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Posted by on Nov 21, 2019

QUOTE OF THE DAY: [A Warning to Wormwood]: “You will soon find that the justice of Hell is purely realistic, and concerned only with results. Bring us back food, or be food yourself.” The Screwtape Letters – XXX (First published in The Guardian on 11/21/1941) – – – FACT OF THE DAY: The Screwtape Letters – XXX 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 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 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

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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 11/21/19

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

[A Warning to Wormwood]: “You will soon find that the justice of Hell is purely realistic, and concerned only with results. Bring us back food, or be food yourself.”

The Screwtape Letters – XXX
(First published in The Guardian on 11/21/1941)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

The Screwtape Letters – XXX was released on Nov. 21, 1941 in The Guardian. It was the next to the last one.

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[PODCAST] Lewis Symposium 2019 Male Panel Discussion, pt. 2

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 Downing, and Hal Poe. As noted in the introduction, this recording is from my own equipment and not from what the PHC recorded. Doing it this way was the quickest way to get the show out. Also, I’ll update this page when any official video or other audio is made available.

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Male Panel Discussion, pt. 2

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CSL Daily 11/20/19

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“What we do when we imagine, then, is to suppose (with or without the support of explicit images) a reshuffling of universals taken from the actual world.”

Image and Imagination
(First published in Image and Imagination in November, 2013)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

Image and Imagination, the last book with previously unpublished material from Lewis was released in November, 2013.

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CSL Daily 11/18/19

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“A book worth reading only in childhood is not worth reading even then.”

Sometimes Fairy Stories May Say Best What’s to Be Said
(First published in The New York Times Book Review on 11/18/1956)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

“Sometimes Fairy Stories May Say Best What’s to Be Said” was first published on Nov. 18, 1956 in The New York Times Book Review. HEAR A PODCAST ABOUT THIS ESSAY – All About Jack episode – Essay Chat with Dr. Holly Ordway

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CSL Daily 11/17/19

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

[About the grey town:] “That’s one of the disappointments. I thought you’d meet interesting historical characters. But you don’t: they’re too far away.”

“Who Goes Home? or The Grand Divorce II”
(First published in The Guardian on 11/17/1944)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

“Who Goes Home? or The Grand Divorce II” was published on Nov. 17, 1944 in The Guardian. It later became part of chapter two of The Great Divorce.

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CSL Daily 11/16/19

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The remarkable thing about [my brother’s] career is that it never occurred to him until a relatively late date that his great achievement would be prose.”

Letters of C.S. Lewis – Memoir by W. H. Lewis
(US edition published 11/16/1966)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

On November 16, 1966 the US edition of Letters of C.S. Lewis came out. It was edited, with a memoir by W.H. Lewis, his brother. It was released in the UK on April 18 of the same year.

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CSL Daily 11/15/19

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

(Screwtape Suggests:) “Despair is a greater sin than any of the sins which provoke it.”

The Screwtape Letters – XXIX
(First published in The Guardian on 11/14/1941)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

On Nov. 14, 1958 Lewis wrote to Archbishop Geoffrey Fisher to accept his invitation to become a member of the Commission to Revise the Psalter.

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CSL Daily 11/14/19

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Our research department has not yet discovered (though success is hourly expected) how to produce any virtue. This is a serious handicap. To be greatly and effectively wicked a man needs some virtue.”

The Screwtape Letters – XXIX
(First published in The Guardian on 11/14/1941)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

The Screwtape Letters – XXIX: Cowardice was released on Nov. 14, 1941 in The Guardian. (Note: this is NOT the same Guardian publication that exists today). Better understand The Screwtape Letters with this enhanced study guide!

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CSL Daily 11/13/19

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

(Screwtape Proclaims:) “Prosperity knits a man to the World. He feels that he is ‘finding his place in it,’ while really it is finding its place in him.”

The Screwtape Letters – XXVIII
(First published in The Guardian on 11/7/1941)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

Although previously released in 1991, All My Road Before Me came out in paperback in the US on Nov. 13, 1992.

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[PODCAST] Lewis Symposium 2019 Male Panel Discussion, pt. 1

What follows is a podcast of the first part of the panel discussion featuring the males 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 Downing, and Hal Poe. As noted in the introduction, this recording is from my own equipment and not from what the PHC recorded. Doing it this way was the quickest way to get the show out. The second part of this show should be posted a few days after this one (link will be below when it is available). Also, as any official video or other audio is made available then this page will be updated to reflect that information.

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Male Panel Discussion, pt. 1

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CSL Daily 11/12/19

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“‘Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling’— which looks as if everything depended on us and our good actions: but the second half goes on, ‘For it is God who worketh in you’— which looks as if God did everything and we nothing.”

Faith (Given as a talk on the BBC on November 8, 1942 and later published as chapter 12 in Christian Behavior)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis’ first ever essay was published in November, 1912 in Cherbourg School Magazine and called “The Expedition to Holly Bush Hill.”

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CSL Daily 11/11/19

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next.”

Hope
(Chapter 10 of Book III (Christian Behavior) in Mere Christianity)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

The American edition of Mere Christianity was first published on Nov. 11, 1952. It was published on July 7 in the UK the same year.

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CSL Daily 11/10/19

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“When the most important things in our life happen we quite often do not know, at the moment, what is going on.”

Faith
(Given as a talk on the BBC on November 8, 1942 and later published as chapter 12 in Christian Behavior)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

The first weekly installment of The Great Divorce appears in The Guardian on Nov. 10, 1944 under the title of “Who Goes Home? or The Grand Divorce.”

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CSL Daily 11/09/19

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The truth is that the whole criticism which turns on dates and periods, as if age-groups were the proper classification of readers, is confused and even vulgar.”

Period Criticism
(Published on 11/9/1946 as “Notes on the Way” column in Time and Tide)

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 FACT OF THE DAY:

“Period Criticism” is an essay about Chesterton that was first published on Nov. 9, 1946 in “Notes on the Way” column in Time and Tide. Hear an “essay chat” podcast discussion on this shorter work, Period Criticism.

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CSL Daily 11/08/19

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“There are a great many things [in Christianity] that cannot be understood until after you have gone a certain distance along the Christian road.”

Faith
(Given as a talk on the BBC on November 8, 1942 and later published as chapter 12 in Christian Behavior)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

“Faith” is the chapter title of what was the 8th and final BBC talk from Lewis’s third series that became the book Christian Behaviour (where it is chapter 12). The talk was given on November 8, 1942.

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