CSL Daily

Posted by on Feb 26, 2017

FACT OF THE DAY: The 3rd and final Riddell Memorial Lecture entitled “The Abolition of Man” by Lewis was given February 26. 1943. – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “What we call Man’s power over Nature turns out to be a power exercised by some men over other men with Nature as its instrument.” […]

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Special Feature

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017

Do words matter? Of course they do! That’s why Screwtape tells Wormwood to either suggest more negative sounding terms or expressions that people associate with things they don’t like. Words like “complacency,” “unselfishness” and “Puritanical” are help for Hell’s purposes. In this four episode of “200 Seconds in Hell with C.S. Lewis” you’ll be reminded about some […]

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All About Jack

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017

Has celebrating the resurrection of Christ become routine for you each Easter? Learn about a new collection of devotional readings from the previously published writings of C.S. Lewis to help bring you to a renewed understanding of Jesus’s sacrifice. Zach Kincaid is my guest for this podcast interview to talk about Preparing for Easter, a new […]

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Confirming Quotations

Posted by on Feb 4, 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 HERE to quickly see what has been posted […]

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Confirming C.S. Lewis Quotations (INTRODUCTION)

This is the official introduction to an occasional series exploring quotations attributed to C.S. Lewis that are questionable for one reason or another. There is an “at a glance” page HERE to quickly see what has been posted so far in this series. 

INTRODUCTION

Why Care?

The first thought some people have when they hear a quotations attributed to C.S. Lewis may not be by him, or that the quote as it is presented is too isolated from its context, is WHO CARES? Obviously, I do and in addition to many others that I know do, I hope you will as well.

Categories of Questionable Quotations

To make sure you are clear with what these mean, the following explanations should help:

  1. Not – those falsely attributed to Lewis. Someone else wrote it. Lewis may or may not have written something similar.

  2. Almost – it is either a paraphrase or missing some words or incorrect words, but usually no one else said it as far as we know.

  3. Not Quite – while Lewis wrote it, the quote when isolated means something other than intended (or has the potential to be misunderstood).

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!

CSL Daily 2/26/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The 3rd and final Riddell Memorial Lecture entitled “The Abolition of Man” by Lewis was given February 26. 1943.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“What we call Man’s power over Nature turns out to be a power exercised by some men over other men with Nature as its instrument.”

The Abolition of Man
(First a lecture from 2/26/1943 from the eventual The Abolition of Man)

Q02-26 (Nature as Instrument)

CSL Daily 2/25/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The 2nd Riddell Memorial Lecture entitled “The Way” by Lewis was given February 25, 1943. It became part of The Abolition of Man.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The human mind has no more power of inventing a new value than of imagining a new primary colour.”

The Way
(First a lecture from 2/25/1943 from the eventual The Abolition of Man)

Q02-18 (God Discoverable Everywhere)

CSL Daily 2/24/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

During the evening of February 24, 1943 Lewis gave the 1st talk (“Men Without Chests”) of the Riddell Memorial Lectures that became The Abolition of Man.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts.”

Men Without Chests
(First a lecture from 2/24/1943 from the eventual The Abolition of Man)

Q02-24 (Modern Educator)

CSL Daily 2/23/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Narrative Poems was published for the first time in the US on February 23, 1972. It had been released in the UK in 1969.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“It’s only the little germ of a desire for God that we need to start the process.”

Who Goes Home? or The Grand Divorce XVI
(Published in The Guardian on 2/23/1945)

Q02-23 (Germ of a Desire)

CSL Daily 2/22/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“Making and Begetting,” the first of the 4th BBC radio series was given on February 22, 1944. Eventually it become part of Mere Christianity.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“A vague religion – all about feeling God in nature, and so on – is so attractive. It is all thrills and no work.”

Making and Begetting
(Initially a BBC broadcast from 2/22/44)

Q02-22 (A Vague Religion)

Preparing for Easter (New Lewis Book of Devotional Readings)

Preparing for Easter (2017)Has celebrating the resurrection of Christ become routine for you each Easter? Learn about a new collection of devotional readings from the previously published writings of C.S. Lewis to help bring you to a renewed understanding of Jesus’s sacrifice. Zach Kincaid is my guest for this podcast interview to talk about Preparing for Easter, a new resource for 2017. He went through all of Lewis’s writings and selected the readings, along with two passages from the Bible to aid all Christians deepening their knowledge and appreciation of this holy season. 

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Listen to Preparing for Easter Devotional Interview

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CSL Daily 2/21/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

On February 21, 1945 “Who Was Right—Dream Lecturer or Real Lecturer?” was published in The Coventry Evening Telegraph.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Is it not equally reasonable to look outside Nature for the real Originator of the natural order?”

Who Was Right—Dream Lecturer or Real Lecturer?
(First published on 2/21/1945 in The Coventry Evening Telegraph, it was reprinted as Two Lectures in God in the Dock)

Q02-21 (Look Outside Nature)

CSL Daily 2/20/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

John, the main character in “The Pilgrim’s Regress” was born in Puritania (on the western side of the Eastern Mountains)

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“First-hand knowledge is not only more worth acquiring than second-hand knowledge, but is usually much easier and more delightful to acquire.”

On the Reading of Old Books
(Published originally as a preface to The Incarnation of the Word of God in 1944)

Q02-20 (First-Hand Knowledge)

CSL Daily 2/19/17

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.

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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)

Q02-19 (Read Old Books)

CSL Daily 2/18/17

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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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)

Q02-18 (God Discoverable Everywhere)

CSL Daily 2/17/17

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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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)

Q02-17 (Because He Loves Us)

CSL Daily 2/16/17

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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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)

Q02-16 (Keeping Things OUT)

CSL Daily 2/15/17

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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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)

Q02-15 (Reality As It Comest)

200 Seconds in Hell with C.S. Lewis Episode 4

200 Seconds Ep 4

Do words matter? Of course they do! That’s why Screwtape tells Wormwood to either suggest more negative sounding terms or expressions that people associate with things they don’t like. Words like “complacency,” “unselfishness” and “Puritanical” are help for Hell’s purposes. In this four episode of “200 Seconds in Hell with C.S. Lewis” you’ll be reminded about some of the ways the devils try to twist words to make it a weapon for their gain.

2017 is the 75th anniversary of when The Screwtape Letters was first published. So, why not read it again! And consider getting my enhanced study guide to help you enjoy it even more. Get a free 20 page PDF sample of my book via ScrewtapeCompanion.com.

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Listen to 200 Seconds – Episode 4

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CSL Daily 2/14/17

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 (both 1955) in the UK.

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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)

Q02-14 (Bereavement - We Accept)