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Posted by on Dec 14, 2018

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “A thing may be morally neutral and yet the desire for that thing may be dangerous.” The Inner Ring (Talk given on 12/14/1944) – – – FACT OF THE DAY: Lewis gave the annual Commemoration Oration at King’s College on Dec. 14, 1944. His topic was “The Inner Ring.” – – […]

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Special Feature

Posted by on Jul 16, 2018

Most of you are aware that this website and my social media places are all paid for by a single person, myself (William O’Flaherty) because of my love of the writings of C.S. Lewis. You can play a part in supporting these works by clicking on the links I have and buy ANYTHING after following […]

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All About Jack

Posted by on Dec 4, 2018

New and old readers of C.S. Lewis should find interesting the recent release (2018) of two collections of previously released material built around a theme. The following interview is with Zach Kincaid, the person who made the selections for both books. How To Be A Christian is a somewhat awkwardly worded title for a collection that is […]

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Confirming Quotations

Posted by on Apr 21, 2018

The following is part of a series exploring quotations attributed to C.S. Lewis that are questionable for one reason or another. I’ve collected, reorganized, and expanded this material in a book, THE MISQUOTABLE C.S. LEWIS, that is now widely available (Amazon, including the Kindle format, and via Google Books). It examines 75 quotations and so it […]

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The following is the easiest way to locate the six part podcast series Exploring C.S. Lewis Misquotes and Misconceptions. This series is a companion to my Confirming Quotations and Correcting Misconceptions blog posts.

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Episode 1 – General introduction to the series that provides an overview to all of the material.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 2 – Explores quotations falsely attributed to Lewis
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CSL Daily 12/14/18

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“A thing may be morally neutral and yet the desire for that thing may be dangerous.”

The Inner Ring
(Talk given on 12/14/1944)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis gave the annual Commemoration Oration at King’s College on Dec. 14, 1944. His topic was “The Inner Ring.”

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CSL Daily 12/13/18

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Allegory frustrates itself the moment the author starts doing what could equally well be done in a straight sermon or treatise. It is a valid form only so long as it is doing what could not be done at all, or done so well, in any other way.”

The Vision of John Bunyan
(Published in The Listener on 12/13/1962)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

“The Vision of John Bunyan” was published on Dec. 13, 1962 in The Listener. It was first a radio talk on the BBC.
Hear and “essay chat” podcast on it via my All About Jack podcast.

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CSL Daily 12/12/18

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“We must be taught that this tent is not home.”

Letter to Warfield M. Firor
(from Collected Letters, Volume 2 on 12/5/1949)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

“Peace Proposals for Brother Every and Mr Bethell” is an article in the December, 1940 issue of Theology. Reprinted in Christian Reflections.

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CSL Daily 12/11/18

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Every story of conversion is the story of a blessed defeat.”

Foreword to Joy Davidman’s Smoke on the Mountain
(Quoted in A Mind Awake, published 12/3/69 in US)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

“Scraps” is a group of brief thoughts by Lewis that was published in the December, 1945 issue of St James’ Magazine.

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CSL Daily 12/10/18

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“If it is true that all our enjoyment of the images, without remainder, can be explained in terms of infantile sexuality, then, I confess, our literary judgements are in ruins. But I do not believe it is true.”

Psycho-Analysis and Literary Criticism
(Published in Selected Literary Essays; released on 12/4/1969)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

On December 1, 1956 Lewis had “Behind the Scenes” published in Time and Tide. It is reprinted in God in the Dock.

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CSL Daily 12/09/18

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“To avoid a man’s society because he is poor or ugly or stupid may be bad; but to avoid it because he is wicked—with the all but inevitable implication that you are less wicked (at least in some respect)—is dangerous and disgusting.”

After Priggery – What?
(Published in The Spectator on 12/7/1945)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

“After Priggery – What?” is an essay by Lewis first published on December 7, 1945 in The Spectator. Available now in Present Concerns.

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CSL Daily 12/08/18

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“I do not look at myself. I have given up myself.”

Who Goes Home? or The Grand Divorce V
(Published in The Guardian on 12/8/1944)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

“Who Goes Home? or The Grand Divorce V” was published on Dec. 8, 1944 in The Guardian. This eventual became part of The Great Divorce.

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CSL Daily 12/07/18

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Not all kinds of peace are compatible with all kinds of goodwill, nor do all those who say “Peace, peace” inherit the blessing promised to the peacemakers.”

Delinquents in the Snow
(Published 12/7/57 in Time and Tide

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FACT OF THE DAY:

“Delinquents in the Snow” is an article Lewis wrote that was published on Dec. 7, 1957 in Time and Tide.  It’s available in God in the Dock.

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CSL Daily 12/06/18

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“A book’s no good to me until I’ve read it two or three times.”

Unreal Estates
(First recorded on 12/4/62 and later published after his death)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

On Dec. 4, 1962 an informal conversation between Lewis, Kingsley Amis and Brian Aldiss was recorded and later published as “Unreal Estates.”

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CSL Daily 12/05/18

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Unless there is something about which the author is never ironical, there can be no true irony in the work.”

A Note on Jane Austen
(Published in Selected Literary Essays; released on 12/4/1969)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

“Xmas and Christmas: A Lost Chapter from Herodotus” is a satirical piece by Lewis published in the December 4, 1954 issue of Time and Tide.

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[PODCAST] How to be a Christian & How to Pray (Zach Kincaid)

New and old readers of C.S. Lewis should find interesting the recent release (2018) of two collections of previously released material built around a theme. The following interview is with Zach Kincaid, the person who made the selections for both books.

How To Be A Christian is a somewhat awkwardly worded title for a collection that is about what Lewis has written about understanding the Christian life and how to practically apply one’s faith. The other book, How to Pray makes more sense as a title, as it brings together the variety of writings from Lewis on prayer.

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CLICK HERE TO
Listen to How to be a Christian
& How to Pray INTERVIEW

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CSL Daily 12/04/18

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The Bible thus considered, for good or ill, as a single book, has been read for almost every purpose more diligently than for literary pleasure.”

The Literary Impact of the Authorized Version
(Published in Selected Literary Essaysreleased on Dec. 4, 1969)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

Selected Literary Essays, edited by Walter Hooper, was first published on Dec. 4, 1969.

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CSL Daily 12/03/18

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“How could an idiotic universe have produced creatures whose mere dreams are so much stronger, better, subtler than itself?”

(Published in A Mind Awake; from a letter to Sheldon Vanauken on 12/23/1950 found in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume 3)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

A Mind Awake: An Anthology of C. S. Lewis was published for the first time in the US on Dec. 3,  1969. The UK version came out March 4, 1968.

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CSL Daily 12/01/18


QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“It was the light, the grass, the trees that were different; made of some different substance, so much solider than things in our country that men were ghosts by comparison.”

Who Goes Home? or The Grand Divorce IV
(Published in The Guardian on 12/1/1944)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

“Who Goes Home? or The Grand Divorce IV” was published on Dec. 1, 1944 in The Guardian. It’s chapter 3 of The Great Divorce.

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CSL Daily 11/30/18

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“If you think of this world as a place intended simply for our happiness, you find it quite intolerable: think of it as a place of training and correction and it’s not so bad.”

Answers to Questions on Christianity
(Published in God in the Dock; 11/30/1970)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics was released on Nov. 30, 1970 in the US. It was edited by Walter Hooper.

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