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Contest/Giveaway – The Misquotable C.S. Lewis

Get a chance to WIN a paperback copy of The Misquotable C.S. Lewis!

The publisher has agreed to giveaway FOUR paperback copies of my newly released book that explores quotations alleged to be by the famed author of Narnia and works about Christianity (and other interesting books). Read the details below to discover how you might be one of the four randomly chosen winners. Learn more about what you can find in the book by reading my online series or listening to a special podcast series based on some of the material. Also, consider joining my Facebook group devoted to Confirming C.S. Lewis Quotations.

Unlike giveaways I’ve done in the past, the publisher tells me they will mail the book anywhere outside the U.S., so everyone can enter the contest!

THE MISQUOTABLE C.S. LEWIS is Available NOW!

Last Update: 5/8/18

My book was released by the publisher in March, 2018. Other places are now carrying it. Below you will find links to where you can purchase The Misquotable C.S. Lewis and it will be updated as other places make it available. Additionally, below the list of places to purchase the book you will find an except from the foreword that Dr. Jerry Root wrote.

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Except of Dr. Jerry Root’s foreword:

I am pleased to see the publication of William O’Flaherty’s The Misquotable C. S. Lewis. Every week, for years, people have asked me, “Did Lewis really say this’? I’ve found, sometimes he did utter the quote mentioned, and sometimes he did not. But as the years have passed, the frequency of things attributed to Lewis that he did not say, seem to be increasing. Why is this? O’Flaherty seeks to get to the bottom of it. He has done the hard work and due diligence to help readers know what is of Lewis and what is not.

It is good such a book as this has become a reality. Nevertheless, though it is a sure word, it is not a last word. As long as there is good, there will be perversions of the good. Consequently, one hopes that O’Flaherty’s frequent Blogs and Podcasts will keep readers up to speed of new discoveries and clarifications. In fact, if this book does little else than to drive people to keep up with O’Flaherty’s insights and revelations on social media, it will have served a great, ongoing benefit. But for now, opening the cover is like turning on a fan and blowing away some of the fog that has settled on Lewis’s reputation and brilliance.

THE MISQUOTABLE C.S. LEWIS is Releasing Soon!

UPDATE: The book is NOW available for sale! To learn the various places you can buy it FOLLOW THIS LINK.

I’m happy to announce that after years of research and writing, my book dealing with questionable quotations associated with C.S. Lewis will be available soon. The book cover (at the right) was just sent to me by the publisher a couple days ago. What follows are the official endorsements:

“In Surprised by Joy Lewis notes how his father, Albert, was fond of telling anecdotes about Sir John Mahaffy, anecdotes which Lewis later (at Oxford) found attached to Benjamin Jowett. This, alas, is the fate of any great figure: to serve as a convenient magnet for stories or quotations that other people want to perpetuate, however inaccurately. William O’Flaherty is to be commended for soberly demagnetizing C. S. Lewis in a well-researched, useful, and timely book.”

—Michael Ward, University of Oxford, co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to C. S. Lewis

“William O’Flaherty’s carefully researched book is the perfect antidote for the quickly written student paper based on sources from the internet where anyone can claim anything. The Misquotable C. S. Lewis serves as a reminder that facts really do matter and a commitment to the truth is not simply an option one may choose to have when convenient, but a necessary requirement to all human endeavors.”

—Devin Brown, Professor of English at Asbury University, author of A Life Observed: A Spiritual Biography of C. S. Lewis

“Few authors are as quotable as C. S. Lewis. Nor, as O’Flaherty reveals, as misquotable. The internet and published books are full of quotes that are not quite accurate or are total fabrications, and O’Flaherty has done the solid research needed to discern where these false attributions came from. But this isn’t just a book of scholarly nitpicking. It is an entertaining, deep dive that will give the reader a deeper understanding of the things Lewis really did say. The Misquotable C. S. Lewis is an indispensable addition to my own library of books about one of my favorite authors!”

