CSL Daily

Posted by on Feb 25, 2018

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. – – – 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 […]

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Special Feature

Posted by on Feb 16, 2018

REVISED 2/16/18 to include Mythmoot V There are several events in 2018 that I want to make sure you are aware of. The first is held annually and the other is every two years. So, if you are reading this after any of the events have happen, then please consider still reading to get a preview of  […]

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All About Jack

Posted by on Feb 23, 2018

The following is a conversation with Dr. Joel Woodruff of C.S. Lewis Institute. He is the president of that organization. The focus of the show is on their upcoming conference that will be held at the Wade Center at Wheaton College June 17-20. The theme is on “Communicating The Gospel C.S. Lewis Style.” The plenary […]

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Confirming Quotations

Posted by on Feb 24, 2018

The following is part of a series exploring quotations attributed to C.S. Lewis that are questionable for one reason or another. My book (THE MISQUOTABLE C.S. LEWIS, releasing by May, 2018) collects material presented so far and will contain expressions not yet posted here (plus existing online material is updated in the book). That book […]

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Exploring C.S. Lewis Misquotes and Misconceptions (Podcast Recap)

updated 10/14/17

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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Sketch courtesy of Jef Murray

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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 02/25/18

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.

– – –

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)

(CCSLQ-46) – Grand Point

The following is part of a series exploring quotations attributed to C.S. Lewis that are questionable for one reason or another. My book (THE MISQUOTABLE C.S. LEWIS, releasing by May, 2018) collects material presented so far and will contain expressions not yet posted here (plus existing online material is updated in the book). That book will contain 75 quotations, so there are many quotes not yet posted (over two dozen). With so much material left, I hope to post a new quote each week. 

There is an “at a glance” page (CLICK HERE) to quickly see what has been posted so far in this series, which also includes a list of the other quotes I’ve identified as questionable. Also, if you haven’t already, consider reading the INTRODUCTION to this series to gain an understanding of the three main categories.   



“The grand point is not to wear the garb, nor use the brogue of religion, but to process the life of God within, and feel and think as Jesus would have done because of that inner life. Small is the value of extended religion, unless it is the outcome of a life within.”

If you go searching for this expression online, fortunately, you’ll not find it in too many places. Do I say this because it is a bad expression? Not at all, I happen to think it is a great saying! Just wait until you find out who actually said it. You can find out pretty easily by doing a search. The correct author, Charles Spurgeon, who died six years before Lewis was born, is identified in several places. Spurgeon said these words in a sermon given on October 21, 1883, in a message entitled “Abijah, or some Good Thing Towards The Lord.”

The key points that I get out of this quotation is that a person should not be so focused on their outward appearance, but be more concerned with how faith is influencing them internally. It is fair to say that Lewis would agree with these ideas. In fact, in Mere Christianity Lewis writes (in chapter one of book three) about  how  people  tend  to  forget  about “what might be called tidying up or harmonising the things inside each individual.” Most people, he writes, would rather only focus on “fair play and harmony between individuals.” While those matters are important, Lewis warns it is foolish to neglect the individual behavior that does not appear to impact social relationships, because ultimately it does so either directly or indirectly.


The next article to be posted on 3/3/18:

“Loving everybody in general may be an excuse for loving nobody in particular.”


Related Articles:

Exploring C.S. Lewis Misquotes and Misconceptions (6-part podcast series)

What Lewis NEVER Wrote  (Podcast)

Not Quite Lewis – Podcast Version

Not Quite Lewis – Questionable Lewisian Quotations (Conf. Paper)

Updated 2/24/2018

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CSL Daily 02/24/18

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)

[PODCAST] C.S. Lewis Institute Summer Conference 2018

The following is a conversation with Dr. Joel Woodruff of C.S. Lewis Institute. He is the president of that organization. The focus of the show is on their upcoming conference that will be held at the Wade Center at Wheaton College June 17-20. The theme is on “Communicating The Gospel C.S. Lewis Style.” The plenary speaker is Dr. Jerry Root. Other speakers include Dr. Wayne Martindale and Marjorie Lamp Mead. Dr. Root and Dr. Martindale have previously been on All About Jack.

