Two Orthodoxies, and the Cultures They Create

Moshe Koppel’s new book Judaism Straight Up looks at today’s progressive and traditional moral psychologies and finds one wanting.


Observation
March 2 2021
About the author

Michael Weingrad is professor of Jewish studies at Portland State University and a frequent contributor to Mosaic and the Jewish Review of Books. 


In 1943, C.S. Lewis delivered a series of three lectures, published later that year as the now-classic book The Abolition of Man. With the horrors of world war and totalitarian barbarity as background, Lewis argued persuasively that the rejection of tradition, the replacement of an external moral law with autonomous reason as our source of authority, can deliver us to tyrannies as cruel and unjust as anything in human history.

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