The Miracle of Ancient Ways
I know it’s most unusual
To come before you so
But I’ve found an ancient miracle
I thought that you should know
– Rush, 2112
There is a strange idea abroad that in every subject the ancient books should be read only by the professionals, and that the amateur should content himself with the modern books.
– On Reading Old Books, by C.S. Lewis (Chapter 7 from this collection)
Lewis, although he is a writer, would suggest reading the old if one must choose between old and new. A new book I still on trial, as Lewis puts it, not yet judged by time. The older books have been picked through – yes with errors, but not so dangerous as the errors in the new; regarding the new:
Where they are true they will give us truths which we half knew already. Where they are false they will aggravate the error with which we are already dangerously ill.
In contrast, regarding the old books:
They will not flatter us in the errors we are already committing; and their own errors, being now open and palpable, will not endanger us.
Lewis will offer that two heads are better than one, not because either is infallible but because it is unlikely that they will be fallible in the same direction.
He offers a disc
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