Providing Essential Information Related to C.S. Lewis

CSL Daily

Posted by on Jul 12, 2020

  QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Flippancy builds up around a man the finest armour-plating against the Enemy [God].” The Screwtape Letters XI (Published in The Guardian on 7/11/1941) – – – FACT OF THE DAY: First and Second Things is an essay collection released on July 11, 1985 that actually contains material found in God in the Dock. – […]

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Special Feature

Posted by on Jul 12, 2020

Here’s the sixth special episode of my 90 second YouTube show. It briefly shares some FACTS related to The Screwtape Letters. – – – Books mentioned in this episode: Join the Confirming C.S. Lewis Quotations Group Join the 90 Seconds to Knowing C.S. Lewis FB group The Screwtape Letters The Screwtape Letters: Annotated Edition The […]

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All About Jack

Posted by on May 5, 2020

Back in 2013, I did my first interview with Douglas Gresham (stepson of C.S. Lewis). What follows is a new conversation I had with him that occurred in early November 2019 at an event hosted by the Presbyterian Heritage Center at their International Symposium on C. S. Lewis. The reason for the delay in my […]

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Confirming Quotations

Posted by on Jun 20, 2020

Last Update 7/8/2020 1st UPDATE: Here’s a quick overview about this and TWO other fake Screwtape quotes…from my YouTube channel: 2nd Update: I’ve revised the graphic to reflect updated information and also updated the article below.    The following is part of a series exploring quotations attributed to C.S. Lewis that are questionable for one […]

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Brief OVERVIEW of EssentialCSLewis.com

Welcome to all the NEW visitors to my website!

I thought with the recent increase in visitors that a BRIEF overview of what my site has would be useful.

I began this site about ten years ago and focused on providing quotes and facts about C.S. Lewis, my favorite author. Currently, I have “CSL Daily” that gives this information.

Another long-running feature is my PODCAST show, entitled “All About Jack – A C.S. Lewis Podcast.” It has it own dedicated website, but you can also see the content here on this website.

More recently I started a YouTube channel called “90 Seconds to Knowing C.S. Lewis,” where I briefly provide information about Lewis. On occasion, the videos focus on other features.

Over the last few years, my passion within Lewis studies has focused on what I call “confirming C.S. Lewis quotes.” That is, there are a lot of frequently shared quotes attributed to Lewis that he did NOT write, and I’ve tried to verify this. As I’ve written elsewhere, you can choose to enjoy quotes that are falsely attributed to him, however, if you choose to share them, do so without crediting Lewis. He wrote so many other great quotable sayings that one should share what he actually wrote! This information can also be found on a Facebook Group I created called Confirming C.S. Lewis Quotations.

Speaking of this, I’ve written a book on the topic, called The Misquotable C.S. Lewis.

 

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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 Special #6 – REAL Screwtape Facts (YouTube)

Here’s the sixth special episode of my 90 second YouTube show. It briefly shares some FACTS related to The Screwtape Letters.

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Books mentioned in this episode:

 

CSL Daily 07/12/20

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Flippancy builds up around a man the finest armour-plating against the Enemy [God].”

The Screwtape Letters XI
(Published in The Guardian on 7/11/1941)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

First and Second Things is an essay collection released on July 11, 1985 that actually contains material found in God in the Dock.

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CSL Daily 07/11/20

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“I don’t believe that good work is ever done in a hurry.”

Letter to Arthur Greeves 7/11/1916
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume I)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

The eleventh letter from Screwtape was published on July 11, 1941 in The Guardian. Better understand The Screwtape Letters with this enhanced study guide! (Note: this is NOT the same Guardian publication that exists today).

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Have you seen my YouTube channel? It’s called “90 Seconds to Knowing C.S. Lewis.” The purpose is to help people briefly learn about significant events in the life of C.S. Lewis. You can visit the channel via THIS LINK; plus here’s the sixth regular episode focusing on the fact that Lewis read Tolkien’s The Hobbit years before it was published.

 

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CSL Daily 07/10/20

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The knight…is not a compromise or happy mean between ferocity and meekness; he is fierce to the nth and meek to the nth.”

The Necessity of Chivalry
(Available in Present Concern published 7/10/1986)

BONUS: Hear an essay chat podcast on “The Necessity of Chivalry” (guest is Dr. Bruce Johnson)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

Present Concerns, an essay collection, came out on July 10, 1986. At the time all 19 essays had not previously been collected.

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Have you seen my YouTube channel? It’s called “90 Seconds to Knowing C.S. Lewis.” The purpose is to help people briefly learn about significant events in the life of C.S. Lewis. You can visit the channel via THIS LINK; plus here’s an episode I did about when The Screwtape Letters was published:

CSL Daily 07/09/20

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“It costs God nothing, so far as we know, to create nice things: but to convert rebellious wills cost Him crucifixion.”

Mere Christianity
(Published in 7/7/1952)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

“Revival or Decay?” was published in the British weekly humor magazine Punch on July 9, 1958. It’s now available in God in the Dock collection of essays book.

