CSL Daily

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016

FACT OF THE DAY: Lewis received an honorary Doctor of Divinity from the University of St. Andrews on this day (6/28) in 1946. – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Think of yourself just as a seed patiently wintering in the earth; waiting to come up a flower in the Gardener’s good time, up into […]

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Special Feature

Posted by on Jun 13, 2016

I just gave the following short talk on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the Taylor University Colloquium. My brief presentation was part of a variety of academic papers that was presented  there. In it I explore the 13th through the 17th letters from The Screwtape Letters to reveal where an often overlooked “preferred method” of the devils is […]

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All About Jack

Posted by on Jun 25, 2016

What follows is the panel discussion from the 2016 Taylor Colloquium that was held at Taylor University in Indiana just a few weeks ago.  Joe Ricke moderated the session with the featured keynote speakers, Diana Glyer, Colin Duriez, and Sorina Higgins. Those attending will recall that Carol Zaleski joined in via the Internet, however the quality of the […]

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Confirming Quotations

Posted by on Jun 4, 2016

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. There is an “at a glance” page HERE to quickly see what has been posted so far in this series. Also, if you haven’t […]

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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 other 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 6/28

Q6-28

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis received an honorary Doctor of Divinity from the University of St. Andrews on this day (6/28) in 1946.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Think of yourself just as a seed patiently wintering in the earth; waiting to come up a flower in the Gardener’s good time, up into the real world, the real waking.”

Letter to Mary Willis Shelburne 6/28/1963
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume III)

CSL Daily 6/27

Q6-27

FACT OF THE DAY:

The first paperback edition of The Magician’s Nephew came out today (6/27) in 1963 (first published 5/2/55).

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“You can’t get second things by putting them first; you can get second things only by putting first things first.”

First and Second Things
(Published in Time and Tide on 6/27/1942)

CSL Daily 6/26

Q6-26

FACT OF THE DAY:

First and Second Things was first published June 27, 1942 under the “Notes on the Way” column in Time and Tide.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“I think we may except [accept] it as a rule that whenever a person’s religious conversation dwells chiefly, or even frequently, on the faults of other people’s religions, he is in a bad condition.”

Letter to Mary Van Deusen 6/26/1952
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume III)

Taylor Colloquium 2016 Panel Discussion

Taylor 2016 PANEL

What follows is the panel discussion from the 2016 Taylor Colloquium that was held at Taylor University in Indiana just a few weeks ago.  Joe Ricke moderated the session with the featured keynote speakers, Diana Glyer, Colin Duriez, and Sorina Higgins. Those attending will recall that Carol Zaleski joined in via the Internet, however the quality of the audio on my recording was too poor to include; so none of her comments are included in this podcast. Other than that, all of the panel discussion content is provided in the show.

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Listen to Taylor 2016 Panel Discussion

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Panel Speakers Websites:

CSL Daily 6/25

Q6-25

FACT OF THE DAY:

On Stories: and Other Essays on Literature was initially published on June 24th in 1982.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“We act from duty in the hope that someday we shall do the same acts freely and delightfully.”

The Novels of Charles Williams
(Published in On Stories on 6/24/1982)

CSL Daily 6/24

Q6-24

FACT OF THE DAY:

The first paperback edition of The Silver Chair came out today (6/24) in 1965 (first published 9/7/53). 

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The simple physical pains and (still more) the pleasures can’t be expressed in language. I labour the point lest the devil should hereafter try to make you believe that what was wordless was therefore vague and nebulous. But in reality it is just the clearest, the most concrete, and the most indubitable realities which escape language: not because they are vague but because language is.”

Letter to Rhona Bodle 6/24/1949
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume II)

CSL Daily 6/23

Q6-23

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis’s poem “Vitrea Circe” was published in Punch, today (6/23) in 1948) and was revised and reprinted in Poems.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

(Screwtape Admits:) “Prayers offered in the state of dryness are those which please Him (God) best.”