—Terry Glaspey, author of the award-winning 75 Masterpieces Every Christian Should KnowNot a Tame Lion: The Spiritual Legacy of C. S. Lewis

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.

2018 Lewis Related Events

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.

Preparing for Easter – Lewis Readings (Re-Post)

Preparing for Easter (2017)Has celebrating the resurrection of Christ become routine for you each Easter? Learn about a new collection of devotional readings from the previously published writings of C.S. Lewis to help bring you to a renewed understanding of Jesus’s sacrifice. Zach Kincaid is my guest for this podcast interview to talk about Preparing for Easter, a resource that debuted in 2017. He went through all of Lewis’s writings and selected the readings, along with two passages from the Bible to aid all Christians deepening their knowledge and appreciation of this holy season. 

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Listen to Preparing for Easter Devotional Interview

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The Halloween Screwtape Letter!? (Re-Post)

The following is a revised piece from what I shared previously. It was on Oct. 31, 1941 that the 27th letter from Screwtape was published in The Guardian. The following year it came out in the UK in the book The Screwtape Letters (1943 for the US).

While there is no material directly related to Halloween in this letter to Wormwood, Screwtape deals first with the “scary” subject of prayer that was also addressed in the 3rd, 4th and 8th letters. Here Wormwood is advised how to deal with the fact that his patient had made his present issues “the chief subjects of his prayers.”

In the third paragraph Screwtape begins to discuss how “intellectual difficulties” can be raised about petitionary prayers. He notes that if what the patient prayed for doesn’t happen then Wormword can lead him to think it “proves” prayer doesn’t work and if it does happen then how can he know if wouldn’t have occurred anyway if he didn’t pray!

In the final paragraph the topic of “The Historical Point of View” is addressed. This is different from what was mentioned in the 23rd letter about varying views on the “historical Jesus.” Screwtape describes here a brief definition of “The Historical Point of View” as meaning:

when a learned man is presented with any statement in an ancient author, the one question he never asks is whether it is true.

He goes on to comment:

To regard the ancient writer as a possible source of knowledge—to anticipate that what he said could possibly modify your thoughts or your behaviour—this would be rejected as unutterably simple-minded.

This idea is described as “chronological snobbery” in chapter 13 of Surprised by Joy (SBJ) and is a phrase Lewis credits Owen Barfield as helping him understand. In that chapter of SBJ, Lewis provides this definition to the expression:

the uncritical acceptance of the intellectual climate common to our own age and the assumption that whatever has gone out of date is on that account discredited.

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
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(CMCSL-7): C.S. Lewis was a Universalist

UPDATE: It’s seems I’ve “over-summarized” MacDonald’s views on Universalism…inadvertently creating, or continuing a misconception about him. Because of time commitments related to just doing a book on misquotes related to Lewis, I will formally update the article below at a later date. If you are wanting a better understanding of his views, then read this online article: GEORGE MACDONALD’S VIEWS ON UNIVERSALISM by David L. Neuhouser

This is part of an occasional series exploring questionable claims about the life or writings of C.S. Lewis.  For a list of the topics either already explored or planned to be examined you can visit the introduction to this series


Saying C.S. Lewis is popular among Evangelicals is like reporting the grass is green. However, there are those who are on the other end of the spectrum, believing Lewis is dangerous because of some of his views. One of those issues deals with the heart of the Christian faith – the issue of salvation. Specifically, whether or not everyone will be saved. Those who believe ALL will be saved are called “Universalists.” That is, if you hold to the idea that all will eventually go to Heaven, you are a Universalist. Some believe that Lewis held this position. However, a careful consideration of his writings clearly shows he did not hold this perspective.

Specifically, there are three main reasons some believe Lewis held a Universalist position. The first has to do with the Emeth character from The Last Battle, the final Narnia story. A second common factor for thinking he believed in Universalism is his praise of George MacDonald, who was a proponent of universal salvation. Finally, another concern expressed by some is comments Lewis made related to salvation in Mere Christianity, as well as other writings.