CSL Daily

Posted by on Sep 26, 2017

FACT OF THE DAY: The 22nd Screwtape letter was published on September 26, 1941 in The Guardian (before being release in 1942 as a single book). It’s the only one signed by Toadpipe. – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Everything has to be twisted before it’s any use to us.” The Screwtape Letters – XXII (First published […]

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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 Sep 25, 2017

This is the sixth and final podcast episode in the series on “Misquotes and Misconceptions.” Returning guest host for this show is Dr. Crystal Hurd. Previously she help with the debut show in this series and has been on the podcast several other times (see link below). Today she helps William O’Flaherty explore the claim that C.S. Lewis was […]

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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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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 9/26/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The 22nd Screwtape letter was published on September 26, 1941 in The Guardian (before being release in 1942 as a single book). It’s the only one signed by Toadpipe.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Everything has to be twisted before it’s any use to us.”

The Screwtape Letters – XXII
(First published in The Guardian on 9/26/1941)

(PODCAST) Exploring C.S. Lewis Misquotes and Misconceptions – Episode 6

This is the sixth and final podcast episode in the series on “Misquotes and Misconceptions.” Returning guest host for this show is Dr. Crystal Hurd. Previously she help with the debut show in this series and has been on the podcast several other times (see link below). Today she helps William O’Flaherty explore the claim that C.S. Lewis was a Universalist and then material previously covered is reviewed. The topics are listed below (that also link to an article online) to help you better understand the issue that is addressed. 

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CSL Daily 9/25/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

On September 25, 1929 Lewis’ father (Albert) died. His financial support was vital to Lewis getting his degrees at Oxford.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Men are not angered by mere misfortune but by misfortune conceived as injury.”

The Screwtape Letters – XXI
(First published in The Guardian on 9/19/1941)

CSL Daily 9/24/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

On September 12, 1951 “The Country of the Blind” is a poem first published in Punch and available in Poems.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“A pleasure is full grown only when it is remembered.”

Out of the Silent Planet
(Published 9/23/1938)

CSL Daily 9/23/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Out of the Silent Planet was first published on September 23, 1938. It was his second fictional story for Lewis as a Christian.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Every day in a life fills the whole life with expectation and memory.”

Out of the Silent Planet
(Published 9/23/1938)

CSL Daily 9/22/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

On September 22, 1944 “The Death of Words” was published in The Spectator. It was republished in On Stories.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The most important sense of a word is not always the most useful. What is the good of deepening a word’s connotation if you deprive the word of all practicable denotation?”

The Death of Words
(Published 9/22/1944 in The Spectator)

CSL Daily 9/21/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“The Sermon and the Lunch” was first published on September 21, 1945 in Church of England Newspaper. It’s now in God in the Dock.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The greed to be loved is a fearful thing. Some of those who say (and almost with pride) that they live only for love come, at last, to live in incessant resentment.”

The Sermon and the Lunch
(Published 9/21/1945 in Church of England Newspaper)

CSL Daily 9/20/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Christian Behaviour, the third BBC series for Lewis began on September 20, 1942. The first talk was “The Three Parts of Morality.”

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Think of humanity as a band playing a tune. To get a good result, you need two things. Each player’s individual instrument must be in tune and also each must come in at the right moment so as to combine with all the others.”

The Three Parts of Morality
(Broadcast on BBC on 9/20/1942; Chapter one from Book Three, Christian Behaviour in Mere Christianity)

CSL Daily 9/19/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Surprised By Joy: The Shape of My Early Life by Lewis was published September 19, 1955.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Joy is not a substitute for sex; sex is very often a substitute for Joy. I sometimes wonder whether all pleasures are not substitutes for Joy.”

Surprised By Joy
(Published 9/19/1955)

CSL Daily 9/18/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“The Landing” is a poem published in Punch on Sept. 15, 1948; a revised version is in Poems.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The limit of giving is to be the limit of our ability to give.”

English Literature in the Sixteenth Century
(Published 9/16/1954)

 

CSL Daily 9/17/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe began being dramatized on the BBC in six weekly installments on September 18, 1959.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The value given to the testimony of any feeling must depend on our philosophy [belief system], not our whole philosophy on a feeling.”

Religion: Reality or Substitute?
(Published in September-October, 1941 issue of World Dominion)

CSL Daily 9/16/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

English Literature in the Sixteenth Century, Excluding Drama by Lewis was published September 16, 1954. (It was nearly 30 years in the making).

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The rule of decorum exists to avoid clashes or shocks to organized sensibility: but it was an early discovery that an occasional defiance of the rule, resulting in a shock, can give pleasure; a pleasure rich in tragic or comic possibilities. Indeed one of the purposes for which the rule exists is that it may sometimes be broken.”

English Literature in the Sixteenth Century
(Published 9/16/1954)

CSL Daily 9/15/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The Voyage of the ‘Dawn Treader’ was first published on September 15th 1952. It was the third released Narnia story.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“But I will not tell you how long or short the way will be; only that it lies across a river. But do not fear that, for I am the great Bridge Builder.”

The Voyage of the ‘Dawn Treader’
(Published 9/15/52)

CSL Daily 9/14/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“The Adam Unparadised” is a poem first published on September 14, 1949 in Punch as “A Footnote to Pre-History.”

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The educated man habitually, almost without noticing it, sees the present as something that grows out of a long perspective of centuries.”

“God in the Dock”
(First published as “Difficulties in Presenting the Christian Faith to Modern Unbelievers” in September 1948 issue of Lumen Vitae)

(PODCAST) Exploring C.S. Lewis Misquotes and Misconceptions – Episode 5

This is the fifth podcast episode in the series on “Misquotes and Misconceptions.” Returning guest host for this show is Rev. David Beckmann. Previously he was interviewed about a video series he produced entitled C.S. Lewis on Prayer (link below). This time he asks William O’Flaherty questions about a couple of confusing aspects of Lewis’ life. The topics are listed below (that also link to an article online) to help you better understand the issue that is questioned. 

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