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Posted by on Aug 20, 2019

  QUOTE OF THE DAY: “If there was a controlling power outside the universe, it could not show itself to us as one of the facts inside the universe – no more than the architect of a house could actually be a wall or staircase or fireplace in that house.” 3rd BBC Broadcast (Given on […]

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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 Jun 8, 2019

In May 2019 a biopic on J.R.R. Tolkien, simply entitled Tolkien was released. While there has been no shortage of opinions on the film, I wanted to add some thoughts on it for those who follow this podcast. Two guests join me to share a hopeful perspective about the movie while acknowledging its shortcomings. They are […]

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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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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 08/20/19

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“If there was a controlling power outside the universe, it could not show itself to us as one of the facts inside the universe – no more than the architect of a house could actually be a wall or staircase or fireplace in that house.”

3rd BBC Broadcast
(Given on 8/20/1941; Then known as Materialism or Religion)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

The third radio talk from Lewis’s first broadcast series was given August 20, 1941; it was called “Materialism or Religion.” Now known as “What Lies Behind the Law” (chapter 4) of Mere Christianity.

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CSL Daily 08/19/19

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“To nearly all ancient men, and to many medieval men, friendship seemed the most valuable and the most completely human of all natural loves. It was for them the crown of life and the school of virtues.”

The Four Loves
(First Recorded for Radio on 8/19 & 8/20/1958)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis began recording on August 19, 1958 the first half of a 10-part radio series about four types of love.

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CSL Daily 08/18/19

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“I think God wants us to love Him more, not to love creatures (even animals) less.”

Letter to Mary Willis Shelburne on 8/18/1956
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume III)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

“Solomon,” a poem by Lewis was published in the August 14, 1946 issue of Punch.

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CSL Daily 08/17/19

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“There is still life in the tradition which the Middle Ages inaugurated. But the maintenance of that life depends, in part, on knowing that the knightly character is art not nature—something that needs to be achieved, not something that can be relied upon to happen.”

The Necessity of Chivalry
(Published in Time and Tide on 8/17/1940)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

The essay now known as “The Necessity of Chivalry” was first published on August 17, 1940 in Time and Tide. Listen to an essay chat about this shorter work from my All About Jack podcast.

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CSL Daily 08/16/19

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“There are a dozen views about everything until you know the answer. Then there’s never more than one.”

That Hideous Strength
(Published in 8/16/1945)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

That Hideous Strength, a book from Lewis’s Sci-Fi trilogy, was published August 16, 1945. Have you read the book? What do you think of it?

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CSL Daily 08/15/19

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

(Screwtape Advises:) “Surely you know that if a man can’t be cured of churchgoing, the next best thing is to send him all over the neighbourhood looking for the church that ‘suits’ him until he becomes a taster or connoisseur of churches.”

The Screwtape Letters XVI
(Published in The Guardian on 8/15/1941)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

A previously unpublished essay by Lewis was the lead title piece in Christian Reunion published on August 15, 1990.

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CSL Daily 08/14/19

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“We must use the talent we have, not the talents we haven’t.”

Letter to Cynthia Donnelly 8/14/1954
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume III)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

Voyage to Venus by Lewis was published on August 14, 1953. It is the exact same book as Perelandra from 1943.

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CSL Daily 08/13/19

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The laws of nature, as applied to stones or trees, may only mean ‘what Nature, in fact, does’. But if you turn to the Law of Human Nature, the Law of Decent Behaviour, it is a different matter. That law certainly does not mean ‘what human beings, in fact, do’; for as I said before, many of them do not obey this law at all, and none of them obey it completely.”

2nd BBC Broadcast
(Given on 8/13/1941; Known as The Reality of the Law)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

The second ever radio talk by Lewis was given on August 13, 1941. At the time it was called “Scientific Law and Moral Law” but is “THE REALITY OF THE LAW” in Mere Christianity.

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CSL Daily 08/12/19

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“An open mind, in questions that are not ultimate, is useful. But an open mind about ultimate foundations either of Theoretical or Practical Reason is idiocy. If a man’s mind is open on these things, let his mouth at least be shut.”

The Abolition of Man
(2nd Edition Published 8/12/1946)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

A second edition of The Abolition of Man was published by Geoffrey Bles on August 12, 1946.

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CSL Daily 08/11/19

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

[Screwtape Admits:] “The Future is, of all things, the thing least like eternity. It is the most completely temporal part of time-for the Past is frozen and no longer flows, and the Present is all lit up with eternal rays.”

The Screwtape Letters XV (Published in The Guardian on 8/8/1941)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

“The Sailing of the Ark” was published on August 11, 1948 in Punch. Revised and re-titled “The Late Passenger” in Poems.

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CSL Daily 08/10/19

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“I think almost all the crimes which Christians have perpetrated against each other arise from this, that religion is confused with politics.”

Letter to Don Giovanni Calabria 8/10/1953
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume III)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis’ letter to the editor of Church Times on “The Holy Name” was published on August 10, 1951.

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CSL Daily 08/09/19

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“One hopes there will come a day when one can enjoy nice things said about one’s self just in the same innocent way as one enjoys nice things about anyone else—perfect humility will need no modesty.”

Letter to Sister Penelope 8/9/1939
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume II)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

The first known letter Lewis wrote to Sister Penelope was on August 9, 1939.

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CSL Daily 08/08/19

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The humans live in time but our Enemy [God] destines them to eternity. He therefore, I believe, wants them to attend chiefly to two things, to eternity itself, and to that point of time which they call the Present.”

The Screwtape Letters XV
(Published in The Guardian on 8/8/1941)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

The 15th letter from Screwtape was published on August 8, 1941 in The Guardian. Themes include understanding Time. (Note: this is NOT the same Guardian publication that exists today). Better understand The Screwtape Letters with this enhanced study guide!

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CSL Daily 08/07/19

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The good things even of this world are far too good ever to be reached by imagination. Even the common orange, you know: no one could have imagined it before he tasted it. How much less Heaven.”

Letter to Mrs. Johnson 8/7/1956
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume III)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

The poem “Two Kinds of Memory” was published on August 7, 1947 in Time and Tide. A revised version is in Poems.

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CSL Daily 08/06/19

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Quarreling means trying to show that the other man is in the wrong. And there would be no sense in trying to do that unless you and he had some sort of agreement as to what Right and Wrong are.”

The Law of Human Nature
(First heard on the BBC on 8/6/1941)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

“Common Decency,” the first BBC broadcast by Lewis was given on August 6, 1941. It is better known as “The Law of Human Nature” in Mere Christianity.

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