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CSL Daily 02/23/18

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 02/22/18

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)

CSL Daily 02/21/18

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 02/20/18

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 02/19/18

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 02/18/18

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)

(CCSLQ-45) – Credit for Bowing

The following is part of a series exploring quotations attributed to C.S. Lewis that are questionable for one reason or another. My book (THE MISQUOTABLE C.S. LEWIS, releasing by May, 2018) collects material presented so far and will contain expressions not yet posted here (plus existing online material is updated in the book). That book will contain 75 quotations, so there are many quotes not yet posted (over two dozen). With so much material left, I hope to post a new quote each week. 

There is an “at a glance” page (CLICK HERE) to quickly see what has been posted so far in this series, which also includes a list of the other quotes I’ve identified as questionable. Also, if you haven’t already, consider reading the INTRODUCTION to this series to gain an understanding of the three main categories.   



“You won’t get credit for bowing when standing isn’t an option.”

Most quotations that appear questionable are so unlike anything Lewis would ever write that those who are familiar with his writings can spot them a mile away. However, when I was first alerted to his one (via a question posted in my Confirming Lewis Quotes Facebook Group), I felt it was something by Lewis, but it seemed a little “off.” Nevertheless, I tried my typical way of determining if an expression is falsely attributed; I tried to eliminate the possibility that someone else wrote it, along with attempting to figure out how Lewis might have actually wrote it. However, when something is a paraphrase of him, then it is more difficult to track down the correct words.

CSL Daily 02/17/18

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)

2018 Lewis Related Events UPDATED

REVISED 2/16/18 to include Mythmoot V

There are several events in 2018 that I want to make sure you are aware of. The first is held annually and the other is every two years. So, if you are reading this after any of the events have happen, then please consider still reading to get a preview of  what each are like.

 An Inklings Weekend in Montreat – “King Arthur and the Inklings”

Inklings Weekend is held every year in Montreat, North Carolina. The 2018 event is Friday, April 6th until Sunday, April 8th. Speakers are Gavin Richardson, Rebecca Poe Hays, Dave Strong, Don King, and Hal Poe, along with Psallos (a musical group). Registration form found here.

 

11th Frances W. Ewbank Colloquium on C.S. Lewis & Friends – “The Faithful Imagination”

Sponsored by The Center for the Study of C.S. Lewis & Friends – it will be held May 31st – June 3rd. The C.S. Lewis and Inklings Society is joining in on this event. A variety of individuals will present papers and keynote speakers are Stephen Prickett, Crystal Downing, Ron Reed, Joe Christopher, Crystal Hurd, and Charlie Starr.

 

C.S. Lewis Institute Summer Conference 2018 – “Communicating the Gospel C.S. Lewis Style”

This is only CSLI’s second summer conference and it returns to the wonderful Wheaton College campus at the Wade Center. Jerry Root is the plenary speaker, he will give six lectures during the June 17th – 20th event. There will also be three shorter lectures led by others and several workshops.

 

Mythmoot V: Fantastic Frontiers

Part academic conference, part literary creative meet-up and part fan convention makes for four days of enjoyment for this June 21st-24th event. Special guests include John Garth and Douglas A. Anderson, along with Marc Okrand (inventor of the Klingon language) and Alan Sisto and Shawn E. Marchese (hosts of the Prancing Pony Podcast). They are accepting proposals for Papers, Panels, Workshops and Creatives Presentations.

[PODCAST] The Inklings and King Arthur (Sørina Higgins)

If you have read a variety of writings from Lewis, Tolkien and their friends Charles Williams and Owen Barfield, then you know they had more than a passing interest in King Arthur. In the following podcast learn about a new book, edited by Sørina Higgins that explores the latest viewpoints on their Arthurian literature. This massive book (500+ pages) took over four years to complete and includes contributions from Brenton Dickieson, Malcolm Guite, Holly Ordway and Alyssa House-Thomas. The list of endorsers include Michael Ward, Don W. King and Colin Duriez.

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CSL Daily 02/16/18

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.

– – –

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)