CSL Daily

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017

FACT OF THE DAY: Lewis’s “The Efficacy of Prayer” essay appeared in the January issue of The Atlantic Monthly in 1959. – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Simply to say prayers is not to pray; otherwise a team of properly trained parrots would serve as well.” The Efficacy of Prayer (Published in the January, […]

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Special Feature

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017

Laughter is a funny business and you can learn more about its causes in this second episode of “200 Seconds in Hell with C.S. Lewis.” If you are just learning about this short-term podcast then be sure to also listen to the debut show that overviews my focus on The Screwtape Letters. 2017 is the 75th anniversary […]

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All About Jack

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017

During 2016 I shared a variety of shows on my All About Jack podcast. While less than thirty were brand new, close to fifteen I shared had not been available previously at the location where I now have my audio files hosted. Below you’ll find a list of the programs that weren’t tied to just […]

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Confirming Quotations

Posted by on Jan 7, 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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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 others 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!

200 Seconds in Hell with C.S. Lewis Episode 2

200 Seconds Ep 2

Laughter is a funny business and you can learn more about its causes in this second episode of “200 Seconds in Hell with C.S. Lewis.” If you are just learning about this short-term podcast then be sure to also listen to the debut show that overviews my focus on The Screwtape Letters.

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 2

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CSL Daily 1/17/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis’s “The Efficacy of Prayer” essay appeared in the January issue of The Atlantic Monthly in 1959.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Simply to say prayers is not to pray; otherwise a team of properly trained parrots would serve as well.”

The Efficacy of Prayer
(Published in the January, 1959 issue of The Atlantic Monthly)

Q01-17 (Trained Praying Parrots)

CSL Daily 1/16/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“The Romantics” is a poem that was found in The New English Weekly today (January 16) in 1947, but is now know as “The Prudent Jailer.”

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Of all the passions, the passion for the Inner Ring is most skillful in making a man who is not yet a very bad man do very bad things.”

The Inner Ring
(Published in Screwtape Proposes a Toast on 1/4/1965)

Q01-16 (Passion Inner Ring)

CSL Daily 1/15/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“Pan’s Purge,” a poem by Lewis was published January 15, 1947 in Punch; it’s now printed in Poems.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Heaven is not a state of mind. Heaven is reality itself.”

The Great Divorce
(Published on 1/14/1946)

Q01-15 (Heaven is Reality)

CSL Daily 1/14/17

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FACT OF THE DAY:

The Great Divorce (complete book) was published on January 14, 1946. The installments were called “Who Goes Home? Or The Grand Divorce.”

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, in the end, ‘Thy will be done.'”

The Great Divorce
(Published on 1/14/1946)

Q01-14 (Two Kinds of People)

CSL Daily 1/13/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

On January 13, 1919 Lewis returned to Oxford after being demobilized the previous month (WWI, of course).

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Recently (although the outward condition of my life has not changed for the better) it has pleased God to pour into my soul great tranquillity.”

Letter to Don Giovanni Calabria
(from Collected Letters, Volume 2 on 1/13/1948)

Q01-13 (Peace without Change)

200 Seconds in Hell with C.S. Lewis Episode 1

200 Seconds Ep 1

Welcome to the premier episode of  the podcast “200 Seconds in Hell with C.S. Lewis.” It focuses on highlighting the classic book The Screwtape Letters. The first show, however, serves more as an introduction to the type of information that will normally be covered. Being a podcast you need to click the link below to hear it. For the moment I’m including it on my All About Jack podcast feed, so you can follow it either on my Podbean page or via my iTunes feeds (see links below).

This series will be short-term. That is, while I’m not sure how many episodes will be done, it won’t go on forever.

2017 is the 75th anniversary of when The Screwtape Letters was first published. So, why not read it again!  

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Listen to 200 Seconds #1

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CSL Daily 1/12/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The tenth installment of The Great Divorce was published on January 12, 1945; it covered all of chapter eight.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Could you, only for a moment, fix your mind on something not yourself?”

Who Goes Home? or The Grand Divorce X
(Published in The Guardian on 1/12/1945)

Q01-12 (Stop Thinking of Yourself)

CSL Daily 1/11/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

On January 11, 1942 Lewis gave his first talk in the second BBC series called “What Christians Believe.”

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“If you do not take the distinction between good and bad very seriously, then it is easy to say that anything you find in this world is a part of God.”

What Christians Believe
(First Talk from BBC Broadcast on 1/11/1942)

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2016 Podcast Recap

2016-podcast-recapDuring 2016 I shared a variety of shows on my All About Jack podcast. While less than thirty were brand new, close to fifteen I shared had not been available previously at the location where I now have my audio files hosted. Below you’ll find a list of the programs that weren’t tied to just 2016 (that is, events held during that year). In the past two years I did a two-part show that shared brief excerpts from nearly all of the totally new show, but frankly I just didn’t have the time to do that. So, be sure to look over the list to discover podcasts you might have missed or want to hear again. Additionally, in 2016 I began to post in my iTunes and Podbean feed older shows, or reminders of programs from the current year. What you’ll hear in this podcast is a couple of highlights from three shows that showcase the variety of programs I had. 

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Listen to 2016 Podcast Recap

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CSL Daily 1/10/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The January 10, 1941 issue  of The Guardian included “Meditation on the Third Commandment” from Lewis.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The danger of mistaking our merely natural, though perhaps legitimate, enthusiasms for holy zeal, is always great.”

Meditation on the Third Commandment
(Published in The Guardian on 1/10/1941)

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CSL Daily 1/9/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“The Birth of Language” is a poem by Lewis published January 9, 1946 in Punch (it uses planetary imagery).

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“May God’s grace give you the necessary humility. Try not to think—much less, speak—of their sins. One’s own are a much more profitable theme!”

Letter to Mary Willis Shelburne
(from Collected Letters, Volume 3 on 1/9/1961)

q01-09-grace-for-humility

CSL Daily 1/8/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

On January 8, 1955 Lewis’s article “George Orwell” was published in Time and Tide.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The question is not whether we should bring God into our work or not. We certainly should and must…Each vocation has its peculiar dangers and peculiar rewards.”

Letter to Sheldon Vanauken
(from Collected Letters, Volume 3 on 1/8/1951)

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(CCSLQ-31) – Hell Rejoices

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 so far in this series. Also, if you haven’t already, be sure to read the INTRODUCTION to this series.   


hell-rejoices

“My prayer is that when I die, all of hell rejoices that I am out of the fight.”

My immediate thought after reading the above quotation was “does Hell ever ‘rejoice?'” That word, like hallelujah, has more of a Christian meaning to it. Lewis, who was very careful about how he used words in their proper sense, would not have likely used “rejoice” as something the demons in Hell would do.

CSL Daily 1/7/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis spent the first night in his new rooms at Magdalene College, Cambridge on January 7, 1955.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The whole point of seeing through something is to see something through it.”

The Abolition of Man
(Published on 1/6/1944)

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