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Posted by on Jun 15, 2019

  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) – – […]

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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 Jun 8, 2019

In May 2019 a biopic on J.R.R. Tolkien, simply entitled Tolkien was released. While there has been no shortage of opinions on the film, I wanted to add some thoughts on it for those who follow this podcast. Two guests join me to share a hopeful perspective about the movie while acknowledging its shortcomings. They are […]

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Confirming Quotations

Posted by on Mar 29, 2019

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 (my first post on the topic was actually on January 26, 2014). I’ve also done a few podcasts on the topic. Plus, not long ago (March 2018) I […]

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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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CSL Daily 06/15/19

 

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)

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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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CSL Daily 06/14/19

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)

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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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CSL Daily 06/13/19

 

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)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

The seventh Screwtape letter was published on June 13, 1941 in The Guardian. Mentions “Materialist Magician.” Better understand The Screwtape Letters with this enhanced study guide!

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CSL Daily 06/12/19

 

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)

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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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CSL Daily 06/11/19

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“If we are made for heaven, the desire for our proper place will be already in us, but not yet attached to the true object, and will even appear as the rival of that object.”

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

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FACT OF THE DAY:

Science-Fiction Cradlesong is a revised poem by Lewis published on June 11, 1954 under a different title in The Times Literary Supplement.

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CSL Daily 06/10/19

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“I can obey advice from others which I have often given myself in vain.”

Letter to Mary Van Deusen 6/10/1952
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume III)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

The U.K. edition of Letters to an American Lady was published in June, 1969 (it was first published in the U.S. on Dec. 19, 1967).

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CSL Daily 06/09/19

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The human soul is not the seeker but the sought: it is God who seeks, who descends from the other world to find and heal Man; the parable about the Good Shepherd looking for and finding the lost sheep sums it up.”

Edmund Spenser, 1552–99
(Republished in Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Literature on 6/9/1966)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Literature was released June 9, 1966. It collects various essays by Lewis on the specialized topic.

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[PODCAST] Discussion of Tolkien Biopic (Glyer and Dickieson)

In May 2019 a biopic on J.R.R. Tolkien, simply entitled Tolkien was released. While there has been no shortage of opinions on the film, I wanted to add some thoughts on it for those who follow this podcast. Two guests join me to share a hopeful perspective about the movie while acknowledging its shortcomings. They are Dr. Diana Glyer, a respected scholar on Tolkien and Lewis, and Brenton Dickieson who is a Lewis scholar nearing his completion of Ph.D. studies on Lewis.

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Listen to Discussion of Tolkien Biopic Interview

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Articles/Reviews – Tolkien:

CSL Daily 06/08/19

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The New Testament has lots to say about self-denial, but not about self-denial as an end in itself.”

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

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FACT OF THE DAY:

“The Weight of Glory,” Lewis’s most famous sermon was preached on June 8, 1941 at St. Mary the Virgin in Oxford.
Hear a podcast with a variety of guests that celebrates it.

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CSL Daily 06/07/19

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“It does one good to see the fine side of people we’ve always seen the worst of.”

Letter to Arthur Greeves 6/7/1930
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume I)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

“The Morte Darthur” by Lewis was a book review of The Works of Sir Thomas Malory published on June 7, 1947 in The Times Literary Supplement. It was reprinted in Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Literature

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CSL Daily 06/06/19

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

(Screwtape Boasts:) “There is nothing like suspense and anxiety for barricading a human’s mind against the Enemy [i.e. God].”

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

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FACT OF THE DAY:

The sixth Screwtape letter was published on June 6, 1941 in The Guardian. Topics include how to “weaken his (patient’s) prayers.”

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CSL Daily 06/05/19

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“I now feel that one must never say one believes or understands anything: any morning a doctrine I thought I already possessed may blossom into this new reality.”

Letter to Sister Penelope 6/5/1951
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume III)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

The first known letter that Lewis wrote to Arthur Greeves was on June 5, 1914. He wrote so many they filled a book!

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CSL Daily 06/04/19

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

(Screwtape Advises Wormwood:) “Do not allow any temporary excitement to distract you from the real business of undermining faith and preventing the formation of virtues.”

The Screwtape Letters V
(Published in The Guardian on 5/30/1941)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

On June 4, 1954 Lewis accepted the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University. 

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CSL Daily 06/03/19

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“After all, almost the main work of life is to come out of our selves, out of the little, dark prison we are all born in.”

Letter to Keith Masson 6/3/1956
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume III)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis wrote to Hila Newman, an eleven-year-old, on June 3, 1953 giving her clues about “Aslan’s other name.”

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CSL Daily 06/02/19

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The real difficulty is, isn’t it, to adapt ones steady beliefs about tribulation to this particular tribulation; for the particular, when it arrives, always seems so peculiarly intolerable.”

Letter to Owen Barfield 6/2/1940
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume II)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

“Membership,” a talk by Lewis given four months earlier, was published in the June, 1945 issue of Sobornost.

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