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Posted by on Apr 24, 2019

  QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Ambition! We must be careful what we mean by it. It if means the desire to get ahead of other people—which is what I think it does mean—then it is bad. If it means simply wanting to do a thing well, then it is good.” Answers to Questions on Christianity […]

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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 Apr 22, 2019

There’s a very special gather happening November 6-8, 2019…it’s call International Symposium on C.S. Lewis: Influence & Relevance Today.  It will be from Wednesday, November 6th until Friday, November 8th in Montreat, NC at the Montreat Conference Center. This podcast interview is with Ron Vinson, who is the Executive Director of the Presbyterian Heritage Center. […]

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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

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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CSL Daily 04/24/19

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Ambition! We must be careful what we mean by it. It if means the desire to get ahead of other people—which is what I think it does mean—then it is bad. If it means simply wanting to do a thing well, then it is good.”

Answers to Questions on Christianity
(Talk given on April 18th or 19th in 1944 at the Electric and Musical Industries Christian Fellowship)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

Perelandra which was released in the UK in April, 1943 (on the 20th); was first available in the US a year later on April 11, 1944.

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CSL Daily 04/23/19

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“All the beauty of nature withers when we try to make it absolute. Put first things first and we get second things thrown in: put second things first & we lose both first and second things.”

Letter to  Dom Bede Griffiths OSB on 4/23/1951
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume III)

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Jack and Joy

FACT OF THE DAY:

Happy anniversary to Lewis & Joy Davidman (1st time married on April 23, 1956).

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[PODCAST] International Symposium on C. S. Lewis

There’s a very special gather happening November 6-8, 2019…it’s call International Symposium on C.S. Lewis: Influence & Relevance Today.  It will be from Wednesday, November 6th until Friday, November 8th in Montreat, NC at the Montreat Conference Center. This podcast interview is with Ron Vinson, who is the Executive Director of the Presbyterian Heritage Center. Speakers at the event are Crystal Downing, David Downing, Diana Glyer, Douglas Gresham, Tom Key, Don King, John Akers, Earl Palmer, and Jerry Root.

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Listen to International Symposium on C. S. Lewis Interview

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CSL Daily 04/22/19

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.”

Hamlet: The Prince or the Poem?
(Lecture given  on April 22, 1942 for the British Academy in London)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

“Hamlet: The Prince or the Poem?” is the Annual Shakespeare Lecture Lewis gave on April 22, 1942 for the British Academy in London.

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CSL Daily 04/21/19


QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“No creature that deserved Redemption would need to be redeemed. They that are whole need not the physician. Christ died for men precisely because men are not worth dying for; to make them worth it.”

Religion and Rocketry
(Published as “Will We Lose God in Outer Space” in the April, 1958 issue of Christian Herald)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

“Interim Report” published in The Cambridge Review on April 21, 1956 presented Lewis’s comparison of Oxford and Cambridge.

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CSL Daily 04/20/19

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Every joy is beyond all others. The fruit we are eating is always the best fruit of all.”

Perelandra
(Published 4/20/1943)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

On April 20, 1942 is when Perelandra was published. It tells of adventures on Venus.

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CSL Daily 04/19/19

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Hope…a continual looking forward to the eternal world is not (as some modern people think) a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant to do.”

Christian Behaviour 
(Published 4/19/1943)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

Christian Behaviour was first published on April 19, 1943. It is better known for being Book 3 of Mere Christianity.

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CSL Daily 04/18/19

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“It is a curious fact that the advice we can give to others we cannot give to ourselves and truth is more effective through any life rather than our own.”

Letter to Sister Penelope (sent 11/19/1941)
(First available in Letters of C.S. Lewis published 4/18/1966)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

Letters of C.S. Lewis, edited, with a Memoir by Warren Lewis was first published April 18, 1966. Originally it began as a biography.

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CSL Daily 04/17/19

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The voice of God indeed daily calls to us; calls to the world to abandon sins and seek the Kingdom of God wholeheartedly. O that we may all hear the call of the Father and, sometime, at last be converted to the Lord.”

Letter to Don Giovanni Calabria on 4/17/1949
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume II)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

Will We Lose God in Outer Space? was published in the April 1958 issue of Christian Herald; it’s now known as “Religion and Rocketry,” and best found in The World’s Last Night.

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CSL Daily 04/16/19

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The question ‘Who is in the right’ (in a given quarrel) is quite distinct from the question ‘Who is righteous?’— for the worse of two disputants may always be in the right on one particular issue.”

Letter to Dom Bede Griffiths OSB on 4/16/1940
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume II)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis preached “The Grand Miracle” on April 15, 1945 at St. Jude on the Hill Church in London. Now found in God in the Dock.

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CSL Daily 04/15/19

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The Christian story is precisely the story of one grand miracle, the Christian assertion being that what is beyond all space and time, what is uncreated, eternal, came into nature, into human nature, descended into His own universe, and rose again, bringing nature up with Him.”

The Grand Miracle
(Sermon Preached on 4/15/1945  at St. Jude on the Hill Church)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

On April 15, 1918, during the Battle of Arras, Lewis (while serving in WWI) was wounded by a British shell.

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CSL Daily 04/14/19

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“But let us thank God that we are still very far from travel to other worlds. I have wondered before now whether the vast astronomical distances may not be God’s quarantine precautions. They prevent the spiritual infection of a fallen species from spreading.”

Religion and Rocketry (initially titled Will We Lose God in Outer Space)
(Published in Christian Herald in April 1958 issue)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

“A Note on Comus” and “Genius and Genius” was published in The Review of English Studies in April in 1932 and 1936 respectively.

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CSL Daily 04/13/19

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Only the Greatest of all can make Himself small enough to enter Hell. For the higher a thing is, the lower it can descend.”

Who Goes Home? or The Grand Divorce XXIII
(Published in The Guardian on 4/13/1945)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

23rd & final installment of what eventually became part of The Great Divorce was published on April 13, 1945 in The Guardian (an Anglican newspaper that ended in 1951).

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CSL Daily 04/12/19

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The more we get what we now call ‘ourselves’ out of the way and let Him take us over, the more truly ourselves we become…our real selves are all waiting for us in Him.”

The New Men
(Initially a BBC broadcast from 4/4/44)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

“Lilies that Fester” by Lewis was published in the April, 1955 issue of Twentieth Century and is available in The World’s Last Night. Hear an essay chat on this from my All About Jack podcast.

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CSL Daily 04/11/19

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“To become new men means losing what we now call ‘ourselves’. Out of our selves, into Christ, we must go.”

The New Men
(Initially a BBC broadcast from 4/4/44)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

Letters to Children was published on April 11, 1985, but its content can also be found in the Collected Letters released in the 2000’s.

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