CSL Daily

Posted by on Apr 28, 2016

FACT OF THE DAY: There are characters named in Narnia for every letter in the alphabet except for “x.” – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The more a man was in the Devil’s power, the less he would be aware of it, on the principle that a man is still fairly sober as long […]

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Special Feature

Posted by on Apr 4, 2016

Here’s a little something I put together…a book trailer that focuses on the endorsements.

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All About Jack

Posted by on Apr 25, 2016

The following is a conversation with Dr. Joel Woodruff of C.S. Lewis Institute. He is the president of that organization. The focus of the show is on their upcoming conference that will be held at the Wade Center at Wheaton College June 26th – 30th. The theme is on “The Spiritual Formation of C.S. Lewis.” […]

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Confirming Quotations

Posted by on Apr 2, 2016

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. There is an “at a glance” page HERE to quickly see what has been posted so far in this series. Also, if you haven’t […]

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Confirming C.S. Lewis Quotations (INTRODUCTION)

This is the official introduction to an occasional series exploring quotations attributed to C.S. Lewis that are questionable for one reason or another. There is an “at a glance” page HERE to quickly see what has been posted so far in this series. 

INTRODUCTION

Why Care?

The first thought some people have when they hear a quotations attributed to C.S. Lewis may not be by him, or that the quote as it is presented is too isolated from its context, is WHO CARES? Obviously, I do and in addition to many other that I know do, I hope you will as well.

Categories of Questionable Quotations

To make sure you are clear with what these mean, the following explanations should help:

  1. Not – those falsely attributed to Lewis. Someone else wrote it. Lewis may or may not have written something similar.

  2. Almost – it is either a paraphrase or missing some words or incorrect words, but usually no one else said it as far as we know.

  3. Not Quite – while Lewis wrote it, the quote when isolated means something other than intended (or has the potential to be misunderstood).

WELCOME!

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 4/28

Q 4-28FACT OF THE DAY:

There are characters named in Narnia for every letter in the alphabet except for “x.”

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The more a man was in the Devil’s power, the less he would be aware of it, on the principle that a man is still fairly sober as long as he knows he’s drunk.”

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

CSL Daily 4/27

Q 4-27

FACT OF THE DAY:

The Personal Heresy, published today (4/27) in 1939 is the only book by Lewis with a co-author (Professor E.M.W. Tillyard).

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“One never can see, or not till long afterwards, why any one was selected for any job. And when one does, it is usually some reason that leaves no room for vanity.”

Perelandra
(Published 4/20/1943)

CSL Daily 4/26

Q 4-26

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis began keeping a diary for nearly five years starting this month (April) in 1922. It was released after his death as All My Road Before Me.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“All that is made seems planless to the darkened mind, because there are more plans than it looked for.”

Perelandra
(Published 4/20/1943)

C.S. Lewis Institute Summer Conference 2016

CSLI 2016 Summer ConferenceThe following is a conversation with Dr. Joel Woodruff of C.S. Lewis Institute. He is the president of that organization. The focus of the show is on their upcoming conference that will be held at the Wade Center at Wheaton College June 26th – 30th. The theme is on “The Spiritual Formation of C.S. Lewis.” The plenary speaker is Dr. Lyle Dorsett. Other speakers include Dr. Jerry Root, Dr. Wayne Martindale and Marjorie Lamp Mead. Dr. Root and Dr. Martindale have previously been on All About Jack.

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Listen to CSLI Summer Conference 2016 Interview

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CSL Daily 4/25

Q 4-25

FACT OF THE DAY:

“The Grand Miracle,” preached earlier this month in 1945 was printed on the 27th in The Guardian.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“If I remember rightly, St. Augustine raised a question about the theological position of satyrs, monopods, and other semi-human creatures. He decided it could wait till we knew there were any.”

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

CSL Daily 4/24

Q 4-24

FACT OF THE DAY:

Perelandra which was released in the UK in April, 1943; was first available in the US a year later or 4/11/44.

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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)

CSL Daily 4/23

Q 4-23

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)

CSL Daily 4/22

Q 4-22

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)

CSL Daily 4/21

 Q 4-21

FACT OF THE DAY:

“Interim Report” published in The Cambridge Review on this date (4/21) in 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)

CSL Daily 4/20

 Q 4-20

FACT OF THE DAY:

Today (4/20) in 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)

16r Essay Chat – Willing Slaves of the Welfare State (Dr. Crystal Hurd)

EC16r - Willing SlavesBack in April 2012 I began an occasional series of essay chats. Each of these podcasts examine a single shorter work that C.S. Lewis wrote with the hopes of encourage you to read or re-read it. As “Willing Slaves of the Welfare State” is repeated with this show, I find it hard to believe that I actually did sixteen over a seven month span. Of course, back then my program wasn’t very old and this was a fairly easy way to create a new podcast. My guest for this essay chat is a familiar name; Dr. Crystal Hurd has been on the show many times. Crystal is an educator and researcher from Virginia who is currently researching the role of artists as leaders. The essay discussed can most easily be found in God in the Dock.

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CSL Daily 4/19

Q 4-19

FACT OF THE DAY:

Christian Behaviour was first published on this day (4/19) in 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)

CSL Daily 4/18

Q 4-18

FACT OF THE DAY:

Letters of C.S. Lewis, edited, with a Memoir by Warren Lewis was first published today (4/18) in 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)

CSL Daily 4/17

Q 4-17

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”

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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)

CSL Daily 4/16

Q 4-16

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis preached “The Grand Miracle” in April (on the 15th) in 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)