CSL Daily

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017

FACT OF THE DAY: Perelandra which was released in the UK in April, 1943 (on the 20th); was first available in the US a year later on April 11, 1944. – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Ambition! We must be careful what we mean by it. It if means the desire to get ahead […]

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Special Feature

Posted by on Apr 11, 2017

The following is the first of two talks by Dr. Joseph Pearce from the Inklings Fellowship Weekend Retreat in Montreat, NC. This one is called “An Introduction to G. K. Chesterton.” It was given on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Please note that the video was NOT professionally recorded. It was done by using the LG V20 smartphone. […]

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All About Jack

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017

  What is the “best tool” in the Devil’s toolbox? You might be surprised that it is the opposite of what you think it might be! Screwtape reveals the secret outright in the fourth letter, but the method is mentioned either directly or indirectly in 75% of the letters. This sixth episode of  “200 Seconds in […]

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Confirming Quotations

Posted by on Apr 8, 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 HERE to quickly see what has been posted […]

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Correcting Misconceptions About C.S. Lewis

 Updated 4/14/17

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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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WELCOME!
Sketch courtesy of Jef Murray

Sketch courtesy of Jef Murray

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 4/24/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Perelandra which was released in the UK in April, 1943 (on the 20th); was first available in the US a year later on April 11, 1944.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Ambition! We must be careful what we mean by it. It if means the desire to get ahead of other people—which is what I think it does mean—then it is bad. If it means simply wanting to do a thing well, then it is good.”

Answers to Questions on Christianity
(Talk given on April 18th or 19th in 1944 at the Electric and Musical Industries Christian Fellowship)

Q04-24 - (Ambition - Depends)

CSL Daily 4/23/17

Jack and Joy

FACT OF THE DAY:

Happy anniversary to Lewis & Joy Davidman (1st time married on April 23, 1956).

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“All the beauty of nature withers when we try to make it absolute. Put first things first and we get second things thrown in: put second things first & we lose both first and second things.”

Letter to  Dom Bede Griffiths OSB on 4/23/1951
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume III)

Q04-23 - (First Things Letter)

CSL Daily 4/22/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“Hamlet: The Prince or the Poem?” is the Annual Shakespeare Lecture Lewis gave on April 22, 1942 for the British Academy in London.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.”

Hamlet: The Prince or the Poem?
(Lecture given  on April 22, 1942 for the British Academy in London)

Q04-22 - (Wise Circle)

CSL Daily 4/21/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“Interim Report” published in The Cambridge Review on April 21, 1956 presented Lewis’s comparison of Oxford and Cambridge.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“No creature that deserved Redemption would need to be redeemed. They that are whole need not the physician. Christ died for men precisely because men are not worth dying for; to make them worth it.”

Religion and Rocketry
(Published as “Will We Lose God in Outer Space” in the April, 1958 issue of Christian Herald)

 Q04-21 - (Deserved Redemption)

CSL Daily 4/20/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

On April 20, 1942 is when Perelandra was published. It tells of adventures on Venus.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Every joy is beyond all others. The fruit we are eating is always the best fruit of all.”

Perelandra
(Published 4/20/1943)

Q04-20 - (Best Fruit)

CSL Daily 4/19/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Christian Behaviour was first published on April 19, 1943. It is better known for being Book 3 of Mere Christianity.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Hope…a continual looking forward to the eternal world is not (as some modern people think) a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant to do.”

Christian Behaviour 
(Published 4/19/1943)

Q04-19 - (Looking Forward)

200 Seconds in Hell with C.S. Lewis Episode 6

 200 Seconds Ep 6

What is the “best tool” in the Devil’s toolbox? You might be surprised that it is the opposite of what you think it might be! Screwtape reveals the secret outright in the fourth letter, but the method is mentioned either directly or indirectly in 75% of the letters. This sixth episode of  “200 Seconds in Hell with C.S. Lewis” points you to the information told to Wormwood to help you overcome the schemes of the devils. 

