CSL Daily 2/24/17

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)

CSL Daily 2/23/17

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 2/22/17

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 2/21/17

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 2/20/17

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 2/19/17

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 2/18/17

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)

CSL Daily 2/17/17

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)

CSL Daily 2/16/17

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.

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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)

CSL Daily 2/15/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The final radio talk from the second BBC series was given on February 15, 1942. It is now known as “The Practical Conclusion.”

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“We have to take reality as it comes to us: there is no good jabbering about what it ought to be like or what we should have expected it to be like.”

The Practical Conclusion
(BBC talk given on 2/15/1942)

Q02-15 (Reality As It Comest)