CSL Daily

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017

FACT OF THE DAY: On July 25, 1941 the 13th letter from Screwtape was published in The Guardian. Wormwood has failed again…second conversion. – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: [Screwtape Admits:] “I know that the Enemy [God] also wants to detach men from themselves, but in a different way. Remember always, that he really likes the […]

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Special Feature

Posted by on Jul 1, 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.  – I often find it amazing how little some people know about C.S. Lewis. Of […]

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All About Jack

Posted by on Jul 19, 2017

This podcast focuses on one of the lesser known works by C.S. Lewis; a long narrative poem entitled Dymer. This show is part of an occasional series indirectly begun in 2016 and officially kicked-off this year, 2017. The series is called “Why Read Lewis,” and the aim is to encourage you to read or re-read works […]

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Confirming Quotations

Posted by on Jul 8, 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 so […]

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Correcting Misconceptions About C.S. Lewis (CMCSL)

 Updated 7/1/17

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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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Sketch courtesy of Jef Murray

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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!

CSL Daily 7/25/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

On July 25, 1941 the 13th letter from Screwtape was published in The Guardian. Wormwood has failed again…second conversion.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

[Screwtape Admits:] “I know that the Enemy [God] also wants to detach men from themselves, but in a different way. Remember always, that he really likes the little vermin, and sets an absurd value on the distinctiveness of every one of them.”

The Screwtape Letters XIII
(Published in The Guardian on 7/25/1941)

CSL Daily 7/24/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

All My Road Before Me: The Diary of C. S. Lewis 1922-27 came out in the US on July 24, 1991 (three months after its release in the UK). 

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“You can step outside one experience only by stepping inside another. Therefore, if all inside experiences are misleading, we are always misled.”

Meditation in a Toolshed
(Published in The Coventry Evening Telegraph on 7/17/1945)

CSL Daily 7/23/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

While two dozen poems by Lewis were published in Punch, “Revival or Decay?” is the only non-fiction work published there.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“All sorts of things will make a man brave for the time being. Alcohol, ignorance of the danger, anger, self-respect, human loyalty, and love of God. But they’re not all equally good sources.”

The Anvil
(BBC Radio Broadcast aired 7/22/1943)

CSL Daily 7/22/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis was a guest on “The Anvil” that was aired July 22, 1943. This BBC radio program was recorded on the 19th. His comments were printed in 1981 special edition of Mere Christianity.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“If you will go to God just as you are, fully admitting that you care about Him very little, and put yourself in His hand, if you’re even ready to be made to care and leave Him to work, He’ll do the rest.”

The Anvil
(BBC Radio Broadcast aired 7/22/1943)

CSL Daily 7/21/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The poem known today as The Magician and the Dryad was first published in Punch on July 20, 1949.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The feeling of being, or not being, forgiven and loved, is not what matters. One must come down to brass tacks. If there is a particular sin on your conscience, repent and confess it. If there isn’t, tell the despondent devil not to be silly.”

Letter to Mary Willis Shelburne 7/21/1958
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume III)

CSL Daily 7/20/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Willing Slaves of the Welfare State was published July 20, 1958 in The Observer. It was part of series on Is Progress Possible?

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Progress, for me, means increasing goodness and happiness of individual lives. For the species, as for each man, mere longevity seems to me a contemptible ideal.”

Willing Slaves of the Welfare State (Published in The Observer on 7/20/1958)

WRL02 – Dymer

This podcast focuses on one of the lesser known works by C.S. Lewis; a long narrative poem entitled Dymer. This show is part of an occasional series indirectly begun in 2016 and officially kicked-off this year, 2017. The series is called “Why Read Lewis,” and the aim is to encourage you to read or re-read works written by Lewis. Today’s program features just three individuals reflecting and/or summarizing DymerThey are Dr. Jerry Root, Dr. Crystal Hurd and Dr. Don King.
Dymer was first published in 1926, prior to Lewis becoming a Christian and was later reprinted in 1950.      

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Listen to Dymer Reflections

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CSL Daily 7/19/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

On July 19, 1943 “The Anvil” (a BBC radio program) recorded its show with Lewis as one of the guests.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The safest road to Hell is the gradual one—the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.”

The Screwtape Letters XII
(Published in The Guardian on 7/18/1941)

CSL Daily 7/18/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The twelfth letter from Screwtape was published on July 18, 1941 in The Guardian.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The only thing that matters is the extent to which you separate the man from the Enemy [God]. It does not matter how small the sins are provided that their cumulative effect is to edge the man away from the Light and out into the Nothing.”

The Screwtape Letters XII
(Published in The Guardian on 7/18/1941)

CSL Daily 7/17/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The classic “Meditation in a Toolshed” essay was published on July 17, 1945 in The Coventry Evening Telegraph.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“You get one experience of a thing when you look along it and another when you look at it.”

Meditation in a Toolshed
(Published in The Coventry Evening Telegraph on 7/17/1945)

CSL Daily 7/16/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

An collection of Lewis‘ essays called Timeless at Heart: Essays on Theology was published on July 16, 1987.  

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“We have seen that every moral judgement involves facts, intuition and reasoning, and, if we are wise enough to be humble, it will involve some regard for authority as well.”

from Why I Am Not A Pacifist
(Reprinted in Timeless at Heart on 7/16/1987)

CSL Daily 7/15/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“It All Began with a Picture” was an essay published in Radio Times on July 15, 1960. It tells how Lewis got the idea for Narnia

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“All my seven Narnian books, and my three science fiction books, began with seeing pictures in my head.”

It All Began with a Picture
(Published in Radio Times on 7/15/1960)

 

CSL Daily 7/14/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Imagination and Thought in the Middle Ages is a talk Lewis gave on two nights in 1956, July 17th and 18th.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“[Flippancy] is a thousand miles away from joy; it deadens, instead of sharpening, the intellect; and it excites no affection between those who practice it.”

The Screwtape Letters XI
(Published in The Guardian on 7/11/1941)

CSL Daily 7/13/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Broadcast Talks was first released in the U.K. on July 13, 1942, containing the first two BBC radio series.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Whenever you find a man who says he does not believe in a real Right and Wrong, you will find the same man going back on this a moment later. He may break his promise to you, but if you try breaking one to him he will be complaining ‘It’s not fair’ before you can say Jack Robinson.”

Broadcast Talks
(Published on 7/13/1942)

CSL Daily 7/12/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

First and Second Things is an essay collection released on July 11, 1985 that actually contains material found in God in the Dock.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Flippancy builds up around a man the finest armour-plating against the Enemy [God].”

The Screwtape Letters XI
(Published in The Guardian on 7/11/1941)