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Posted by on Aug 28, 2015

FACT OF THE DAY: “Equality” is a shorter work by Lewis published August 27, 1943 in The Spectator. – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Friends are not...

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Special Feature

Posted by on Aug 23, 2015

The following serves as an OVERVIEW for a new series that will like have new posts EACH week. As you might guess from the title, the focus is on exploring questionable quotations...

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All About Jack

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015

Max McLean’s stage production of The Screwtape Letters has been a hit in major cities across the United States. The play features Screwtape (frequently performed by McLean)...

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Confirming Quotations

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015

Updated 8/22/2015 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...

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Quotes NOT By Lewis: A Preliminary Examination

Since publishing this post on 1/26/2014 I read a short academic paper at Taylor University that was an adaptation (and expansion) of the essay. My talk is now available on my podcast page All About Jack as “What Lewis NEVER Wrote.” – – – – – – Not long ago I was talking to Abraham Lincoln and he told me,...

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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...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 8/28

FACT OF THE DAY: “Equality” is a shorter work by Lewis published August 27, 1943 in The Spectator. – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Friends are not primarily absorbed in each other. It is when we are doing things together that friendship springs up – painting, sailing ships, praying, philosophizing, fighting shoulder to shoulder....

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 8/27

FACT OF THE DAY: The fourth radio talk from Lewis‘s first broadcast series was given today (8/27) in 1941; it was called “What Can We Do About It.” – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Progress means getting nearer to the place where you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turning, then to go forward does not get you any...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 8/26

FACT OF THE DAY: Lewis’s father, Albert, was notorious for not liking his routine changed; this quality negatively affected his relationship with his sons. – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “In fighting those who serve devils one always has this on one’s side; their Masters hate them as much as they hate us.” That Hideous Strength...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 8/25

FACT OF THE DAY: “The Trouble with ‘X'” is an essay by Lewis first published in the August, 1948 issue of Bristol Diocesan Gazette. – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I find that I do not exist on my own, that I am under a law; that somebody or something wants me to behave in a certain way.” 3rd BBC Broadcast (Given on...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 8/24

FACT OF THE DAY: Lewis’s mother, Flora had a short story called “The Princess Rosetta” published in the The Household Journal in 1889. – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “God has made it a rule for Himself that He won’t alter people’s character by force. He can and will alter them – but only if the people will let Him.” The...

The Screwtape Letters Stage Production (2015r)

Max McLean’s stage production of The Screwtape Letters has been a hit in major cities across the United States. The play features Screwtape (frequently performed by McLean) and his assistant, Toadpipe in a witty adaptation of the book. William O’Flaherty spoke with him back in 2013 about this work and related matters, including the stage version of...

OVERVIEW Of Confirming C.S. Lewis Quotations

The following serves as an OVERVIEW for a new series that will like have new posts EACH week. As you might guess from the title, the focus is on exploring questionable quotations attributed to C.S. Lewis. While I’ve written and spoken on the topic previously, this will be the “go to” page to find out whether or not a quote claiming to be from...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 8/23

FACT OF THE DAY: While today (8/23) was Lewis’s father birthday it is also the date (in 1908) that his mother (Flora) died. – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Everyone begins as a child by liking Weather. You learn the art of disliking it as you grow up.” That Hideous Strength (Published in 8/16/1945) – – – QUIZ OF...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 8/22

FACT OF THE DAY: The 17th letter from Screwtape was published in The Guardian today (8/22) in 1941. It dealt with gluttony in a unique way. – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “One of the great, achievements of the last hundred years has been to deaden the human conscience on [gluttony], so that by now you will hardly find a sermon preached or a...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 8/21

FACT OF THE DAY: “The Day with a White Mark,” a poem by Lewis was published in the August 17, 1949 issue of Punch. – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Those who are enjoying something, or suffering something together, are companions. Those who enjoy or suffer one another, are not.” That Hideous Strength (Published 8/16/1945)...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 8/20

FACT OF THE DAY: The third radio talk from Lewis’s first broadcast series was given today (8/20) in 1941; it was called “Materialism or Religion” – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “If there was a controlling power outside the universe, it could not show itself to us as one of the facts inside the universe-no more than the...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 8/19

FACT OF THE DAY: Lewis began recording today (19th) in 1958 the first half of a 10-part radio series about four types of love. – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “To nearly all ancient men, and to many medieval men, friendship seemed the most valuable and the most completely human of all natural loves. It was for them the crown of life and the...

Confirming C.S. Lewis Quotations (INTRODUCTION)

Updated 8/22/2015 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.  Why Care? The first thought some people have when they hear a quotations attributed...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 8/18

FACT OF THE DAY: “Solomon,” a poem by Lewis was published in the August 14, 1946 issue of Punch. – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I think God wants us to love Him more, not to love creatures (even animals) less.” Letter to Mary Willis Shelburne on 8/18/1956 (Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume III) –...

C. S. Lewis’s List (David Werther)

Lewis was influenced by many people and also by books from various authors. Late in his life he was asked “What books did most to shape your vocational attitude and your philosophy of life?” His answer to this was published in the June 6, 1962 issue of The Christian Century. While it could be debatable to call this his all-time top ten, it is...