CSL Daily

Posted by on May 29, 2017

FACT OF THE DAY: Transposition is a sermon Lewis preached on May, 28, 1944 at the chapel of Mansfield College. The text is in The Weight of Glory. – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “[God] made His own plan or plot of history such that it admits a certain amount of free play and […]

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Special Feature

Posted by on May 20, 2017

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.     – There’s no denying that C.S. Lewis’ most original work in the 1950’s […]

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All About Jack

Posted by on May 18, 2017

What can a person learn about how to improve one’s writing from C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien? That was the subject Dr. Don King and Dr. Hal Poe addressed in a session I moderated to kick off a Creative Writing Festival held for high school students at Montreat College on March 31, 2017. This was held […]

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Confirming Quotations

Posted by on May 6, 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 (CLICK HERE) to quickly see what has been posted […]

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CSL Daily 5/16/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

On May 16, 1941 the third letter from Screwtape was published in The Guardian.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Keep his mind off the most elementary duties by directing it to the most advanced and spiritual ones.”

The Screwtape Letters III
(Published in The Guardian on 5/16/1941)

Q05-16 - (Mind OFF - Screwtape)

CSL Daily 5/15/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Charles Williams, a close friend of Lewis, died on May 15, 1945. Williams was the author of Descent into Hell and other works.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Yes, pride is a perpetual nagging temptation. Keep on knocking it on the head but don’t be too worried about it. As long as one knows one is proud one is safe from the worst form of pride.”

Letter to Genia Goelz 5/15/1952
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume III)

Q05-15 - (Safe from Pride)

CSL Daily 5/14/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

On May 14, 1936 Lewis had Sonnet  published in The Oxford Magazine under the name of Nat Whilk. It is available in Poems.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“It is probable that Nature is not really in Time and almost certain that God is not. Time is probably (like perspective) the mode of our perception.”

Miracles: A Preliminary Study
(Published on 5/12/1947)

 Q05-14 - (Nature - Not in Time)

CSL Daily 5/13/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Adam at Night is a poem published in Punch on May 11, 1949 then revised and re-titled as The Adam at Night in Poems.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Christianity…is precisely the story of a great Miracle. A naturalistic Christianity leaves out all that is specifically Christian.”

Miracles: A Preliminary Study
(Published on 5/12/1947)

Q05-13 - (Great Miracle)

200 Seconds in Hell with C.S. Lewis Episode 7

 200 Seconds Ep 7

Here’s more about the secret weapon the devils try to use again us. Last time I introduced the topic by mentioning where it is told about in the fourth letter by Screwtape. In this seventh episode of “200 Seconds” I point out where it is mention is some way in the first and second letter. Don’t forget to check out he other episodes by following the links below.

2017 is the 75th anniversary of when The Screwtape Letters was first published. So, why not read it again! And consider getting my enhanced study guide to help you enjoy it even more. Get a free 20 page PDF sample of my book via ScrewtapeCompanion.com.

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CSL Daily 5/12/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The first edition of Miracles: A Preliminary Study was published on May, 12, 1947 (a second edition came out in 1960).

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“What we learn from experience depends on the kind of philosophy we bring to experience.”

Miracles: A Preliminary Study
(Published on 5/12/1947)

Q05-12 - (Bring to Experience)

CSL Daily 5/11/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The talk “Modern Theology and Biblical Criticism” was given on May 11, 1959 to students at Wescott House, Cambridge. (Also known as Fern-Seed and Elephants”)

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“You cannot know that everything in the representation of a thing is symbolical unless you have independent access to the thing and can compare it with the representation.”

Modern Theology and Biblical Criticism
(Talk given on 5/11/1959)

Q05-11 - (Representaions)

CSL Daily 5/10/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

On May 9, 1941 the second Screwtape Letter premiered in The Guardian before being available in the famous book.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“You don’t see Nature till you believe in the Supernatural: don’t get the full, hot, salty tang of her except by contrast with the pure water from beyond the world. Those who mistake Nature for the All are just those who can never realise her as a particular creature with her own flamed, terrible, beautiful individuality.”

Letter to Dom Bede Griffiths OSB on 5/10/1945
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume II)

Q05-10 - (Seeing Nature)

CSL Daily 5/09/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The revised edition of Miracles: A Preliminary Study was published May 9, 1960 containing a revised third chapter.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

(Screwtape boasts:) “All the habits of the patient, both mental and bodily, are still in our favour.”

The Screwtape Letters II
(Published in The Guardian on 5/9/1941)

Q05-09 - (Screwtape - Habits)

CSL Daily 5/08/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis was interviewed in May 1963 by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Published later that year and it is in God in the Dock.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The process of living seems to consist in coming to realise truths so ancient and simple that, if stated, they sound like barren platitudes. They cannot sound otherwise to those who have not had the relevant experience.”

Letter to Dom Bede Griffiths OSB on 5/8/1939
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume II)

Q05-08 - (Relevant Experience)

CSL Daily 5/07/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature was first published May 7, 1964.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“No doubt all history in the last resort must be held by Christians to be a story with a divine plot.”

The Discarded Image
(Published in 5/7/1964)

Q05-07 - (History Divine Plot)

(CCSLQ-35) – Someone I Love

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 (CLICK HERE) to quickly see what has been posted so far in this series. Also, if you haven’t already, be sure to read the INTRODUCTION to this series.   


Someone I Love
“There is someone I love, even though I don’t approve of what he does. There is someone I accept, though some of his thoughts and actions revolt me. There is someone I forgive, though he hurts the people I love the most. That person is me.”

The above quotation expresses some very thoughtful comments. For me it is not only a great reminder that I’m not perfect, but also a challenge to extend to others around me the same love, acceptance and forgiveness I give to myself. It’s just the type of thing you would expect C.S. Lewis to encourage somewhere in his writings. In fact he does! But, he just does NOT use those exact words. While known for making concise profound statements, he expresses this sentiment with a lot more words (details below). So, what we have pictured above is another example of taking material from C.S. Lewis and paraphrasing it.

How can I be so sure? In addition to not finding the quotation in any of Lewis’ work, I also tracked down places it is found and I also believe I know where it was first shared.

CSL Daily 5/06/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The Magician’s Nephew  took Lewis the longest to write of all the Narnia books  (almost 5 years, from ’49 to ’54).

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The Christian must wage endless war against the clamour of the ego as ego: but he loves and approves selves as such, though not their sins.”

Two Ways with the Self
(Published on 5/3/1940 in The Guardian)

Q05-06 - (War Against Ego)

CSL Daily 5/05/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

On May 5, 1924 Lewis accepted a temporary position to teach philosophy at Oxford (his former tutor was taking a one-year leave).

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

Screwtape’s observation of humans: “Thanks to processes which we set at work in them centuries ago, they find it all but impossible to believe in the unfamiliar while the familiar is before their eyes.”

The Screwtape Letters I
(Published in The Guardian on 5/2/1941)

Q05-05b - (Believe in Unfamilar - SCREWTAPE)

CSL Daily 5/04/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The first paperback edition of Lewis’s spiritual autobiography, Surprised by Joy was published May 4, 1959.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Yes— it is sometimes hard to obey St. Paul’s ‘Rejoice.’ We must try to take life moment by moment. The actual present is usually pretty tolerable, I think, if only we refrain from adding to its burden that of the past and the future.”

Letter to Mary Willis Shelburne on 5/4/1962
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume III)

Q05-04 - (Obeying REJOICE)