CSL Daily

Posted by on May 28, 2017

FACT OF THE DAY: Lewis wrote to Sister Penelope on May 28, 1945 stating that his book on Miracles was already finished (it came out May 12, 1947). – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I quite agree with you about not using one’s job for propaganda: but once the pupil raises the question I […]

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Special Feature

Posted by on May 20, 2017

This is part of an occasional series exploring questionable claims about the life or writings of C.S. Lewis.  For a list of the topics either already explored or planned to be examined you can visit the introduction to this series.     – There’s no denying that C.S. Lewis’ most original work in the 1950’s […]

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All About Jack

Posted by on May 18, 2017

What can a person learn about how to improve one’s writing from C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien? That was the subject Dr. Don King and Dr. Hal Poe addressed in a session I moderated to kick off a Creative Writing Festival held for high school students at Montreat College on March 31, 2017. This was held […]

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Confirming Quotations

Posted by on May 6, 2017

This is part of a series exploring quotations attributed to C.S. Lewis that are questionable for one reason or another. Presently a new article is posted the first Saturday of each month (or sometimes the second if there are five Saturdays). There is an “at a glance” page (CLICK HERE) to quickly see what has been posted […]

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Correcting Misconceptions About C.S. Lewis (CMCSL)

 Updated 5/20/17

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The following serves as an overview and introduction for this series that will begin soon. Presently I’m not sure how frequently updates will be posted. However, you can easily tell if I’m made changes by noting the date just above the picture. You can also keep up with new posts (and easily ask questions) by joining the group on Facebook called Misconceptions about C.S. Lewis
As you might guess from the title, the focus is on exploring false beliefs about the life or writings of C.S. Lewis. 

At the bottom of this page is what you might consider to be a “table of contents.” It can help you quickly locate an issue that has has been or will be examined. If there is no link yet then that means the article hasn’t been posted.

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The purpose of Essential C.S. Lewis is to provide useful information to all types of C.S. Lewis fans. So, whether you are new to the works and writings of C.S. Lewis, or have been reading him for years, you should be able to find something new and/or interesting. Something just begun in 2013 are two new features. Below you will notice Jack in Retrospect and Quote of the Day. The first is a weekly column examining what was going on related to Lewis over the years that week. The quotes shared are from something he wrote (or was published) around the same time or month.  The four remaining elements: C.S. Lewis MinuteAll About Jack PodcastLewis Daily Quiz and Fact of the Day are the same as before (click on the links for details if you need it). Something else new is the ability to keep up with this site via Facebook. Please visit and like!

CSL Daily 5/28/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis wrote to Sister Penelope on May 28, 1945 stating that his book on Miracles was already finished (it came out May 12, 1947).

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“I quite agree with you about not using one’s job for propaganda: but once the pupil raises the question I think one has a free hand.”

Letter to Rhona Bodle 5/28/1949
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume II)

CSL Daily 5/27/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“Work and Prayer” is an essay published this month in the May 28, 1945 edition of The Coventry Evening Telegraph weekly paper.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“We were made to be neither cerebral men nor visceral men, but Men. Not beasts nor angels but Men – things at once rational and animal.”

The Pilgrim’s Regress
(Published 5/25/1933)

CSL Daily 5/26/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Boxen: The Imaginary World of the Young C.S. Lewis was first published on May 28, 1985.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“…one road leads home and a thousand roads lead into the wilderness.”

The Pilgrim’s Regress
(Published 5/25/1933)

 

CSL Daily 5/25/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The Pilgrim’s Regress: An Allegorical Apology for Christianity, Reason and Romanticism was published on May 25, 1933.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“How God loves us: not because we are lovable but because He is love, not because He needs to receive but He delights to give.”

Letter to Genia Goelz 5/25/1952
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume III)

 Q05-25 - (God Delights to Give)

CSL Daily 5/24/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis’s obituary of Charles Walter Stansby Williams (1886-1945) was published in The Oxford Magazine on May 24, 1945).

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

(Screwtape Advises:) “Teach them to estimate the value of each prayer by their success in producing the desired feeling.”

The Screwtape Letters IVQ05-24 - (Screwtape - Prayer and Feelingt)
(Published in The Guardian on 5/23/1941)

 

CSL Daily 5/23/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The fourth Screwtape letter was published May 23, 1941 in The Guardian. It deal with “the painful subject of prayer.”

