I really appreciated the way Lewis argued for moral absolutes by pointing at how everyone affirms moral absolutes in their ‘evaluative’ statements such as, “This is better,” or “this is worst.” I also liked the way he spoke of humanity being ‘haunted by a sense of decency’.

The idea that we’re haunted points to the fact that we can affirm the ‘seeming reality’ of the object but can’t yet affirm its total, present reality. Humanity, secular or non-secular, is haunted by a deeper sense that there is an ‘ought to’ that is big enough to encompass every cultural moment no matter how mysterious it may be.

We don’t seem able to escape that ghost…