CSL Daily

Posted by on Jun 24, 2017

FACT OF THE DAY: The first paperback edition of The Silver Chair came out on June 24, 1965 (first published September 7, 1953).  – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The simple physical pains and (still more) the pleasures can’t be expressed in language. I labour the point lest the devil should hereafter try to […]

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Special Feature

Posted by on Jun 24, 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.     – Most people enjoy being recognized. In fact, those who are well-known are […]

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All About Jack

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017

Here’s another interview that was first released back in 2012 and not yet shared again since my audio hosting was moved to Podbean in late 2014. Thus, this is something most of you has likely not heard before now. This podcast is with Andrew Lazo and is about a book he co-edited, MERE CHRISTIANS: Inspiring Stories […]

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Confirming Quotations

Posted by on Jun 3, 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 6/10/17

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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!

(CMCSL-4): After Winston Churchill, Lewis Was the Most Recognized Voice in Britain in the 1940’s

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.    


Most people enjoy being recognized. In fact, those who are well-known are usually ones who seek out the fame. This was not the case for C.S. Lewis. While he enjoyed the company of friends and spoke publicly, he was also a rather bookish man. In an interview published in the September 8, 1947 issue of Time he is quoted as saying, “I like monotony.” So, even though Lewis didn’t seek to be famous, he nevertheless became a public figure.

Much of his fame (at least in England) is attributed to the fact that he was on the radio (BBC) speaking in favor of the Christian faith on four series of talks that later became the book Mere Christianity. His third show from the first series had an audience of over two million listeners! Is it any wonder there is the claim that Lewis was the most recognized voice after Winston Churchill? Even though this detail has been mentioned by established scholars, it is simply not true.

CSL Daily 6/24/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The first paperback edition of The Silver Chair came out on June 24, 1965 (first published September 7, 1953). 

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The simple physical pains and (still more) the pleasures can’t be expressed in language. I labour the point lest the devil should hereafter try to make you believe that what was wordless was therefore vague and nebulous. But in reality it is just the clearest, the most concrete, and the most indubitable realities which escape language: not because they are vague but because language is.”

Letter to Rhona Bodle 6/24/1949
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume II)

CSL Daily 6/23/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis’s poem “Vitrea Circe” was published in Punch on June 23, 1948  and was revised and reprinted in Poems.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

(Screwtape Admits:) “Prayers offered in the state of dryness are those which please Him (God) best.”

The Screwtape Letters VIII
(Published in The Guardian on 6/20/1941)

CSL Daily 6/22/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis showed the galley proofs for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to the Inklings on June 22, 1950.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“It is not really you who are holding fast to Him but He to you: and He will bring you to wherever He wants.”

Letter to Rhona Bodle 6/22/1948
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume II

CSL Daily 6/21/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

An Expostulation (against too many writers of science fiction) – a poem from Lewis was published in the June, 1959 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Glory, as Christianity teaches me to hope for it, turns out to satisfy my original desire and indeed to reveal an element in that desire which I had not noticed.”

The Weight of Glory
(Sermon preached on 6/8/1941)

Mere Christians (Andrew Lazo, co-editor)

Here’s another interview that was first released back in 2012 and not yet shared again since my audio hosting was moved to Podbean in late 2014. Thus, this is something most of you has likely not heard before now. This podcast is with Andrew Lazo and is about a book he co-edited, MERE CHRISTIANS: Inspiring Stories of Encounters with C. S. Lewis. Andrew has written a variety of articles on Lewis and contributed to the 2015 book, Women and C. S. Lewis. He has also been a guest on my occasional “Essay Chat” podcast series. We took two programs to explore Lewis’ essay called “On Stories.”

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Listen to Mere Christians Interview

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CSL Daily 6/20/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The eighth Screwtape letter was published in The Guardian on June 20, 1941. It has the first mention of Slubgob.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

(Screwtape Admits:) “One must face the fact that all the talk about His [God’s] love for men, and His service being perfect freedom, is not (as one would gladly believe) mere propaganda, but an appalling truth.”

The Screwtape Letters VIII
(Published in The Guardian on 6/20/1941)

CSL Daily 6/19/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“Membership” was published in the June 1945 issue of Sobornost. Previously it was a talk given in February to the Society of St. Alban and St. Sergius in Oxford.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“How God thinks of us is not only more important, but infinitely more important. Indeed, how we think of Him is of no importance except in so far as it is related to how He thinks of us.”

The Weight of Glory
(Sermon preached on 6/8/1941)

CSL Daily 6/18/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Daily Readings with C.S. Lewis came out on June 18, 1992. It was republished as C.S. Lewis: Readings for Meditation and Reflection.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“When we want to be something other than the thing God wants us to be, we must be wanting what, in fact, will not make us happy.”

The Problem of Pain
(Quoted in Daily Readings with C.S. Lewis published on 6/18/92)

CSL Daily 6/17/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The paperback edition of The Personal Heresy by Lewis (with E.M.W. Tillyard)  was published on June 17, 1965.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“There are better things ahead than any we leave behind. Remember, though we struggle against things because we are afraid of them, it is often the other way round— we get afraid because we struggle.”

Letter to Mary Willis Shelburne 6/17/1963
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume III)

CSL Daily 6/16/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis’s brother, Warren “Warnie” Hamilton Lewis was born on June 16, 1895. He wrote books on French History.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“We want the Church to be small not only that fewer men may know the Enemy but also that those who do may acquire the uneasy intensity and the defensive self-righteousness of a secret society or a clique.”

The Screwtape Letters VII
(Published in The Guardian on 6/13/1941)

CSL Daily 6/15/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis’s appointment at Magdalen College at Oxford officially began on June 15, 1925 and lasted nearly three decades.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“It is so fatally easy to confuse an aesthetic appreciation of the spiritual life with the life itself— to dream that you have waked, washed, and dressed, & then to find yourself still in bed.”

Letter to Arthur Greeves 6/15/1930
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume I)

CSL Daily 6/14/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis finished his academic studies at Oxford near the end of June, 1923, beginning his exams on the 14th.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Perfect humility dispenses with modesty. If God is satisfied with the work, the work my be satisfied with itself.”

The Weight of Glory
(Sermon preached on 6/8/1941)

CSL Daily 6/13/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The seventh Screwtape letter was published on June 13, 1941 in The Guardian. Mentions “Materialist Magician.”

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

Screwtape States: “All extremes, except extreme devotion to the Enemy [i.e. God], are to be encouraged.”

The Screwtape Letters VII
(Published in The Guardian on 6/13/1941)

CSL Daily 6/12/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

An expanded version of “Bulverism” by Lewis was printed in the June, 1944 issue of The Socratic Digest.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“…Good images of what we really desire…the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never yet visited.”

The Weight of Glory
(Sermon preached on 6/8/1941)