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

(Screwtape Boasts:) “It is funny how mortals always picture us as putting things into their minds: in reality our best work is done by keeping things out.”

The Screwtape Letters IV
(Published in The Guardian on 5/23/1941)

Q05-23 - (Screwtape Boast - Keeping Out)

CSL Daily 5/22/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Dangerous Oversight is a poem by Lewis published in Punch on May 21, 1947 and revised and re-titled Young King Cole in Poems.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Only the courteous can love, but it is love that makes them courteous.”

The Allegory of Love
(Publish 5/21/1936)

Q05-22 - (Courteous Can Love)

CSL Daily 5/21/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The Allegory of Love was published on May 21, 1936. It was Lewis’ first academic title.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The function of allegory is not to hide but to reveal, and it is properly used only for that which cannot be said, or so well said, in literal speech.”

The Allegory of Love
(Publish 5/21/1936)

Q05-21 - (Function of Allegory)

(CMCSL-2) – Lewis Had a Serious Crisis of Faith After Losing a Debate to Anscombe

This is part of an occasional series exploring questionable claims about the life or writings of C.S. Lewis.  For a list of the topics either already explored or planned to be examined you can visit the introduction to this series.    


Anscombe Debate Loss

There’s no denying that C.S. Lewis’ most original work in the 1950’s was with fiction. The impact of his seven Narnia stories are, in fact, what Lewis is primarily known for today. Few recall that Mere Christianity was published during the same period (although it features previous released content) and also that the novel Till We Have Faces came out the same year as The Last Battle. Because Lewis wrote so many fictional works in the 1950’s one wonders why he devoted more books to this genre than any other. If you believe some accounts it just had to be because of something that occurred in early 1948. However, one needs to be careful when explaining why he wrote more fictional works than material directly defending the Christian faith.

CSL Daily 5/20/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis spoke on “Religion without Dogma?” on May 20, 1946 before the Oxford Socratic Club. An updated version is in God in the Dock.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“[The] scientific method merely shows…that if miracles did occur, science, as science, could not prove, or disprove, their occurrence.”

Religion without Dogma?
(Talk given on 5/20/1946)

Q05-20 - (Prove or Disprove Miracles)

CSL Daily 5/19/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

What the Bird Said Early in the Year is a revised poem first published on May 19, 1938 as Chanson D’Aventure in The Oxford Magazine.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“A new Nature is being not merely made but made out of an old one. We live amid all the anomalies, inconveniences, hopes, and excitements of a house that is being rebuilt.”

Miracles: A Preliminary Study
(Published on 5/12/1947)

Q05-19 - (New Nature from Old)

Writing Tips from Lewis and Tolkien (King and Poe)

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What can a person learn about how to improve one’s writing from C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien? That was the subject Dr. Don King and Dr. Hal Poe addressed in a session I moderated to kick off a Creative Writing Festival held for high school students at Montreat College on March 31, 2017. This was held just prior to the start of and apart from the Inklings Fellowship Weekend Retreat. At the last minute it ended up being recorded and the results were better than expected, so I thought I’d share the enjoyable time I had with Don and Hal chatting about Lewis and Tolkien in relation to writing. Note that below is are links to an online list of Lewis’ works as well as a handout that Dr. King makes reference to that you might find useful.

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Listen to Writing Tips from Lewis and Tolkien

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CSL Daily 5/18/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis’s mother, Florence Augusta Hamilton, was born on May 18, 1862. She went by “Flora.”

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“A country clergyman wrote to the editor (of The Guardian), withdrawing his subscription on the ground that ‘much of the advice given in these letters seemed to him not only erroneous but positively diabolical.'”

Preface to the Second Edition of The Screwtape Letters
(Written on 5/18/1960)

Q05-18 - (Screwtape Advice Diabolical)

CSL Daily 5/17/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The Planets, a poem by Lewis was first published in the May, 1935 issue of Lysistrata, II.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Everywhere, except in theology, there has been a vigorous growth of scepticism about scepticism itself.”

Modern Theology and Biblical Criticism
(Talk given on 5/11/1959)

Q05-17 - (Sceptic about Scepticism)

CSL Daily 5/16/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

On May 16, 1941 the third letter from Screwtape was published in The Guardian.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Keep his mind off the most elementary duties by directing it to the most advanced and spiritual ones.”

The Screwtape Letters III
(Published in The Guardian on 5/16/1941)

Q05-16 - (Mind OFF - Screwtape)