Screen Shot 2015 06 24 at 10.43.58 AM Spirited Hearts

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Spirited Hearts

Stephen Muse on Why Men Without Chests Are Not Free & Do Not Love

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Unwillingness to move beyond one’s own unredeemed subjectivity in order to encounter the other and the world on their own terms inevitably produces what Lewis calls “a man without a chest,” that is, someone who is content to allow basic fallen instincts and imagination to overpower and co-opt reason because he has no discerning heart able to integrate instinct and rationality in the service of goodness, truth, and love. A “man without a chest” is someone who does not distinguish his desires from their effects on others, someone whose heart remains untrained, undisciplined, blind, weak, and ineffectual. In effect, he is a man who is not free and does not love.

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