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Posted by on Feb 19, 2020

  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) – – – FACT OF […]

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Special Feature

Posted by on Feb 19, 2020

Here’s the third regular show from my new 90 second YouTube channel. The purpose is to help people briefly learn about significant events in the life of C.S. Lewis. Note the text version of the show is below, WITH footnotes! The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Published (October 16, 1950) If you asked someone […]

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All About Jack

Posted by on Nov 20, 2019

The following podcast is the second and final part of a panel discussion featuring the men who were speakers at C.S. Lewis: Influence & Relevance Today – An International Symposium of the Presbyterian Heritage Center (PHC) that was held at the Montreat Conference Center November 6-8, 2019. They were Drs. Don King, Jerry Root, David […]

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Confirming Quotations

Posted by on Jan 1, 2020

The following is a list of the most popular posts from 2019. Here are all the pages that had 1,000 or more views, with the except of the home (main) page. There are eighteen posts, with all but two of them related to misquoting Lewis. Title Views (CCSLQ-41) – Go Back and Change 14,497 Confirming […]

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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 that link (that is, it does NOT have to be a Lewis book!).

So, click on the banner below and when you buy anything then I’ll get a small percentage of the sale! Please feel free to share this page with others.

 

 

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!

90 Sec #3 – When The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was Published (YouTube)

Here’s the third regular show from my new 90 second YouTube channel. The purpose is to help people briefly learn about significant events in the life of C.S. Lewis.

Note the text version of the show is below, WITH footnotes!

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Published (October 16, 1950)

If you asked someone to name a book by C.S. Lewis the majority would give this title. However, during his lifetime this would not have been the case. When Jack died less than fifteen years after The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (LWW) was published, he was more known (at least in the U.S.) for *The Screwtape Letters, as evidenced by the obituary published in the New York Times.[1]

According to Jack, he began his first tale about Narnia when he “was about forty,”[2] but the initial idea came to him when he was a teenager.[3] Jack didn’t get very far with the story and didn’t pick it up again until almost ten years after that initial effort. It was in the spring of 1948 that the landmark tale began to take shape and was then finished less than a year later.[4] Today, it is not only the most recognized title from Lewis, but according to one report, it is the tenth bestselling novel of all time.[5] Interestingly, Tolkien wasn’t a fan of LWW; in a letter written after Lewis died he commented that Narnia was “outside the range of my sympathy.”[6]

[1] Accessed 3/18/2019 – http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/books/lewis-obit.pdf

[2] “It All Began with a Picture…” in On Stories; pg. 53 (1982).

[3] Ibid.

[4] Companion to Narnia; pg. 464 (2005).

[5] Accessed 3/18/2019 – https://bestlifeonline.com/best-selling-novels/

[6] November 11, 1964 letter to David Kolb, S.J. in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien; pg. 352 (2000).

 

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CSL Daily 02/19/20

 

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. It’s now available in God in the Dock essay collection.

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CSL Daily 02/18/20

 

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 02/17/20

 

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 02/16/20

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 02/15/20

 

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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90 Seconds SPECIAL – C. S. Lewis & Friends Colloquium 2020 (YouTube Channel)

Here’s a special edition of “90 Seconds to Knowing C.S. Lewis” (it’s the same length, but not about Lewis himself).

Note the text version of the show is below, WITH footnotes!

C.S. Lewis & Friends Colloquium 2020

This time I’m giving you a brief glimpse of an event held every TWO years; it’s the Taylor University C.S. Lewis and Friends Colloquium in Upland, IN…
at time of this recording the next is in JUNE 2020…

So, while this video is focused on that upcoming event, you can follow the link in the description below to find out about the next one, and there are also links to highlights from previous gatherings.

This event is sponsored by Taylor University’s Center for the Study of C. S. Lewis & Friends and is so much more than just an academic conference. While there are keynote addresses from top scholars in the field of studies on C.S. Lewis and others, like J.R.R. Tolkien and Charles Williams, and there is an opportunity to hear short papers presented on these and related subjects, many who attend are just fans of these writers.

The theme for the 2020 event is “Are Women Human (Yet)? Gender and the Inklings. There are seven keynote speakers, including, Jane Chance, Diana Glyer, Charles Huttar and Don W. King.

When attending, most chose the on-campus lodging option because the days usually start early and there are often informal gatherings at the end of the day.

Again, be sure to follow the link below to learn more and remember the event is every two years.

C.S. Lewis & Friends Colloquium is held every TWO years in Upland, Indiana. The next is June 2020.

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For more information visit:
https://library.taylor.edu/cslewis/colloquium

To register FOR 2020 EVENT visit:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2020-cs-lewis-friends-colloquium-at-taylor-university-registration-79243682989?

General Link to Lewis & Friends:
https://library.taylor.edu/cslewis

Taylor Colloquium Keynote Highlights 2018 – pt. 1 of 3
https://allaboutjack.podbean.com/e/taylor-colloquium-keynote-highlights-2018-pt-1-of-3-1578694666/

Taylor Colloquium Keynote Highlights 2018 – pt. 2 of 3
https://allaboutjack.podbean.com/e/re-post-taylor-colloquium-keynote-highlights-2018-pt-2-of-3-1578926156/

Taylor Colloquium Keynote Highlights 2018 – pt. 3 of 3
https://allaboutjack.podbean.com/e/re-post-taylor-colloquium-keynote-highlights-2018-pt-3-of-3-1578926280/

Keynote Highlights Taylor Colloquium 2016
https://allaboutjack.podbean.com/e/re-post-keynote-highlights-taylor-colloquium-2016-1502982484/

The Misquotable C.S. Lewis
https://amzn.to/2IUTJBr

CSL Daily 02/14/20

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 02/13/20

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 02/12/20

 

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 02/11/20

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 02/10/20

 

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 02/09/20

 

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 02/08/20

 

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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2020 C.S. Lewis Quotathon Recap – Day 1, Part 1

This page serves as an extension of the “show notes” for my extended edition of “90 Seconds to Knowing C.S. Lewis” YouTube video of “2020 C.S. Lewis Quotathon Recap – Day 1, Part 1.” After the video itself are the graphic images for the quotes used. This makes it easy to share the individual quotations.

 

 

 

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