Mozart, Mötley Crüe and Math… Shaping Students’ Affections In A World Gone Mad ~ Dr. Steve Turley

Echoing C.S. Lewis’ arguments in The Abolition of Man, Dr. Steve Turley cautions that modernity robs us of our humanity and leads to an abolition of sanity with regard to what is true, good and beautiful. Educators should urge students to consider their divine purpose over and against the mechanistic messages that culture throws at them. When given truth, time, and classical tools, students are better equipped to navigate a world falling apart. They begin to see that everything from rock music to math to Mozart reflects a theology and they learn how to order their affections. Help the next generation take back sanity today!


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Author of the new book, The Abolition of Sanity: C.S. Lewis on the Consequences of Modernism, Stephen Richard Turley (PhD, Durham University) is a theologian, social theorist, classical Christian educator, and prize-winning classical guitarist. He is the author of The Ritualized Revelation of the Messianic Age: Washings and Meals in Galatians and 1 Corinthians, and Awakening Wonder: A Classical Guide to Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. Steve blogs on the church, society and culture, education, and the arts at He is a faculty member at Tall Oaks Classical School in Bear, Delaware, where he teaches theology, Greek, and rhetoric, and is a professor of fine arts at Eastern University. Steve lectures at universities, conferences, and churches throughout the U.S. and abroad. His research and writings have appeared in such journals as Christianity and Literature, Calvin Theological Journal, First Things, Touchstone, and the Chesterton Review. He and his wife, Akiko, have four children and live in Bear, Delaware, where together they enjoy fishing, gardening, and watching Duck Dynasty marathons.