CSL Daily

Posted by on Nov 20, 2017

FACT OF THE DAY: Image and Imagination, the last book with previously unpublished material from Lewis was released in November, 2013. – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “What we do when we imagine, then, is to suppose (with or without the support of explicit images) a reshuffling of universals taken from the actual world.” Image and Imagination […]

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Special Feature

Posted by on Oct 31, 2017

The following is a revised piece from what I shared previously. It was on Oct. 31, 1941 that the 27th letter from Screwtape was published in The Guardian. The following year it came out in the UK in the book The Screwtape Letters (1943 for the US). While there is no material directly related to Halloween in […]

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All About Jack

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017

Even those who enjoy the wide variety of books by C.S. Lewis are sometimes confused when they get to his last published novel, Till We Have Faces. What was he trying to do with the retelling of the story of Cupid and Psyche? How could he completely turn from writing material for Christians to release such […]

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Confirming Quotations

Posted by on Nov 11, 2017

The following is part of a series exploring quotations attributed to C.S. Lewis that are questionable for one reason or another. As I near the publication of a book on the subject, it is difficult to say how often I will post additional material (even though over 30 additional quotes are identified). The working title of […]

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CSL Daily 11/06/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“Is Theology Poetry?” was a paper read by Lewis to the Socratic Club on Nov. 6, 1944.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“We are taught from childhood to notice how the perfect oak grows from the acorn and to forget that the acorn itself was dropped by a perfect oak.”

Is Theology Poetry?
(Talk given on 11/6/1944 to Socratic Club)

CSL Daily 11/05/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

After being released in the UK earlier in 1958, Reflections of the Psalms came out in the US the same year on November 5th.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“A little comic relief in a discussion does no harm, however serious the topic may be. (In my own experience the funniest things have occurred in the gravest and most sincere conversations.)”

Reflections on the Psalms
(Published in November 5, 1958 in the U.S.)

CSL Daily 11/04/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“The Weight of Glory” was published in the November, 1941 issue of Theology.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The load, or weight, or burden of my neighbor’s glory should be laid daily on my back, a load so heavy that only humility can carry it, and the backs of the proud will be broken.”

The Weight of Glory
(Published in November, 1941 issue of Theology)

CSL Daily 11/03/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Letters: C.S. Lewis, Don Giovanni Calabria: A Study in Friendship was published on November 1, 1988 and contained 28 letters from Lewis.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The voice of God indeed daily calls to us; calls to the world to abandon sins and seek the Kingdom of God wholeheartedly.”

Letters: C.S. Lewis, Don Giovanni Calabria: A Study in Friendship
(Book published 11/1/1988; Letter written 4/17/1949)

CSL Daily 11/02/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

On Nov. 2, 1967 Spenser’s Images of Life was published. It was edited by Alastair Fowler and based on Lewis’s Cambridge lectures.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

The Faerie Queene is perhaps the most difficult poem in English. Quite how difficult, I am only now beginning to realize after forty years of reading it.”

Spenser’s Images of Life
(Published 11/2/1967)

CSL Daily 11/01/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“Faith” is the topic of what was the 7th BBC talk from Lewis’s third series that was heard on the radio on Nov. 1, 1942.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Faith, in the sense in which I am using the word, is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods.”

Faith
(Given as a talk on November 1, 1942 and later published as chapter 11 in Christian Behavior)

The Halloween Screwtape Letter!? (Re-Post)

The following is a revised piece from what I shared previously. It was on Oct. 31, 1941 that the 27th letter from Screwtape was published in The Guardian. The following year it came out in the UK in the book The Screwtape Letters (1943 for the US).

While there is no material directly related to Halloween in this letter to Wormwood, Screwtape deals first with the “scary” subject of prayer that was also addressed in the 3rd, 4th and 8th letters. Here Wormwood is advised how to deal with the fact that his patient had made his present issues “the chief subjects of his prayers.”

In the third paragraph Screwtape begins to discuss how “intellectual difficulties” can be raised about petitionary prayers. He notes that if what the patient prayed for doesn’t happen then Wormword can lead him to think it “proves” prayer doesn’t work and if it does happen then how can he know if wouldn’t have occurred anyway if he didn’t pray!

