CSL Daily

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017

FACT OF THE DAY: The 17th letter from Screwtape was published in The Guardian on August 22, 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 […]

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Special Feature

Posted by on Aug 12, 2017

BRIEF UPDATE: It’s seems I’ve “over-summarized” MacDonald’s views on Universalism…inadvertently creating, or continuing a misconception about him. So, I’ll be doing a formal update soon to correct this oversight.  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 […]

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All About Jack

Posted by on Aug 8, 2017

If you have been on social media over the last few years then you have probably seen a quotation attributed to Lewis from someone that you wondered if he actually wrote. That happen to me time and time again; so much that I began to collect them as I researched whether or not Lewis wrote […]

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Confirming Quotations

Posted by on Aug 5, 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 8/12/17

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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 8/22/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The 17th letter from Screwtape was published in The Guardian on August 22, 1941. It dealt with gluttony in a unique way.

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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 conscience troubled about it.”

The Screwtape Letters XVII
(Published in The Guardian on 8/22/1941)

CSL Daily 8/21/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“The Day with a White Mark,” a poem by Lewis was published in the August 17, 1949 issue of Punch.

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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)

CSL Daily 8/20/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The third radio talk from Lewis’s first broadcast series was given August 20, 1941; it was called “Materialism or Religion.” Now known as “What Lies Behind the Law” (chapter 4) of Mere Christianity.

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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 architect of a house could actually be a wall or staircase or fireplace in that house.”

3rd BBC Broadcast
(Given on 8/20/1941; Then known as Materialism or Religion)

CSL Daily 8/19/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis began recording on August 19, 1958 the first half of a 10-part radio series about four types of love.

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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 school of virtues.”

The Four Loves
(First Recorded for Radio on 8/19 & 8/20/1958)

CSL Daily 8/18/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“Solomon,” a poem by Lewis was published in the August 14, 1946 issue of Punch.

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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)

CSL Daily 8/17/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The essay now known as “The Necessity of Chivalry” was first published on August 17, 1940 in Time and Tide.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“There is still life in the tradition which the Middle Ages inaugurated. But the maintenance of that life depends, in part, on knowing that the knightly character is art not nature—something that needs to be achieved, not something that can be relied upon to happen.”

The Necessity of Chivalry
(Published in Time and Tide on 8/17/1940)

 

CSL Daily 8/16/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

That Hideous Strength, a book from Lewis’s Sci-Fi trilogy, was published August 16, 1945.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“There are a dozen views about everything until you know the answer. Then there’s never more than one.”

That Hideous Strength
(Published in 8/16/1945)

CSL Daily 8/15/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

A previously unpublished essay by Lewis was the lead title piece in Christian Reunion published on August 15, 1990.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Surely you know that if a man can’t be cured of churchgoing, the next best thing is to send him all over the neighbourhood looking for the church that ‘suits’ him until he becomes a taster or connoisseur of churches.”

The Screwtape Letters XVI
(Published in The Guardian on 8/15/1941)

CSL Daily 8/14/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Voyage to Venus by Lewis was published on August 14, 1953. It is the same book as Perelandra from 1943.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“We must use the talent we have, not the talents we haven’t.”

Letter to Cynthia Donnelly 8/14/1954
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume III)

CSL Daily 8/13/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The second ever radio talk by Lewis was given on August 13, 1941. At the time it was called “Scientific Law and Moral Law” but is “THE REALITY OF THE LAW” in Mere Christianity.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The laws of nature, as applied to stones or trees, may only mean ‘what Nature, in fact, does’. But if you turn to the Law of Human Nature, the Law of Decent Behaviour, it is a different matter. That law certainly does not mean ‘what human beings, in fact, do’; for as I said before, many of them do not obey this law at all, and none of them obey it completely.”

2nd BBC Broadcast
(Given on 8/13/1941; Known as The Reality of the Law)

(CMCSL-7): C.S. Lewis was a Universalist

BRIEF UPDATE: It’s seems I’ve “over-summarized” MacDonald’s views on Universalism…inadvertently creating, or continuing a misconception about him. So, I’ll be doing a formal update soon to correct this oversight. 

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


Saying C.S. Lewis is popular among Evangelicals is like reporting the grass is green. However, there are those who are on the other end of the spectrum, believing Lewis is dangerous because of some of his views. One of those issues deals with the heart of the Christian faith – the issue of salvation. Specifically, whether or not everyone will be saved. Those who believe ALL will be saved are called “Universalists.” That is, if you hold to the idea that all will eventually go to Heaven, you are a Universalist. Some believe that Lewis held this position. However, a careful consideration of his writings clearly shows he did not hold this perspective.

Specifically, there are three main reasons some believe Lewis held a Universalist position. The first has to do with the Emeth character from The Last Battle, the final Narnia story. A second common factor for thinking he believed in Universalism is his praise of George MacDonald, who was a proponent of universal salvation. Finally, another concern expressed by some is comments Lewis made related to salvation in Mere Christianity, as well as other writings.

CSL Daily 8/12/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

A second edition of The Abolition of Man was published by Geoffrey Bles on August 12, 1946.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“An open mind, in questions that are not ultimate, is useful. But an open mind about ultimate foundations either of Theoretical or Practical Reason is idiocy. If a man’s mind is open on these things, let his mouth at least be shut.”

The Abolition of Man
(2nd Edition Published 8/12/1946)

 

CSL Daily 8/11/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“The Sailing of the Ark” was published on August 11, 1948 in Punch. Revised and re-titled “The Late Passenger” in Poems.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The Future is, of all things, the thing least like eternity. It is the most completely temporal part of time-for the Past is frozen and no longer flows, and the Present is all lit up with eternal rays.”

The Screwtape Letters XV (Published in The Guardian on 8/8/1941)

CSL Daily 8/10/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis’ letter to the editor of Church Times on “The Holy Name” was published on August 10, 1951.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“I think almost all the crimes which Christians have perpetrated against each other arise from this, that religion is confused with politics.”

Letter to Don Giovanni Calabria 8/10/1953
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume III)

CSL Daily 8/09/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The first known letter Lewis wrote to Sister Penelope occurred on August 9, 1939.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“One hopes there will come a day when one can enjoy nice things said about one’s self just in the same innocent way as one enjoys nice things about anyone else—perfect humility will need no modesty.”

Letter to Sister Penelope 8/9/1939
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume II)