Tao, beauty, femininity, gender roles


I first encountered Elizabeth Elliot’s work somewhere between my Junior and Senior years of High School. Her timeless classic Passion and Purity shaped my opinions of relationships, femininity, and above all, pursuing holiness. My personal copy of this book sits on my shelf, dog-eared and underlined, with scribbled notes throughout. Time and again, it has been a source of wisdom in my life. Recently, when I was when attempting to consider the application side of ethical theory, I saw a link between her thoughts and those of C.S. Lewis, in The Abolition of Man. Lewis’ natural law theory, which he calls the Tao, provides an objective system of values, which in turn gives intrinsic worth to the art of feminine beauty.



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