Daily Lewis

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014

FACT OF THE DAY:

On this day in 1944 “The Death of Words” was published in The Spectator. It was republished in On Stories.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The most important sense of a word is not always the most useful. What is the good of deepening a word’s connotation if you deprive the word of all practicable denotation?”

The Death of Words
(Published 9/22/1944 in The Spectator)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

What book from the Narnia series was published in March of 1956?
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Special Feature

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014

Highlights for September 22nd – 30th include: Debut story of a Sci-Fi trilogy, a landmark book published anonymously and the death of Lewis’s father to cancer.

It’s no secret that Lewis is known for being a versatile writer. One of his earliest efforts that spotlighted this fact is what happened on the 23rd in 1938. This is when Lewis released the first of what is referred to many fans as the Ransom trilogy. That’s because Dr. Elwin Ransom is a central character introduced in Out of the Silent Planet. Released a dozen years before the Narnia stories, some call this his first imaginative apologetic work. Apparently Lewis himself wasn’t aware of how useful of a tool fiction could be to present Christian ideas in a latent way. It was

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All About Jack

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014

This is the third in a series of eight shows on C.S. Lewis vs the New Atheists. In addition to having the author of the book (Peter S. Williams) with me (William O’Flaherty), I am also joined again by Peter Byrom to help co-host. Today’s discussion is about the second chapter of the book. If you haven’t listened to last week’s show then follow the link below to hear it. This third of eight episodes covers “The Positively Blunt Sword of Scientism.”

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Resource Spotlight

Posted by on Sep 7, 2014

If you have explored the places I’ve highlighted since the beginning of the year you’ve probably noticed many Lewis scholars have websites. Some have material just on Lewis, or like the one this, they have other material in additional to the content related to Lewis. While Dr. Diana Glyer has more than Lewis information than I’ll spotlight here, that just points to the importance of exploring the rest of her site.

Several years ago Glyer contributed to a book where she provided a bibliography of every book-length study of C.S. Lewis. Listed as a main heading on her site as C.S. Lewis Bibliography, this area (as she notes on the page) has a goal of providing “a brief description of the content and also a sense of the quality and importance of this book.

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Daily Lewis – Fact / Quote / Quiz: September 22nd

FACT OF THE DAY:

On this day in 1944 “The Death of Words” was published in The Spectator. It was republished in On Stories.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The most important sense of a word is not always the most useful. What is the good of deepening a word’s connotation if you deprive the word of all practicable denotation?”

The Death of Words
(Published 9/22/1944 in The Spectator)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

What book from the Narnia series was published in March of 1956?
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(Click “Read More” to SEE Answer)

Daily Lewis – Fact / Quote / Quiz: September 21st

FACT OF THE DAY:

“The Sermon and the Lunch” was first published on this date in 1945 in Church of England Newspaper. It’s now in God in the Dock.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The greed to be loved is a fearful thing. Some of those who say (and almost with pride) that they live only for love come, at last, to live in incessant resentment.”

The Sermon and the Lunch
(Published 9/21/1945 in Church of England Newspaper)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

Complete the quote and name the source (3 words):
“Of all bad men ______ _____ _____ are the worst. Of all created beings the wickedest is one who originally stood in the immediate presence of God.”
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Daily Lewis – Fact / Quote / Quiz: September 20th

FACT OF THE DAY:

Christian Behaviour, the third BBC series for Lewis began on this day (9/20) in 1942. The first talk was “The Three Parts of Morality.”

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Think of humanity as a band playing a tune. To get a good result, you need two things . Each player’s individual instrument must be in tune and also each must come in at the right moment so as to combine with all the others.”

The Three Parts of Morality
(Broadcast on BBC on 9/20/1942; Chapter one from Book Three, Christian Behaviour in Mere Christianity)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

Lewis wrote many books about the Christian faith, but what title published this month was unique?
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Daily Lewis – Fact / Quote / Quiz: September 19th

FACT OF THE DAY:

Surprised By Joy: The Shape of My Early Life by Lewis was published today in 1955.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Joy is not a substitute for sex; sex is very often a substitute for Joy. I sometimes wonder whether all pleasures are not substitutes for Joy.”

Surprised By Joy
(Published 9/19/1955)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

What is the name of the creatures that are like angels in Lewis’ science fiction trilogy?
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Daily Lewis – Fact / Quote / Quiz: September 18th

FACT OF THE DAY:

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe began being dramatized on the BBC in six weekly installments on this date in 1959.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The value given to the testimony of any feeling must depend on our philosophy [belief system], not our whole philosophy on a feeling.”

Religion: Reality or Substitute?
(Published in September-October, 1941 issue of World Dominion)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

Three Narnia books came out this month…which came out the latest in the month, regardless of the year?
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Daily Lewis – Fact / Quote / Quiz: September 17th

FACT OF THE DAY:

“The Landing” is a poem published in Punch on Sept. 15, 1948; a revised version is in Poems.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The limit of giving is to be the limit of our ability to give.”

English Literature in the Sixteenth Century
(Published 9/16/1954)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

Name the source of this quote:
“Die before you die. There is no chance after.”
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Daily Lewis – Fact / Quote / Quiz: September 16th

FACT OF THE DAY:

English Literature in the Sixteenth Century, Excluding Drama by Lewis was published today (9/16) in 1954. (It was nearly 30 years in the making).

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The rule of decorum exists to avoid clashes or shocks to organized sensibility: but it was an early discovery that an occasional defiance of the rule, resulting in a shock, can give pleasure; a pleasure rich in tragic or comic possibilities. Indeed one of the purposes for which the rule exists is that it may sometimes be broken.”

English Literature in the Sixteenth Century
(Published 9/16/1954)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

Before Narnia and Mere Christianity Lewis landed on the cover of what magazine?
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C.S. Lewis vs the New Atheists #2 – Old-Time Atheism

My last new show was the debut program in a series on C.S. Lewis vs the New Atheists. In addition to having the author of the book with me (Peter S. Williams), I also have a co-host for this new series. Peter Byrom joins me (William O’Flaherty) again and this time we chat about the first chapter in greater detail. If you haven’t listened to last week’s show then follow the link below to hear an overview of the entire book. This second of eight episodes covers “Old Time Atheism.”

Daily Lewis – Fact / Quote / Quiz: September 15th

FACT OF THE DAY:

The Voyage of the ‘Dawn Treader’ was first published today (9/15) in 1952. It was the third released Narnia story.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“But I will not tell you how long or short the way will be; only that it lies across a river. But do not fear that, for I am the great Bridge Builder.”

The Voyage of the ‘Dawn Treader’
(Published 9/15/52)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

Which Narnia book was dramatized over the radio BEFORE Lewis died?
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