The Screwtape Letters VIII
(Published in The Guardian on 6/20/1941)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

Which book from The Chronicles of Narnia did Lewis share the galley proofs of to his friends, the Inklings?

Answer (Click to SEE)

CSL Daily 6/22

Q6-22

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis showed the galley proofs for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to the Inklings on this day (6/22) in 1950.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“It is not really you who are holding fast to Him but He to you: and He will bring you to wherever He wants.”

Letter to Rhona Bodle 6/22/1948
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume II

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

Complete the quote and name the source (3 words):
“Joy is the serious _____ _____ _____ .

Answer (Click to SEE)

CSL Daily 6/21

Q6-21

FACT OF THE DAY:

An Expostulation (against too many writers of science fiction) – a poem from Lewis was published in the June, 1959 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Glory, as Christianity teaches me to hope for it, turns out to satisfy my original desire and indeed to reveal an element in that desire which I had not noticed.”

The Weight of Glory
(Sermon preached on 6/8/1941)

CSL Daily 6/20

Q6-20

FACT OF THE DAY:

The eighth Screwtape letter was published in The Guardian today (6/20) in 1941. It has the first mention of Slubgob.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

(Screwtape Admits:) “One must face the fact that all the talk about His love for men, and His service being perfect freedom, is not (as one would gladly believe) mere propaganda, but an appalling truth.”

The Screwtape Letters VIII
(Published in The Guardian on 6/20/1941)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

When visiting what friend did Lewis write The Pilgrim’s Regress?

Answer (Click to SEE)

CSL Daily 6/19

Q6-19

FACT OF THE DAY:

“Membership” was published in the June 1945 issue of Sobornost. Previously it was a talk given in February to the Society of St. Alban and St. Sergius in Oxford.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“How God thinks of us is not only more important, but infinitely more important. Indeed, how we think of Him is of no importance except in so far as it is related to how He thinks of us.”

The Weight of Glory
(Sermon preached on 6/8/1941)

CSL Daily 6/18

Q6-18

FACT OF THE DAY:

Daily Readings with C.S. Lewis came out on this day (6/18) in 1992. It was republished as C.S. Lewis: Readings for Meditation and Reflection.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“When we want to be something other than the thing God wants us to be, we must be wanting what, in fact, will not make us happy.”

The Problem of Pain
(Quoted in Daily Readings with C.S. Lewis published on 6/18/92)

CSL Daily 6/17

Q6-17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The paperback edition of The Personal Heresy by Lewis (with E.M.W. Tillyard)  was published today (6/17) in 1965.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“There are better things ahead than any we leave behind. Remember, though we struggle against things because we are afraid of them, it is often the other way round— we get afraid because we struggle.”

Letter to Mary Willis Shelburne 6/17/1963
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume III)

Between Heaven & Hell – The Film (Jim Buchholz)

Between HandHIs death the end of life? What if three people who died on the same day had a chance to discuss this? As you might know, on November 22, 1963 John F. Kennedy, C.S. Lewis and Aldous Huxley died. The book Between Heaven and Hell provides an imaginary conversation between the three who viewed life very differently. So, what would they talk about? Jim Buchholz wants to take this fascinating approach and make a big screen movie out of it. He has secured the rights to the book, has a screenplay and crew all ready and now needs some funding to move it forward. How will the movie be different from the book in a good way? Why does Jim believe he has the experience to make it? These and other questions are answered in the interview.

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Listen to Between Heaven & Hell Interview

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CSL Daily 6/16

Q6-16

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis’s brother, Warren “Warnie” Hamilton Lewis was born today (6/16) in 1895. He wrote books on French History.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“We want the Church to be small not only that fewer men may know the Enemy but also that those who do may acquire the uneasy intensity and the defensive self-righteousness of a secret society or a clique.”

The Screwtape Letters VII
(Published in The Guardian on 6/13/1941)