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CSL Daily 07/08/20

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Our divisions should never be discussed except in the presence of those who have already come to believe that there is one God and that Jesus Christ is His only Son.”

Mere Christianity
(Published in 7/7/1952)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis first used the term “Mere Christianity” in The Screwtape Letters #25; initially published Oct. 17, 1941 in The Guardian.

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CSL Daily 07/07/20

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“When a man who accepts the Christian doctrine lives unworthily of it, it is much clearer to say he is a bad Christian than to say he is not a Christian.”

Mere Christianity
(Published in 7/7/1952)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

Mere Christianity was first published on July 7, 1952.

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CSL Daily 07/06/20

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

Passage from The Weight of Glory
(Published in The Business of Heaven)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

The Business of Heaven: Daily Readings from C.S. Lewis was published on July 5, 1984 and was edited by Walter Hooper.

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Have you seen my YouTube channel? It’s called “90 Seconds to Knowing C.S. Lewis.” The purpose is to help people briefly learn about significant events in the life of C.S. Lewis. You can visit the channel via THIS LINK, or below is a video of nearly an hour conversation I had with Douglas Gresham (stepson of C.S. Lewis) about Narnia that was recorded November 2019:

CSL Daily 07/05/20

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“There are two equal and opposite errors into which 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.”

from Preface to The Screwtape Letters
(Written 7/5/1941)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis wrote his preface to the first edition of The Screwtape Letters on July 5, 1941.

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Have you seen my YouTube channel? It’s called “90 Seconds to Knowing C.S. Lewis.” The purpose is to help people briefly learn about significant events in the life of C.S. Lewis. You can visit the channel via THIS LINK, or here’s the third special extended edition…a PREVIEW of the podcast show I do…a discussion between Dr. Crystal Downing and Dr. Charlie Starr, comparing the 2005 movie version of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe with the 1950 book.

CSL Daily 07/04/20

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

(Screwtape commenting on the patient faking cynical and skeptical attitudes):
“All mortals tend to turn into the thing they are pretending to be.”

The Screwtape Letters X
(Published in The Guardian on 7/4/1941)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

The tenth installment of The Screwtape Letters was published on July 4, 1941 in The Guardian. Better understand The Screwtape Letters with this enhanced study guide! (Note: this is NOT the same Guardian publication that exists today).

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Have you seen my YouTube channel? It’s called “90 Seconds to Knowing C.S. Lewis.” The purpose is to help people briefly learn about significant events in the life of C.S. Lewis. You can visit the channel via THIS LINK, or below is a special show that tells about quotes associated with Screwtape that Lewis did NOT write:

CSL Daily 07/03/20

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“In general…the poet’s route to our emotions lies through our imaginations.”

Studies in Words, 2nd Edition
(Published in 7/6/1967)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

The Second Edition of Studies in Words was released July 6, 1967 with three new words/chapters.

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CSL Daily 07/02/20

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“All that is not eternal is eternally out of date.”

The Four Loves
(U.S. edition first published 7/27/1960)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

The Expedition to Holly Bush Hill was published in the July 1913 issue of Cherbourg School Magazine; a difference Lewis essay from 1912.

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Have you seen my YouTube channel? It’s called “90 Seconds to Knowing C.S. Lewis.” The purpose is to help people briefly learn about significant events in the life of C.S. Lewis. You can visit the channel via THIS LINK, or below is a show that debuted the first of an occasional “Narnia Character Profile” series. It about REEPICHEEP:

CSL Daily 07/01/20

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“When natural things look most divine, the demoniac is just round the corner.”

The Four Loves
(U.S. edition first published 7/27/1960)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis wrote a letter to the editor on July 1, 1949 to Church Times. It’s in God in the Dock as “The Church’s Liturgy.”

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Have you seen my YouTube channel? It’s called “90 Seconds to Knowing C.S. Lewis.” The purpose is to help people briefly learn about significant events in the life of C.S. Lewis. You can visit the channel via THIS LINK, or below is an episode about his first BBC Talk that led to Mere Christianity:

 

CSL Daily 06/30/20

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“I suppose (tho’ it seems a hard saying) we should mind humiliation less if [we] were humbler…But don’t think I don’t know how much easier it is to preach than practice.”

Letters to An American Lady
(Published in the UK June, 1969; letter written March 31, 1954)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis’s book review of “The Allegory of the ‘Faerie Queen'” was published in the June 11, 1960 issue of The Cambridge Review.

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CSL Daily 06/29/20

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

(Screwtape Laments:)”All we can do is to encourage the humans to take the pleasures which our Enemy has produced, at times, or in ways, or in degrees, which He has forbidden.”

The Screwtape Letters IX
(Published in The Guardian on 6/27/1941)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

The ninth letter from Screwtape was published in The Guardian on June 27, 1941. Better understand The Screwtape Letters with this enhanced study guide! (Note: this is NOT the same Guardian publication that exists today).

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