In the final paragraph the topic of “The Historical Point of View” is addressed. This is different from what was mentioned in the 23rd letter about varying views on the “historical Jesus.” Screwtape describes here a brief definition of “The Historical Point of View” as meaning:

when a learned man is presented with any statement in an ancient author, the one question he never asks is whether it is true.

He goes on to comment:

To regard the ancient writer as a possible source of knowledge—to anticipate that what he said could possibly modify your thoughts or your behaviour—this would be rejected as unutterably simple-minded.

This idea is described as “chronological snobbery” in chapter 13 of Surprised by Joy (SBJ) and is a phrase Lewis credits Owen Barfield as helping him understand. In that chapter of SBJ, Lewis provides this definition to the expression:

the uncritical acceptance of the intellectual climate common to our own age and the assumption that whatever has gone out of date is on that account discredited.

CSL Daily 10/31/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The 27th Screwtape Letter was published on Oct. 31, 1941 in The Guardian. Its subtitle was “The Historical Point of View.”

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Anything, even a sin, which has the total effect of moving him close up to the Enemy [i.e. God], makes against us in the long run.”

The Screwtape Letters – XXVII – The Historical Point of View
(First published in The Guardian on 10/31/1941)

CSL Daily 10/30/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“A Note on Jane Austen” was published in the October, 1954 issue of Essays in Criticism.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The hard core of morality and even of religion seems to me to be just what makes good comedy possible.”

A Note on Jane Austen
(Published in the October, 1954 issue of Essays in Criticism)

 

CSL Daily 10/29/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

On Oct. 29, 1935 Oxford University Press agreed to publish The Allegory of Love. It became  Lewis’s first academic title.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Nearly all those evils in the world which people put down to greed or selfishness are really far more the result of Pride.”

The Great Sin
(Broadcast on BBC on 10/25/1942; Chapter Eight from Book Three, Christian Behaviour in Mere Christianity)

(CCSLQ-40) – Next Moment

The following is part of a series exploring quotations attributed to C.S. Lewis that are questionable for one reason or another. As I near the publication of an untitled book on the subject, it is difficult to say how often I will post additional material (even though over 30 more quotes have been identified). That book is scheduled for release in May, 2018.

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.   



“The next moment is as much beyond our grasp, and as much in God’s care as that a hundred years away. Care for the next minute is just as foolish as care for a day in the next thousand years. And neither can we do anything, and both God is doing everything.”

It’s no secret that Lewis enjoyed the writings of George MacDonald very much. In fact, I’ve posted two articles already where something credited to Lewis was actually from MacDonald. The first was about an expression related to soul/body, and the other was about being “what God chose to make me.” In both cases it was difficult to clearly know how those two sayings were falsely credited to Lewis. However, with this quotation, it is much easier to determine why some believe Lewis was the author, instead of M.

In the mid 1940’s Lewis edited a book entitled George MacDonald: An Anthology. Within that book, in reading number 74, is a slightly modified version of this quote. There are three words missing from the beginning and four words from about the middle of the quotation. The correct version (with the absent words in bold) are below and the entire source from where this passage is found is also online.

CSL Daily 10/28/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“Talking about Bicycles,” one of Lewis’s shorter works was published in the October, 1946 issue of Resistance.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man.”

The Great Sin
(Broadcast on BBC on 10/25/1942; Chapter Eight from Book Three, Christian Behaviour in Mere Christianity)

CSL Daily 10/27/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Narrative Poems was released on Oct. 27, 1969. It included the entire contents of Dymer, Lewis’s second poetry book.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“We want in fact not so much a father in Heaven as a grandfather in heaven – a senile benevolence who as they say ‘liked to see young people enjoying themselves.'”

The Problem of Pain
(Published 10/18/1940)

CSL Daily 10/26/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Poems is a book collecting nearly all of Lewis’s shorter poems that was released on Oct. 26, 1964.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Every one says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive.”

Forgiveness
(Broadcast on BBC on 10/18/1942; Chapter Seven from Book Three, Christian Behaviour in Mere Christianity)

CSL Daily 10/25/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The sixth talk from the third BBC radio series was give live on Oct. 25, 1942. It is known as “The Great Sin.”

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere fleabites in comparison…[pride] is the complete anti-God state of mind.”

The Great Sin
(Broadcast on BBC on 10/25/1942; Chapter Eight from Book Three, Christian Behaviour in Mere Christianity)