That Hideous Strength's Omnicompetent State

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K. Alan Snyder


That Hideous Strength is clearly connected to C. S. Lewis’s The Abolition of Man, where he writes of the conditioners who seek to create a new society via the rejection of universal moral law and the rise of an educational and scientific elite. For Lewis, That Hideous Strength was a way to communicate the concerns expressed in The Abolition of Man in a story format that would appeal to those who might not read a treatise on the subject.

This paper examines his concerns about a totalitarian threat as expressed in The Abolition of Man and That Hideous Strength, and then shows how those concerns appeared in his post-war correspondence. Were his fears and concerns valid? How, in particular, did he communicate his concerns to his many correspondents? How predictive did he consider That Hideous Strength to be as he experienced the reality of post-WWII Britain?


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Snyder, K. A. “That Hideous Strength’s Omnicompetent State”. Linguaculture, vol. 13, no. 1, June 2022, pp. 57-67, doi:10.47743/lincu-2022-1-0222.
Author Biography

K. Alan Snyder, Southeastern University, Florida, U.S.A.

Dr. K. Alan SNYDER is the author of America Discovers C. S. Lewis: His Profound Impact. He has spoken at the New York C. S. Lewis Society and at the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College. He also has presented papers on Lewis at the Academic Roundtable for the C. S. Lewis Foundation and at The Center for the Study of C. S. Lewis and Friends at Taylor University.

Dr. Snyder is a professor of history at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, where he specializes in American political, cultural, and intellectual history. He has devoted his entire academic career to teaching at Christian universities.

Other books Dr. Snyder has authored are: The Witness and the President: Whittaker Chambers, Ronald Reagan, and the Future of Freedom; Mission: Impeachable—The House Managers and the Historic Impeachment of President Clinton; Defining Noah Webster: A Spiritual Biography; If the Foundations Are Destroyed: Biblical Principles and Civil Government.