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“We make men without chests and expect from them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.”

While this quote from C.S. Lewis is often cited, few completely understand what Lewis meant by it, nor understand the book from which it was taken, The Abolition of Man, which, unlike Lewis’s more popular works of fiction and Christian apologetics, is a broad philosophical treatise aimed at everyone, and perhaps the most admired and yet least accessible of Lewis’s writings.

My guest today has written a guide, called After Humanity, that is designed to make The Abolition of Man more understandable to the average reader. His name is Dr. Michael Ward and he’s both a Catholic priest and a Senior Research Fellow at Oxford. Michael kicks off our conversation by offering a big picture overview of what The Abolition of Man was about, which centers on Lewis’s argument against subjectivism, and for the idea that there exists objective moral values, the denial of which brings destructive consequences. We unpack the case Lewis makes for the existence of a natural order which underlies all religions and cultures, and why he called this universal, objective reality the “Tao.” We then get into what Lewis meant by the idea of making “men without chests,” the function of a man’s chest, and why chests aren’t being developed. We end our conversation with why moral debates can seem so shrill and fruitless in a world without agreement upon objective values, and if anything can be done to build the chests of modern men.

Resources/People/Articles Mentioned in the Podcast

AoM article on the meaning of “men without chests”AoM Podcast #272: C.S.. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Myth of ProgressAtheist John Gray speaks on the BBC about The Abolition of ManAfter Virtue by Alasdair MacIntyreAoM Article: Why Are Modern Debates on Morality So Shrill?AoM Article: Why Every Man Should Embrace the Jeremiad

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Michael’s WebsiteMichael on FacebookAfter Humanity on Word on Fire 

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I would not call myself a denim head, but I appreciate a good pair of jeans.

Raw denim jeans are a type of jeans I have experimented with before.

What is raw denim?

The majority of denim jeans that you purchase today have undergone a pre-washing and treatment process known as “sanforization”. This is done to soften the fabric, prevent shrinkage and stop indigo from rubbing off. Raw denim jeans (also called “dry” denim jeans) are jeans that haven’t been pre-washed and treated.

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Understanding the Levi’s 501 Shrink to Fit jeans sizing process is key to getting a perfect fit. Your choice of size will be determined by the shrinking method you intend to use. Levi’s offers the following options-dependent guidelines.

Wear them in the tub and keep them on to dry. For those who wish to wash and dry their jeans in a machine, we recommend ordering a size up. Increase your waist by 1″ for sizes 27″-36″, 2″ for 38’’-48’’, and 3” for sizes 50″. For your inseam you can increase it by 3′” for sizes 27’’-34’’, and 4’’ for 36’’. They should be bought true to size.

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I chose a more complex process I saw on other menswear websites that claimed to produce the same results without the need to wear wet jeans or drip indigo around the house. Here’s the step-by-step:

Step 1: Soak Jeans

Fill up your bath with hot water. To minimize the loss of indigo during soaking, turn the jeans inside-out. Place the jeans into the tub and make sure the water is hot enough to cover them. Allow the jeans to soak in hot water for 45 to 60 minutes.

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