CSL Daily 8/13/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The second ever radio talk by Lewis was given on August 13, 1941. At the time it was called “Scientific Law and Moral Law” but is “THE REALITY OF THE LAW” in Mere Christianity.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The laws of nature, as applied to stones or trees, may only mean ‘what Nature, in fact, does’. But if you turn to the Law of Human Nature, the Law of Decent Behaviour, it is a different matter. That law certainly does not mean ‘what human beings, in fact, do’; for as I said before, many of them do not obey this law at all, and none of them obey it completely.”

2nd BBC Broadcast
(Given on 8/13/1941; Known as The Reality of the Law)

(CMCSL-7): C.S. Lewis was a Universalist

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 explored or planned to be examined you can visit the introduction to this series


Saying C.S. Lewis is popular among Evangelicals is like reporting the grass is green. However, there are those who are on the other end of the spectrum, believing Lewis is dangerous because of some of his views. One of those issues deals with the heart of the Christian faith – the issue of salvation. Specifically, whether or not everyone will be saved. Those who believe ALL will be saved are called “Universalists.” That is, if you hold to the idea that all will eventually go to Heaven, you are a Universalist. Some believe that Lewis held this position. However, a careful consideration of his writings clearly shows he did not hold this perspective.

Specifically, there are three main reasons some believe Lewis held a Universalist position. The first has to do with the Emeth character from The Last Battle, the final Narnia story. A second common factor for thinking he believed in Universalism is his praise of George MacDonald, who was a proponent of universal salvation. Finally, another concern expressed by some is comments Lewis made related to salvation in Mere Christianity, as well as other writings.

CSL Daily 8/06/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“Common Decency,” the first BBC broadcast by Lewis was given on August 6, 1941. It is better known as “The Law of Human Nature” in Mere Christianity.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Quarreling means trying to show that the other man is in the wrong. And there would be no sense in trying to do that unless you and he had some sort of agreement as to what Right and Wrong are.”

The Law of Human Nature
(First heard on the BBC on 8/6/1941)

CSL Daily 7/9/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“Revival or Decay?” was published in the British weekly humor magazine Punch on July 9, 1958.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“It costs God nothing, so far as we know, to create nice things: but to convert rebellious wills cost Him crucifixion.”

Mere Christianity
(Published in 7/7/1952)

CSL Daily 7/8/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis first used the term “Mere Christianity” in The Screwtape Letters #25; initially published Oct. 17, 1941 in The Guardian.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Our divisions should never be discussed except in the presence of those who have already come to believe that there is one God and that Jesus Christ is His only Son.”

Mere Christianity
(Published in 7/7/1952)