CSL Daily

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017

FACT OF THE DAY: On March 7, 1945 Lewis wrote a letter to Mr. McClain turning down an offer for a speaking tour in America. – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Friendship is unnecessary…it has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.” The Four Loves  (Published […]

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Special Feature

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017

Democracy is a very important word here on Earth and in Hell. So much so, that the devils want to create confusion about what the word actually means. That’s why their philological department is hard at work to keep the real meaning out of our minds. When you listen to the fifth episode of “200 Seconds in Hell with […]

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All About Jack

Posted by on Mar 26, 2017

Welcome to a new occasional podcast series designed to encourage you to read books that C.S. Lewis wrote (or edited). Even those who have read a variety of works by him are surprised to learn he wrote more than forty during his lifetime. Additionally,  there are numerous books (mostly essay collections) created after his death. […]

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Confirming Quotations

Posted by on Mar 4, 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 HERE to quickly see what has been posted […]

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CSL Daily 3/16/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

19th installment of what eventually became The Great Divorce was published March 16, 1945 in The Guardian.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Fame in [Heaven] and fame on Earth are two quite different things.”

Who Goes Home? or The Grand Divorce XIX
(Published in The Guardian on 3/16/1945)

Q03-16 (Fame in Heaven)

CSL Daily 3/15/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“Dangers of National Repentance” is an essay by Lewis published March 15, 1940 in The Guardian.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The hard sayings of our Lord are wholesome to those only who find them hard.”

Dangers of National Repentance
(Published in The Guardian  on 3/15/40)

Q03-15 (Hard Sayings)

CSL Daily 3/14/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The fourth of the final series of BBC talks, The Obstinate Toy Soldiers, was given by Lewis on March 14, 1944.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God.”

The Obstinate Toy Soldiers
(Initially a BBC broadcast from 3/14/44)

Q03-14 (Sons of God)

CSL Daily 3/13/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

On March 15, 1984 The Business of Heaven: Daily Readings from C.S. Lewis (edited by Hooper) was released.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Prudence means practical common sense, taking the trouble to think out what you are doing and what is likely to come of it.”

The ‘Cardinal Virtues’
(Reading for March 13th in The Business of Heaven)

Q03-13 (Prudence Means)

CSL Daily 3/12/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

On March 12, 1919 Lewis presented a paper to the Marlets on textile designer, artist, writer and Utopian socialist, William Morris.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“God is love, and that love works through men— especially through the whole community of Christians.”

Good Infection
(Initially a BBC broadcast from 3/7/44)

Q03-12 (Community of Christians)

Correcting Misconceptions About C.S. Lewis

 Updated 3/11/17

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The following serves as an overview and introduction for this series that will begin soon. Presently I’m not sure how frequently updates will be posted. However, you can easily tell if I’m made changes by noting the date just above the picture. You can also keep up with new posts (and easily ask questions) by joining the group on Facebook called Misconceptions about C.S. Lewis
As you might guess from the title, the focus is on exploring false beliefs about the life or writings of C.S. Lewis. 

At the bottom of this page is what you might consider to be a “table of contents.” It can help you quickly locate an issue that has has been or will be examined. If there is no link yet then that means the article hasn’t been posted.

CSL Daily 3/11/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

On March 11, 1936 Lewis wrote to Charles Williams for the first time; it become the start of a close friendship.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“There is but one good; that is God. Everything else is good when it looks to Him and bad when it turns from Him.”

Who Goes Home? or The Grand Divorce XVII
(Published in The Guardian on 3/2/1945)

Q03-11 (Only God Good)

C. S. Lewis on Prayer (Video Study by Rev. David Beckmann)

CSL on Prayer (Beckmann Videos)How familiar are with Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer? Rev. David Beckmann has studied this book a lot and given a variety of talks on it. Now he has pulled together that experience and put it into a series of online videos that was filmed in and around Oxford. That’s why he’s my guest on this new All About Jack podcast. Learn more about this eight-part series and where to go to watch the first session for free. Beckmann is an Anglican priest, recent director of the C. S. Lewis Study Center at the Kilns, and Moderator of the CS Lewis Society of Chattanooga.  

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Listen to C.S. Lewis on Prayer Interview

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CSL Daily 3/10/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

On March 10, 1949 Lewis shared two chapters of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe with his friend (and former student) Roger Green.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Nothing, not even the best and noblest, can go on as it now is. Nothing, not even what is lowest and most bestial, will not be raised again if it submits to death.”

Who Goes Home? or The Grand Divorce XVIII
(Published in The Guardian on 3/9/1945)

Q03-10 (Submits to Death)

CSL Daily 3/9/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

18th installment of the eventual book The Great Divorce was published in The Guardian on March 9, 1945. It was the first half of Ch. 12.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“It is no use to say `Lord, Lord’, if we do not do what Christ tells us.”

Mr C. S. Lewis on Christianity
(published in The Listener 3/9/44)

Q03-09 (Lord Lord)

CSL Daily 3/8/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

In March, 1948 Lewis began writing his autobiography Surprised by Joy, but it wasn’t published until 1955.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The words ‘God is love’ have no real meaning unless God contains at least two Persons.”

Good Infection
(Initially a BBC broadcast from 3/7/44)

Q03-08 (Words God is Love)

CSL Daily 3/7/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Good Infection, the third of the 4th BBC radio series was given March 7, 1944. It became the fourth chapter in Mere Christianity.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“It is quite right to go away from [the words of the Bible] for a moment in order to make some special point clear. But you must always go back.”

Good Infection
(Initially a BBC broadcast from 3/7/44)

Q03-07 (Special Point Clear)

CSL Daily 3/6/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“Christianity and Culture” appeared in March, 1940 issue of Theology, but wrote more on the topic in the June and December issues.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Once we have accepted an omniscient & providential God, the distinction we used to draw between the significant and the fortuitous must either break down or be restated in some v. much subtler form.”

Letter to Sheldon Vanauken 3/6/1955
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume III)

Q03-06 (Omniscient God)

CSL Daily 3/5/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

On March 5, 1908, when Lewis was just 9, he recorded in his diary that he had read Paradise Lost.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“A man is never so proud as when striking an attitude of humility.”

Christianity and Culture
(Published in March 1940 in Theology)

Q03-05 (Never So Proud)

(CCSLQ-33) – Isn’t It Funny

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 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.   


Isn't It Funny
“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but
when you look back, everything is different.”

Did you every hear the funny story of the person who collected fake Lewis quotes and forgot to check to see if he had already posted on a popular one and when he did, he realized he didn’t? So, this post is correcting that oversight.

The above quotation is sometimes credited to Prince Caspian, one of Lewis’ Narnia book. More frequently it is merely incorrectly attributed to him with no source.  How am I sure it is not in Prince Caspian? In addition to today’s technology enabling you to find false quotations, you can actually own an electronic copy of nearly all of Lewis’ books and the complete set of Narnia books is among them. So, searching not only that single title, I checked all seven stories to confirm it is not there.