CSL Daily 12/31/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Letter to the Editor, “Version Vernacular” published on Dec. 31, 1958 in The Christian Century.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“When I was a youngster, all the progressive people were saying, ‘Why all this prudery? Let us treat sex just as we treat all our other impulses.’ I was simple-minded enough to believe they meant what they said. I have since discovered that they meant exactly the opposite. They meant that sex was to be treated as no other impulse in our nature has ever been treated by civilized people.”

We Have No ‘Right to Happiness’
(Published in The Saturday Evening Post 12/21-28/1963)

CSL Daily 12/25/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Beyond the Bright Blur was a limited edition title published on Dec. 25, 1963 that contained chapters 15-17 of Letters to Malcolm.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“[God] must constantly work as the iconoclast. Every idea of Him we form, He must in mercy shatter. The most blessed result of prayer would be to rise thinking ‘But I never knew before, I never dreamed . . .'”

Beyond the Bright Blur
(Published 12/25/1963; chapter 15 of Letters to Malcolm)

CSL Daily 11/26/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis’s funeral was held on Nov. 26, 1963 at Holy Trinity, Headington Quarry. Father Ronald Head lead the service. An  obituary for the NY Times was published the day before.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“When I began, Christianity came before the great mass of my unbelieving fellow-countrymen either in the highly emotional form offered by revivalists or in the unintelligible language of highly cultured clergymen. Most men were reached by neither.”

Rejoinder to Dr Pittenger (Published 11/26/58 in The Christian Century)

CSL Daily 11/22/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

C.S. Lewis died on Nov. 22, 1963, the same day as JFK and Aldous Huxley.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

The general rule which we have now pretty well established among them is that in all experiences which can make them happier or better only the physical facts are “Real” while the spiritual elements are “subjective.”

The Screwtape Letters – XXX
(First published in The Guardian on 11/21/1941)

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)