CSL Daily

Posted by on Feb 22, 2019

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “A vague religion – all about feeling God in nature, and so on – is so attractive. It is all thrills and no work.” Making and Begetting (Initially a BBC broadcast from 2/22/44) – – – FACT OF THE DAY: “Making and Begetting,” the first of the 4th BBC radio series was […]

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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 Jan 29, 2019

It’s time again for the Inklings Fellowship group to go to Oxford for a week and they want you to join them. Listen to the following podcast interview with Drs. Hal Poe and Don King as they give details about the event, which begins Sunday evening, July 21st and ends Friday evening, July 26th (2019). Confirmed […]

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Confirming Quotations

Posted by on Jan 3, 2019

[UPDATED 1/9/19 – To reflect the fact that the postings are now in my EssentialCSLewis FB Group and that it is also being shared on my Twitter page.] Many of you know I’m on a crusade to rid the world of false C.S. Lewis quotations. That’s why I started a series online back in 2015 (and […]

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Exploring C.S. Lewis Misquotes and Misconceptions (Podcast Recap)

updated 3/24/18

The Misquotable C.S. Lewis is now available to buy – Learn where to get it

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.

Just click on the picture of the episode you want to hear and it will take you to the podcast site to listen to it.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 2 – Explores quotations falsely attributed to Lewis
(first of two-part)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 02/22/19

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“A vague religion – all about feeling God in nature, and so on – is so attractive. It is all thrills and no work.”

Making and Begetting
(Initially a BBC broadcast from 2/22/44)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

“Making and Begetting,” the first of the 4th BBC radio series was given on February 22, 1944. Eventually, it became part of Mere Christianity.

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CSL Daily 02/21/19

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Is it not equally reasonable to look outside Nature for the real Originator of the natural order?”

Who Was Right—Dream Lecturer or Real Lecturer?
(First published on 2/21/1945 in The Coventry Evening Telegraph, it was reprinted as Two Lectures in God in the Dock)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

On February 21, 1945 “Who Was Right—Dream Lecturer or Real Lecturer?” was published in The Coventry Evening Telegraph.

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CSL Daily 02/20/19

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“First-hand knowledge is not only more worth acquiring than second-hand knowledge, but is usually much easier and more delightful to acquire.”

On the Reading of Old Books
(Published originally as a preface to The Incarnation of the Word of God in 1944)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

John, the main character in “The Pilgrim’s Regress” was born in Puritania (on the western side of the Eastern Mountains)

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CSL Daily 02/19/19

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“It is a good rule, after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.”

On the Reading of Old Books
(Published originally as a preface to The Incarnation of the Word of God in 1944)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

“On the Reading of Old Books” is an essay first published in 1944 as an introduction to a book edited by Lewis’ friend, Sister Penelope.

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CSL Daily 02/18/19

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“To some, God is discoverable everywhere; to others, nowhere.”

The Seeing Eye
(Published originally as “Onward Christian Spacemen” in the February, 1963 edition of Show)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

On February 18, 1938, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote a letter to his publisher to consider Lewis’s manuscript of Out of the Silent Planet.

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CSL Daily 02/17/19

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The Christian…does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.”

The Practical Conclusion
(BBC talk given on 2/15/1942)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

The Cosmic Trilogy (a collection of all three Sci-Fi books by Lewis) was released in February, 1990.

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CSL Daily 02/16/19

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“It is funny how mortals always picture us as putting things into their minds: in reality our best work is done by keeping things out.”

The Screwtape Letters
(Released in the U.S. on 2/16/1943)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

The Screwtape Letters was published in the U.S. on February 16, 1943, but was released in the UK in Feb. 1942.

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CSL Daily 02/15/19

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“We have to take reality as it comes to us: there is no good jabbering about what it ought to be like or what we should have expected it to be like.”

The Practical Conclusion
(BBC talk given on 2/15/1942)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

The final radio talk from the second BBC series was given on February 15, 1942. It is now known as “The Practical Conclusion.”

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CSL Daily 02/14/19

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Bereavement is not the truncation of married love but one of its regular phases—like the honeymoon. What we want is to live our marriage well and faithfully through that phase too. If it hurts (and it certainly will) we accept the pains as a necessary part of this phase.”

A Grief Observed 
(Published in the US on 2/14/1963)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

A Grief Observed was published for the first time in the US on February 14, 1963, after being released in the UK on 9/29/1961. Also paperbacks of The Screwtape Letters and Mere Christianity were released on February 14, 1955) in the UK.

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CSL Daily 02/13/19

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“God…is related to the universe more as an author is related to a play than as one object in the universe is related to another.”

The Seeing Eye
(Published originally as “Onward Christian Spacemen” in the February, 1963 edition of Show)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

In February 1963 “Onward Christian Spacemen” was published in Show. Lewis disliked the title and it is now known as “The Seeing Eye.”

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CSL Daily 02/12/19

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“[Charles Williams writes] that sort of book in which we begin by saying, ‘Let us suppose that this everyday world were, at some one point, invaded by the marvellous. Let us, in fact, suppose a violation of frontier.'”

The Novels of Charles Williams
(Talk recorded and aired on 2/11/1949; now found in On Stories)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

Letters to Malcolm came out in the US on February 12, 1964. It had been released in the UK at the end of the previous month.

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CSL Daily 02/11/19

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“To find that one’s emotions do not ‘come to heel’ and line up as stable sentiments in permanent conformity with one’s convictions is simply the facts of being a fallen, and still imperfectly redeemed, man.”

Letter to Michael Edwardson 2/11/1960
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume III)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis spoke on the BBC on February 11, 1949 on “The Novels of Charles Williams.” It was recorded and is also in On Stories.

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CSL Daily 02/10/19

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“We are forbidden to neglect the assembling of ourselves together.”

Membership
(Talk given on 2/10/1945; now found in The Weight of Glory)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

The World’s Last Night collection of essays book was first published on February 10, 1960. Lewis also gave a talk now known as “Membership” today in 1945.

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CSL Daily 02/09/19

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them.”

Preface to The Screwtape Letters
(Published 2/9/1942)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

The Screwtape Letters (book) was first published in the UK on this date (2/9) in 1942. Hear a podcast reflecting on the greatness of the book.

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CSL Daily 02/08/19

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The central Christian belief is that Christ’s death has somehow put us right with God and given us a fresh start.”

The Perfect Penitent
(Given as a talk on the BBC on 2/8/1942)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

The fourth talk from the second BBC series was given on February 8, 1942. It’s now known as “The Perfect Penitent.”

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