CSL Daily

Posted by on Jul 23, 2017

FACT OF THE DAY: While two dozen poems by Lewis were published in Punch, “Revival or Decay?” is the only non-fiction work published there. – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “All sorts of things will make a man brave for the time being. Alcohol, ignorance of the danger, anger, self-respect, human loyalty, and love of […]

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Special Feature

Posted by on Jul 1, 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.  – I often find it amazing how little some people know about C.S. Lewis. Of […]

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All About Jack

Posted by on Jul 19, 2017

This podcast focuses on one of the lesser known works by C.S. Lewis; a long narrative poem entitled Dymer. This show is part of an occasional series indirectly begun in 2016 and officially kicked-off this year, 2017. The series is called “Why Read Lewis,” and the aim is to encourage you to read or re-read works […]

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Confirming Quotations

Posted by on Jul 8, 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 so […]

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CSL Daily 7/9/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“Revival or Decay?” was published in the British weekly humor magazine Punch on July 9, 1958.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“It costs God nothing, so far as we know, to create nice things: but to convert rebellious wills cost Him crucifixion.”

Mere Christianity
(Published in 7/7/1952)

(CCSLQ-37) – Literature Adds

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.   



“Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.”

 

Most questionable quotations I’ve researched appear to be fairly recent false attributions. That’s not the case with the expression in the spotlight today. But, I’m getting ahead of myself. I had not noticed this quote before receiving a question from Josh Radke about it on June 30, 2017 on my Confirming C.S. Lewis Quotations group on Facebook. The group was created initially to help others become aware of material already researched, but it’s also where people can ask about a quotation attributed to Lewis to find out if it is really found in his writings.

Fortunately it was known when the question was asked that the quotation was found in a 1970’s book by Paul Holmer.  But, even though it was also known the book was C. S. Lewis: The Shape of His Faith and Thought, Josh didn’t have a copy of the book to see how it was mentioned. Was Holmer quoting Lewis, or merely summarizing Lewis’ views?  Josh also had already attempted to locate it in several works by Lewis that he had electronically and couldn’t find the passage.

CSL Daily 7/8/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis first used the term “Mere Christianity” in The Screwtape Letters #25; initially published Oct. 17, 1941 in The Guardian.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Our divisions should never be discussed except in the presence of those who have already come to believe that there is one God and that Jesus Christ is His only Son.”

Mere Christianity
(Published in 7/7/1952)

CSL Daily 7/7/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Mere Christianity was first published on July 7, 1952.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“When a man who accepts the Christian doctrine lives unworthily of it, it is much clearer to say he is a bad Christian than to say he is not a Christian.”

Mere Christianity
(Published in 7/7/1952)

CSL Daily 7/6/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The Business of Heaven: Daily Readings from C.S. Lewis was published on July 5, 1984 and was edited by Walter Hooper.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

Passage from The Weight of Glory
(Published in The Business of Heaven)

Deeper Magic (Dr. Donald T. Williams)

While C.S. Lewis is known for being outspoken about his Christian faith, it’s difficult to find specifics about what he believed in some aspects of Theology. This is not unusual because he wasn’t a Theologian, even though he did manage to help many understand various theological issues. Fortunately, a new book by Dr. Donald T. Williams, entitled Deeper Magic: The Theology Behind the Writings of C.S. Lewis tackles the topic. This podcast interview provides an overview of his book that not only summarizes Lewis’ views but also gives an analysis of them. Dr. Williams has previously been on All About Jack with a couple of podcasts featuring two different talks that related to the subject.

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Listen to Deeper Magic Interview

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CSL Daily 7/5/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis wrote his preface to the first edition of The Screwtape Letters on July 5, 1941.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“There are two equal and opposite errors into which can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them.”

from Preface to The Screwtape Letters
(Written 7/5/1941)

CSL Daily 7/4/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The tenth installment of The Screwtape Letters was published on July 4, 1941 in The Guardian.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

(Screwtape commenting on the patient faking cynical and skeptical attitudes):
“All mortals tend to turn into the thing they are pretending to be.”

The Screwtape Letters X
(Published in The Guardian on 7/4/1941)

CSL Daily 7/3/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The Second Edition of Studies in Words was released July 6, 1967 with three new words/chapters.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“In general…the poet’s route to our emotions lies through our imaginations.”

Studies in Words, 2nd Edition
(Published in 7/6/1967)

CSL Daily 7/2/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The Expedition to Holly Bush Hill was published in the July 1913 issue of Cherbourg School Magazine; a difference Lewis essay from 1912.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“All that is not eternal is eternally out of date.”

The Four Loves
(U.S. edition first published 7/27/1960)

(CMCSL-5): C.S. Lewis was Just a Children’s Author

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


I often find it amazing how little some people know about C.S. Lewis. Of course, I’m bias, considering the fact that I eat, drink and sleep all things Lewis (or some think I do). Yet, when I pause and consider how multi-talented he was, it is not hard to understand why most don’t know a lot about him. It’s strikingly similar to the problem Superman had when seen up in the sky. Is that a bird? No, wait it’s a plane! Someone needed to give the observer the glasses that Clark Kent wasn’t wearing to clear things up. Finally, a sane person steps up and proclaims that Superman is above them.

For Lewis, the confusion is worse. While there are more than three choices, common options are that he was an Oxford teacher, a Christian apologist, and a Children’s author. Of course, he was all that and more. However, most only think of him as the latter, a kid’s writer. In fact, some have thought that a hundred years from now that this might be the only achievement by which he will be remembered. While The Chronicles of Narnia are a great achievement on many levels, people are missing out on a lot from Lewis if they only consider those books.

CSL Daily 7/1/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis wrote a letter to the editor on July 1, 1949 to Church Times. It’s in God in the Dock as “The Church’s Liturgy.”

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“When natural things look most divine, the demoniac is just round the corner.”

The Four Loves
(U.S. edition first published 7/27/1960)

CSL Daily 6/30/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis’s book review of “The Allegory of the ‘Faerie Queen'” was published in the June 11, 1960 issue of The Cambridge Review.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“We should mind humiliation less if [we] were humbler.”

Letters to An American Lady
(Published in the UK June, 1969; letter written March 31, 1954)

CSL Daily 6/29/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The ninth letter from Screwtape was published in The Guardian on June 27, 1941.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“All we can do is to encourage the humans to take the pleasures which our Enemy has produced, at times, or in ways, or in degrees, which He has forbidden.”

The Screwtape Letters IX
(Published in The Guardian on 6/27/1941)

CSL Daily 6/28/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis received an honorary Doctor of Divinity from the University of St. Andrews on June 28, 1946.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Think of yourself just as a seed patiently wintering in the earth; waiting to come up a flower in the Gardener’s good time, up into the real world, the real waking.”

Letter to Mary Willis Shelburne 6/28/1963
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume III)