CSL Daily

Posted by on Feb 19, 2018

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. – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It is a good rule, after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you […]

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Special Feature

Posted by on Feb 16, 2018

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  […]

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All About Jack

Posted by on Feb 16, 2018

If you have read a variety of writings from Lewis, Tolkien and their friends Charles Williams and Owen Barfield, then you know they had more than a passing interest in King Arthur. In the following podcast learn about a new book, edited by Sørina Higgins that explores the latest viewpoints on their Arthurian literature. This massive […]

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Confirming Quotations

Posted by on Feb 17, 2018

The following is part of a series exploring quotations attributed to C.S. Lewis that are questionable for one reason or another. My book (THE MISQUOTABLE C.S. LEWIS, releasing by May, 2018) collects material presented so far and will contain expressions not yet posted here (plus existing online material is updated in the book). That book […]

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CSL Daily 02/08/18

FACT OF THE DAY:

The fourth talk from the second BBC series was given on February 8, 1942. It’s now know as “The Perfect Penitent.”

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The central Christian belief is that Christ’s death has somehow put us right with God and given us a fresh start.”

The Perfect Penitent
(Given as a talk on the BBC on 2/8/1942)

Q02-08 (Central Christian Belief)

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.

CSL Daily 02/07/18

FACT OF THE DAY:

In 1941 on February 7th “Evil and God” was published in The Spectator. In 1944 “Bulverism” was a talk Lewis gave at the Socratic Club.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“If evil has the same kind of reality as good, the same autonomy and completeness, our allegiance to good becomes the arbitrarily chosen loyalty of a partisan.”

Evil and God
(Published in The Spectator on 2/7/1941)

Q02-07 (Evil Different from Good)

CSL Daily 02/06/18

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:

“Free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having.”

The Shocking Alternative
(Given as a talk on the BBC on 2/1/1942)

Q02-06 (Free Will)

CSL Daily 02/05/18

FACT OF THE DAY:

“The Man Born Blind” was published on February 4, 1977 in Church Times. But a different version was later discovered called “Light.” Hear a podcast interview with Dr. Charlie Starr about that version.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“I fancy we are all too ready, once we are converted ourselves, to assume that God will deal with everyone exactly as He does with us. But He is no mass-producer and treats no two quite alike.”

Letter to Mrs. Jessup on 2/5/1954
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume III)

Q02-05 (Assume God)

CSL Daily 02/04/18

FACT OF THE DAY:

On February 4, 1933 Lewis wrote to his friend Arthur Greeves about reading a draft of The Hobbit (not published till ’37).

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Since term began I have had a delightful time reading a children’s story which Tolkien has just written.”

Letter to Arthur Greeves on 2/4/1933
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume II)

Q02-04 (Hobbit 1933)

(CCSLQ-43) – Immunity From Difficulties

The following is part of a series exploring quotations attributed to C.S. Lewis that are questionable for one reason or another. My book (THE MISQUOTABLE C.S. LEWIS, releasing in May, 2018) collects material presented so far and will contain expressions not yet posted here (plus existing online material is updated in the book). That book will contain 75 quotations, so there are many quotes not yet posted (over 30). With so much material left, I hope to post a new quote each week. 

There is an “at a glance” page (CLICK HERE) to quickly see what has been posted so far in this series, which also includes a list of the other quotes I’ve identified as questionable. Also, if you haven’t already, consider reading the INTRODUCTION to this series to gain an understanding of the three main categories.   



“Life with God is not immunity from difficulties, but peace in difficulties.”

This expression is seen all over social media with Lewis’s name on it, so it must be true! No doubt you can tell from the above graphic that these words are not from Lewis. Fortunately, you won’t find him falsely associated with this saying in very many books from what I could gather from searching Google Books. However, just because Lewis didn’t write it doesn’t take away from the meaningfulness of the words, only that you shouldn’t falsely credit him with something he didn’t write. I personally enjoy this expression, as it is a great reminder that even though life will have challenges, we don’t have to lose heart. In fact, John 16:33 tells us we can have peace despite our troubles because Jesus has “overcome the world.”

CSL Daily 02/03/18

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis’s short story “The Shoddy Lands” was published in the February, 1956 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself.”

The Shocking Alternative
(Given as a talk on the BBC on 2/1/1942)

Q02-03 (Happiness and Peace)

CSL Daily 02/02/18

FACT OF THE DAY:

The (often misunderstood) debate between #CSLewis and Anscombe happen on February 2, 1948. Learn more about it from my article exploring the claim that “Lewis Had a Serious Crisis of Faith After Losing a Debate to Anscombe.”

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Those that hate goodness are sometimes nearer than those that know nothing at all about it and think they have it already.”

Who Goes Home? or The Grand Divorce XIII
(Published in The Guardian on 2/2/1945)

Q02-02 (Hate Goodness)

CSL Daily 02/01/18

FACT OF THE DAY:

Known as “The Shocking Alternative,” Lewis gave the 3rd talk on February 1, 1942 on the BBC from What Christians Believe series.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“You can shut [Jesus] up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God.”

The Shocking Alternative
(Given as a talk on the BBC on 2/1/1942)

Q02-01 (Fall at His Feet)

CSL Daily 01/31/18

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis was president of the Oxford Socratic Club from it’s founding (1942) until 1955 (when he started teaching at Cambridge).

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Nobody who gets enough food and clothing in a world where most are hungry and cold has any business to talk about ‘misery.'”

Letter to Arthur Greeves on 1/31/1917

Q01-31 (Enough Food)

CSL Daily 01/30/18

FACT OF THE DAY:

First paperback edition of The Last Battle came out on January 30, 1964.  It was published as ‘Puffin Books’ by Penguin Books Ltd.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“One cannot be too careful: one must try to hold fast to one’s duties (I wish I did) which are the prose of the spiritual life and not learn to depend too much on these delightful moments.”

Letter to Arthur Greeves on 1/30/1930
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume I)

Q01-30 (Ones Duties)

CSL Daily 01/29/18

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis preached his final sermon, “A Slip of the Tongue” on January 29, 1956. It was preached at Evernsong at Magdalene College.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“For it is not so much of our time and so much of our attention that God demands; it is not even all our time and all our attention: it is our selves.”

A Slip of the Tongue
(Sermon preached on 1/29/1956)

Q01-29 (What God Demands)

CSL Daily 01/28/18

FACT OF THE DAY:

The Abolition of Man (released in early January, 1944) is the book Lewis wrote that he claimed addressed “a ‘serious’ point” presented in That Hideous Strength.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“It is no use to ask God with factious earnestness for A when our whole mind is in reality filled with B. We must lay before Him what is in us not what ought to be in us.”

Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer
(Published on 1/27/1964)

Q01-28 (What is in US)

CSL Daily 01/27/18

FACT OF THE DAY:

Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer was published January 27, 1964; one of the last books Lewis prepared before his death.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Joy is the serious business of Heaven.”

Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer
(Published on 1/27/1964)

Q01-27 (Business of Heaven)