(CCSLQ-45) – Credit for Bowing

The following is part of a series exploring quotations attributed to C.S. Lewis that are questionable for one reason or another. My book (THE MISQUOTABLE C.S. LEWIS, releasing by May, 2018) collects material presented so far and will contain expressions not yet posted here (plus existing online material is updated in the book). That book will contain 75 quotations, so there are many quotes not yet posted (over two dozen). With so much material left, I hope to post a new quote each week. 

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.   



“You won’t get credit for bowing when standing isn’t an option.”

Most quotations that appear questionable are so unlike anything Lewis would ever write that those who are familiar with his writings can spot them a mile away. However, when I was first alerted to his one (via a question posted in my Confirming Lewis Quotes Facebook Group), I felt it was something by Lewis, but it seemed a little “off.” Nevertheless, I tried my typical way of determining if an expression is falsely attributed; I tried to eliminate the possibility that someone else wrote it, along with attempting to figure out how Lewis might have actually wrote it. However, when something is a paraphrase of him, then it is more difficult to track down the correct words.

CSL Daily 02/14/18

FACT OF THE DAY:

A Grief Observed was published for the first time in the US on February 14, 1963, after being released in the UK on 9/29/1961. Also paperbacks of The Screwtape Letters and Mere Christianity were released on February 14, 1955) in the UK.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Bereavement is not the truncation of married love but one of its regular phases—like the honeymoon. What we want is to live our marriage well and faithfully through that phase too. If it hurts (and it certainly will) we accept the pains as a necessary part of this phase.”

A Grief Observed 
(Published in the US on 2/14/1963)

Q02-14 (Bereavement - We Accept)

CSL Daily 02/01/18

FACT OF THE DAY:

Known as “The Shocking Alternative,” Lewis gave the 3rd talk on February 1, 1942 on the BBC from What Christians Believe series.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“You can shut [Jesus] up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God.”

The Shocking Alternative
(Given as a talk on the BBC on 2/1/1942)

Q02-01 (Fall at His Feet)

CSL Daily 11/11/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The American edition of Mere Christianity was first published on Nov. 11, 1952. It was published on July 7 in the UK the same year.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next.”

Hope
(Chapter 10 of Book III (Christian Behavior) in Mere Christianity)

CSL Daily 11/10/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The first weekly installment of The Great Divorce appears in The Guardian on Nov. 10, 1944 under the title of “Who Goes Home? or The Grand Divorce.”

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“When the most important things in our life happen we quite often do not know, at the moment, what is going on.”

Faith
(Given as a talk on the BBC on November 8, 1942 and later published as chapter 12 in Christian Behavior)