2017 is the 75th anniversary of when The Screwtape Letters was first published. So, why not read it again! And consider getting my enhanced study guide to help you enjoy it even more. Get a free 20 page PDF sample of my book via ScrewtapeCompanion.com.

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Listen to 200 Seconds – Episode 6

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CSL Daily 4/18/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Letters of C.S. Lewis, edited, with a Memoir by Warren Lewis was first published April 18, 1966. Originally it began as a biography.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“It is a curious fact that the advice we can give to others we cannot give to ourselves and truth is more effective through any life rather than our own.”

Letter to Sister Penelope (sent 11/19/1941)
(First available in Letters of C.S. Lewis published 4/18/1966)

Q04-18R - (Advice to Ourselves)

CSL Daily 4/17/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Will We Lose God in Outer Space? was published in the April 1958 issue of Christian Herald; it’s now known as “Religion and Rocketry,” and best found in The World’s Last Night.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The voice of God indeed daily calls to us; calls to the world to abandon sins and seek the Kingdom of God wholeheartedly. O that we may all hear the call of the Father and, sometime, at last be converted to the Lord.”

Letter to Don Giovanni Calabria on 4/17/1949
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume II)

Q04-17 - (Voice of God)

CSL Daily 4/16/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis preached “The Grand Miracle” on April 15, 1945 at St. Jude on the Hill Church in London. Now found in God in the Dock.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The question ‘Who is in the right’ (in a given quarrel) is quite distinct from the question ‘Who is righteous?’— for the worse of two disputants may always be in the right on one particular issue.”

Letter to Dom Bede Griffiths OSB on 4/16/1940
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume II)

Q04-16 - (Given Quarrel)

CSL Daily 4/15/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

While serving in WWI Lewis was wounded by a British shell on April 15, 1918 during the Battle of Arras.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The Christian story is precisely the story of one grand miracle, the Christian assertion being that what is beyond all space and time, what is uncreated, eternal, came into nature, into human nature, descended into His own universe, and rose again, bringing nature up with Him.”

The Grand Miracle
(Sermon Preached on 4/15/1945  at St. Jude on the Hill Church)

Q04-15 - (Grand Miracle)

CSL Daily 4/14/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“A Note on Comus” and “Genius and Genius” was published in The Review of English Studies in April in 1932 and 1936 respectively.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“But let us thank God that we are still very far from travel to other worlds. I have wondered before now whether the vast astronomical distances may not be God’s quarantine precautions. They prevent the spiritual infection of a fallen species from spreading.”

Religion and Rocketry (initially titled Will We Lose God in Outer Space)
(Published in Christian Herald in April 1958 issue)

Q04-14 - (God's Quarantine)

CSL Daily 4/13/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

23rd & final installment of what eventually became part of The Great Divorce was published on April 13, 1945 in The Guardian.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Only the Greatest of all can make Himself small enough to enter Hell. For the higher a thing is, the lower it can descend.”

Who Goes Home? or The Grand Divorce XXIII
(Published in The Guardian on 4/13/1945)

Q04-13 - (Greatest of All)

CSL Daily 4/12/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“Lilies that Fester” by Lewis was published in the April, 1955 issue of Twentieth Century and is available in The World’s Last Night.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The more we get what we now call ‘ourselves’ out of the way and let Him take us over, the more truly ourselves we become…our real selves are all waiting for us in Him.”

The New Men
(Initially a BBC broadcast from 4/4/44)

Q04-12 - (Real Selves in Him)

(Video) Dr. Joseph Pearce – “An Introduction to G. K. Chesterton”

The following is the first of two talks by Dr. Joseph Pearce from the Inklings Fellowship Weekend Retreat in Montreat, NC. This one is called “An Introduction to G. K. Chesterton.” It was given on Saturday, April 1, 2017.

Please note that the video was NOT professionally recorded. It was done by using the LG V20 smartphone. Both the audio and the video was recorded with it.