understood the heart of my book, and that means a lot to a writer. You are right, though, that I SHOULD have added a fuller definition of virtue! Thanks again and feel free to drop me an email. I’m running a blog, A to Z with CSL, on my webpage right now:


    • Rob

      June 9, 2013 at 11:45 pm

      Thank you so much, Professor Markos.


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