(CMCSL-5): C.S. Lewis was Just a Children’s Author

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


I often find it amazing how little some people know about C.S. Lewis. Of course, I’m bias, considering the fact that I eat, drink and sleep all things Lewis (or some think I do). Yet, when I pause and consider how multi-talented he was, it is not hard to understand why most don’t know a lot about him. It’s strikingly similar to the problem Superman had when seen up in the sky. Is that a bird? No, wait it’s a plane! Someone needed to give the observer the glasses that Clark Kent wasn’t wearing to clear things up. Finally, a sane person steps up and proclaims that Superman is above them.

For Lewis, the confusion is worse. While there are more than three choices, common options are that he was an Oxford teacher, a Christian apologist, and a Children’s author. Of course, he was all that and more. However, most only think of him as the latter, a kid’s writer. In fact, some have thought that a hundred years from now that this might be the only achievement by which he will be remembered. While The Chronicles of Narnia are a great achievement on many levels, people are missing out on a lot from Lewis if they only consider those books.

CSL Daily 6/19/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“Membership” was published in the June 1945 issue of Sobornost. Previously it was a talk given in February to the Society of St. Alban and St. Sergius in Oxford.

– – –

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“How God thinks of us is not only more important, but infinitely more important. Indeed, how we think of Him is of no importance except in so far as it is related to how He thinks of us.”

The Weight of Glory
(Sermon preached on 6/8/1941)

CSL Daily 6/15/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis’s appointment at Magdalen College at Oxford officially began on June 15, 1925 and lasted nearly three decades.

– – –

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“It is so fatally easy to confuse an aesthetic appreciation of the spiritual life with the life itself— to dream that you have waked, washed, and dressed, & then to find yourself still in bed.”

Letter to Arthur Greeves 6/15/1930
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume I)

CSL Daily 6/14/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis finished his academic studies at Oxford near the end of June, 1923, beginning his exams on the 14th.

– – –

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Perfect humility dispenses with modesty. If God is satisfied with the work, the work my be satisfied with itself.”

The Weight of Glory
(Sermon preached on 6/8/1941)

CSL Daily 6/8/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“The Weight of Glory,” Lewis’s most famous sermon was preached on June 8, 1941 at St. Mary the Virgin in Oxford.
Hear a podcast with a variety of guests that gives honor to it.

– – –

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The New Testament has lots to say about self-denial, but not about self-denial as an end in itself.”

The Weight of Glory
(Sermon preached on 6/8/1941)