CSL Daily 7/7/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Mere Christianity was first published on July 7, 1952.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“When a man who accepts the Christian doctrine lives unworthily of it, it is much clearer to say he is a bad Christian than to say he is not a Christian.”

Mere Christianity
(Published in 7/7/1952)

(CMCSL-4): After Winston Churchill, Lewis Was the Most Recognized Voice in Britain in the 1940’s

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.    


Most people enjoy being recognized. In fact, those who are well-known are usually ones who seek out the fame. This was not the case for C.S. Lewis. While he enjoyed the company of friends and spoke publicly, he was also a rather bookish man. In an interview published in the September 8, 1947 issue of Time he is quoted as saying, “I like monotony.” So, even though Lewis didn’t seek to be famous, he nevertheless became a public figure.

Much of his fame (at least in England) is attributed to the fact that he was on the radio (BBC) speaking in favor of the Christian faith on four series of talks that later became the book Mere Christianity. His third show from the first series had an audience of over two million listeners! Is it any wonder there is the claim that Lewis was the most recognized voice after Winston Churchill? Even though this detail has been mentioned by established scholars, it is simply not true.

(CCSLQ-35) – Someone I Love

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 (CLICK 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.   


Someone I Love
“There is someone I love, even though I don’t approve of what he does. There is someone I accept, though some of his thoughts and actions revolt me. There is someone I forgive, though he hurts the people I love the most. That person is me.”

The above quotation expresses some very thoughtful comments. For me it is not only a great reminder that I’m not perfect, but also a challenge to extend to others around me the same love, acceptance and forgiveness I give to myself. It’s just the type of thing you would expect C.S. Lewis to encourage somewhere in his writings. In fact he does! But, he just does NOT use those exact words. While known for making concise profound statements, he expresses this sentiment with a lot more words (details below). So, what we have pictured above is another example of taking material from C.S. Lewis and paraphrasing it.

How can I be so sure? In addition to not finding the quotation in any of Lewis’ work, I also tracked down places it is found and I also believe I know where it was first shared.

CSL Daily 4/19/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Christian Behaviour was first published on April 19, 1943. It is better known for being Book 3 of Mere Christianity.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Hope…a continual looking forward to the eternal world is not (as some modern people think) a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant to do.”

Christian Behaviour 
(Published 4/19/1943)

Q04-19 - (Looking Forward)

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)