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Posted by on Sep 19, 2017

FACT OF THE DAY: Surprised By Joy: The Shape of My Early Life by Lewis was published September 19, 1955. – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Joy is not a substitute for sex; sex is very often a substitute for Joy. I sometimes wonder whether all pleasures are not substitutes for Joy.” Surprised By Joy […]

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Special Feature

Posted by on Aug 12, 2017

BRIEF UPDATE: It’s seems I’ve “over-summarized” MacDonald’s views on Universalism…inadvertently creating, or continuing a misconception about him. So, I’ll be doing a formal update soon to correct this oversight.  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 […]

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All About Jack

Posted by on Sep 13, 2017

This is the fifth podcast episode in the series on “Misquotes and Misconceptions.” Returning guest host for this show is Rev. David Beckmann. Previously he was interviewed about a video series he produced entitled C.S. Lewis on Prayer (link below). This time he asks William O’Flaherty questions about a couple of confusing aspects of Lewis’ life. The topics are […]

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Confirming Quotations

Posted by on Aug 5, 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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(PODCAST) Exploring C.S. Lewis Misquotes and Misconceptions – Episode 4

This is the fourth podcast episode in the series on “Misquotes and Misconceptions.” Returning guest host for this show is Corey Latta. Previously he helped with the second program and he was also interviewed about a book he wrote entitled C.S. Lewis and the Art of Writing (link below). This time he asks William O’Flaherty questions about quotations credited to Lewis that are mostly close to what he did write. These are usually paraphrases of what Lewis wrote. The key words of those sayings are listed below (that also link to an article online) to help you better understand the quote in question. 

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CSL Daily 9/05/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Of Other Worlds: Essays and Stories edited by Walter Hooper was released on September 5, 1966. All the stories are also in The Dark Tower.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“No man would find an abiding strangeness on the Moon unless he were the sort of man who could find it in his own back garden.”

On Stories
(Published in Of Other Worlds on 9/5/1966)

 

CSL Daily 9/04/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

On September 4, 1943 “My First School” was printed in Time and Tide as “Notes on the Way.” Reprinted in Present Concerns.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Only children quarrel about whether pancakes are nice or nasty, but grown men quarrel about whether an act is right or wrong.”

Answers to Listeners’ Questions transcript
(BBC Broadcast from 9/3/1941 known as “Some Objections” in Broadcast Talks)

CSL Daily 9/03/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“The Mythopoeic Gift of Rider Haggard” was first published September 3, 1960 in Time and Tide as “Haggard Rides Again.”

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“A great myth is relevant as long as the predicament of humanity lasts: as long as humanity lasts. It will always work, on those who can receive it.”

Haggard Rides Again
(Published in Time and Tide on 9/3/1960)

CSL Daily 9/02/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“The Condemned” is a poem first published as “Under Sentence” on September 7, 1945 in The Spectator.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“If nothing, or nothing we recognise comes through, we imagine [God] has let us down and reject Him, perhaps at the very moment when help was on its way. . .”

Letter to Mrs. Lockley on 9/2/1949
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume II)

CSL Daily 9/01/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“God in the Dock” was published as “Difficulties in Presenting the Christian Faith to Modern Unbelievers” in September ’48 in Lumen Vitae.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The ancient man approached God (or even the gods) as the accused person approaches his judge. For the modern man the roles are reversed. He is the judge: God is in the dock.”

Difficulties in Presenting the Christian Faith to Modern Unbelievers
(Published in September 1948 issue of Lumen Vitae)

Exploring C.S. Lewis Misquotes and Misconceptions (Podcast Recap)

This post is going out as only the first three shows of the six part series have posted. However, this page will be updated as each of the remaining shows are available. Currently plans are to release the fourth show on Tuesday, September 5th.

Just click on the picture of the episode you want to hear and it will take you to the podcast site to hear 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
(first of two-part)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 3– Continues examining quotes NOT by Lewis
(second of two-part)

 

CSL Daily 8/31/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The Poem “Vowels and Sirens” came out in The Times Literary Supplement Special Autumn Issue in late August, 1952.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

[After explaining some weaknesses in a child’s stories:] “I hope you don’t mind me telling you all this? One can learn only by seeing one’s mistakes.

Letter to  Joan Lancaster on 8/31/1958
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume III)

CSL Daily 8/30/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The 18th Screwtape letter first came out on August 29, 1941 in The Guardian before being published in The Screwtape Letters.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The whole philosophy of Hell rests on recognition of the axiom that one thing is not another thing, and, specially, that one self is not another self. My good is my good and your good is yours. What one gains another loses.”

The Screwtape Letters XVIII
(Published in The Guardian on 8/29/1941)

CSL Daily 8/29/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis’s parents, Albert and Florence (Flora) were married at St. Mark’s Church on August 29, 1894.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Do you place yourself in the obedience,’ said the Director, ‘in obedience to Maleldil?’
‘Sir,’ said Jane, ‘I know nothing of Maleldil. But I place myself in obedience to you.’
‘It is enough for the present,’ said the Director.
‘This is the courtesy of Deep Heaven: that when you mean well, He always takes you to have meant better than you knew.'”

That Hideous Strength
(Published 8/16/1945)

CSL Daily 8/28/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“Equality” is a shorter work by Lewis published August 27, 1943 in The Spectator.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Friends are not primarily absorbed in each other. It is when we are doing things together that friendship springs up – painting, sailing ships, praying, philosophizing, fighting shoulder to shoulder. Friends look in the same direction. Lovers look at each other: that is, in opposite directions.”

Equality
(Published in The Spectator on 8/27/1943)

 

CSL Daily 8/27/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The fourth radio talk from Lewis‘s first broadcast series was given August 27, 1941; it was called “What Can We Do About It.” In Mere Christianity it is entitled “We Have Cause to be Uneasy.”

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Progress means getting nearer to the place where you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turning, then to go forward does not get you any nearer.”

4th BBC Broadcast
(Given on 8/27/1941; Then known as What Can We Do About It)

CSL Daily 8/26/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis’s father, Albert, was notorious for not liking his routine changed; this quality negatively affected his relationship with his sons.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“In fighting those who serve devils one always has this on one’s side; their Masters hate them as much as they hate us.”

That Hideous Strength
(Published 8/16/1945)

CSL Daily 8/25/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“The Trouble with ‘X'” is an essay by Lewis first published in the August, 1948 issue of Bristol Diocesan Gazette.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“I find that I do not exist on my own, that I am under a law; that somebody or something wants me to behave in a certain way.”

3rd BBC Broadcast
(Given on 8/20/1941; Then known as Materialism or Religion)

 

(PODCAST) Exploring C.S. Lewis Misquotes and Misconceptions – Episode 3

This is the third podcast episode in the series on “Misquotes and Misconceptions.” Guest host for this show is Rev. David Beckmann. Previously he was interviewed about a video series he produced entitled C.S. Lewis on Prayer (link below). This time he asks William O’Flaherty questions about quotations credited to Lewis that he did not write. You will find the key words of those sayings listed below (that also link to an article online) about the quote in question. Also, in the show itself, actual quotes from Lewis are shared that are the closest thing he said on the given topic

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