CSL Daily

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017

FACT OF THE DAY: “Unreal Estates,” a transcript of an interview with Lewis and others was published in the March, 1965 edition of Encounter. – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The term is over: the holidays have begun. The dream is ended: this is the morning.” The Last Battle (said by Aslan) (Published on 3/19/1956)

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Special Feature

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017

Democracy is a very important word here on Earth and in Hell. So much so, that the devils want to create confusion about what the word actually means. That’s why their philological department is hard at work to keep the real meaning out of our minds. When you listen to the fifth episode of “200 Seconds in Hell with […]

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All About Jack

Posted by on Mar 26, 2017

Welcome to a new occasional podcast series designed to encourage you to read books that C.S. Lewis wrote (or edited). Even those who have read a variety of works by him are surprised to learn he wrote more than forty during his lifetime. Additionally,  there are numerous books (mostly essay collections) created after his death. […]

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Confirming Quotations

Posted by on Mar 4, 2017

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 (or sometimes the second if there are five Saturdays). There is an “at a glance” page HERE to quickly see what has been posted […]

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Correcting Misconceptions About C.S. Lewis

 Updated 3/11/17

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The following serves as an overview and introduction for this series that will begin soon. Presently I’m not sure how frequently updates will be posted. However, you can easily tell if I’m made changes by noting the date just above the picture. You can also keep up with new posts (and easily ask questions) by joining the group on Facebook called Misconceptions about C.S. Lewis
As you might guess from the title, the focus is on exploring false beliefs about the life or writings of C.S. Lewis. 

At the bottom of this page is what you might consider to be a “table of contents.” It can help you quickly locate an issue that has has been or will be examined. If there is no link yet then that means the article hasn’t been posted.

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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 3/27/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“Unreal Estates,” a transcript of an interview with Lewis and others was published in the March, 1965 edition of Encounter.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The term is over: the holidays have begun. The dream is ended: this is the morning.”

The Last Battle (said by Aslan)
(Published on 3/19/1956)

Q03-27 (Term is Over-LB)

Introducing Why Read Lewis

Why Read Lewis - Introduction GRAPICWelcome to a new occasional podcast series designed to encourage you to read books that C.S. Lewis wrote (or edited). Even those who have read a variety of works by him are surprised to learn he wrote more than forty during his lifetime. Additionally,  there are numerous books (mostly essay collections) created after his death. As you are likely aware, Lewis wrote in a variety of styles or genres. How many have you read? This new podcast will usually focus on a SINGLE work by Lewis with between three to five individuals sharing thoughts about it. However, because this episode introduces the series, it has comments on six DIFFERENT titles (as noted in the picture). Dr. Michael Ward, Brenton Dickieson, Sørina Higgins, Dr. Crystal Hurd, Dr. Jerry Root and Mark Neal share in this introductory show.     

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Listen to Introducing Why Read C.S. Lewis

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CSL Daily 3/26/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“Dogma and Science” was published March 26, 1943 in The Guardian; it’s now part of “Dogma and the Universe” in God in the Dock.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now…Come further up, come further in!”

The Last Battle (said by Jewel the Unicorn)
(Published on 3/19/1956)

Q03-26 (Home at Last-LB)

CSL Daily 3/25/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

On March 25, 1987 the US edition of Present Concerns, a collection of eighteen essays, became available.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Symbolism exists precisely for the purpose of conveying to the imagination what the intellect is not ready for.”

Letter to Sister Penelope CSMV on 3/25/1943
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume II)

Q03-25 (Symbolism Exists)

CSL Daily 3/24/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“Must Our Image of God Go?” is an essay published by Lewis in The Observer on March 24, 1963 and is available in God in the Dock.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Any entity describable without gross abuse of language as God must be ultimate reality, and if ultimate reality is personal, then God is personal.”

Must Our Image of God Go?
(Published in The Observer on 3/24/63)

 

Q03-24b (God Is Personal)

 

CSL Daily 3/23/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis’s first collection of shorter works, Rehabilitations and Other Essays was published on March 23, 1939.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Very often the only way to get a quality in reality is to start behaving as if you had it already.”

Let’s Pretend
(Initially a BBC broadcast from 3/21/44)

Q03-23 (Already Had It)

CSL Daily 3/22/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Three Kinds of Men is a short essay by Lewis that was published in The Sunday Times on March 21, 1943.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The price of Christ is something, in a way, much easier than moral effort – it is to want Him.”

Three Kinds of Men
(Published in The Sunday Times 3/21/43)

Q03-22 (Price of Christ)

CSL Daily 3/21/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Let’s Pretend is the fifth talk of the final BBC series given on March 21, 1944. Also Lewis recorded two final talks on this date.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Surely what a man does when he is taken off his guard is the best evidence for what sort of a man he is? Surely what pops out before the man has time to put on a disguise is the truth?”

Let’s Pretend
(Initially a BBC broadcast from 3/21/44)

Q03-21 (Taken Off Guard)

CSL Daily 3/20/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis’s first ever book, Spirits in Bondage was published on March 20, 1919. It was a book of poems and he was only 20 years old.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“An influence which cannot evade our consciousness will not go very deep.”

The Literary Impact of the Authorized Version
(Speech first given on 3/20/1950 at the University of London)

Q03-20 (Evade Our Consciousness)

CSL Daily 3/19/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The Last Battle was first published on March 19, 1956. This final Narnia story won the Carnegie Medal in Literature.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“‘Beloved,’ said the Glorious One, ‘unless thy desire had been for me thou wouldst not have sought so long and so truly. For all find what they truly seek.'”

The Last Battle 
(Published on 3/19/1956)

Q03-19 (Find Truly Seek)

CSL Daily 3/18/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

On March 18, 1946 George MacDonald: An Anthology (edited by Lewis) was released. It was a collection of MacDonald quotes.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The Bible itself gives us one short prayer which is suitable for all who are struggling with the beliefs and doctrines. It is: ‘LORD I believe, help Thou my unbelief.'”

Letter to Genia Goelz 3/18/1952
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume III)

Q03-18 (Help My Unbelief)

CSL Daily 3/17/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The first of two books edited by Lewis about Charles Williams came out in 1947 (2 years after his death) – Essays Presented to Charles Williams.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The natural life in each of us is something self-centred, something that wants to be petted and admired, to take advantage of other lives, to exploit the whole universe.”

The Obstinate Toy Soldiers
(Initially a BBC broadcast from 3/14/44)

Q03-17 (Natural Life Self-Centred)

CSL Daily 3/16/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

19th installment of what eventually became The Great Divorce was published March 16, 1945 in The Guardian.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Fame in [Heaven] and fame on Earth are two quite different things.”

Who Goes Home? or The Grand Divorce XIX
(Published in The Guardian on 3/16/1945)

Q03-16 (Fame in Heaven)

CSL Daily 3/15/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“Dangers of National Repentance” is an essay by Lewis published March 15, 1940 in The Guardian.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The hard sayings of our Lord are wholesome to those only who find them hard.”

Dangers of National Repentance
(Published in The Guardian  on 3/15/40)

Q03-15 (Hard Sayings)

CSL Daily 3/14/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The fourth of the final series of BBC talks, The Obstinate Toy Soldiers, was given by Lewis on March 14, 1944.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God.”

The Obstinate Toy Soldiers
(Initially a BBC broadcast from 3/14/44)

Q03-14 (Sons of God)