Daily Lewis

Posted by on Aug 23, 2014

FACT OF THE DAY:

While today (8/23) was Lewis’s father birthday it is also the date (in 1908) that his mother (Flora) died.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Everyone begins as a child by liking Weather. You learn the art of disliking it as you grow up.”

That Hideous Strength
(Published in 8/16/1945)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

Two articles came out in Time and Tide this month in the 1940′s. Can you name either?
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Special Feature

Posted by on Aug 22, 2014

Highlights for August 22nd – 31st include: An unfortunate childhood loss, letters from Screwtape on gluttony and love, and the radio broadcast of the last chapter of what’s now book one of Mere Christianity.

As mentioned during a previous column last month, Lewis lost his wife to cancer. The second most significant loss for him was during his childhood, when his mother, Florence Augusta Hamilton Lewis, died on the 23rd in 1908. This was also due to cancer. Although Lewis had prayed for his mother to live, he reports not actually being a Christian at the time

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All About Jack

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014

The following is not an interview, but a talk that I recent gave in TN at the C.S. Lewis Society of Chattanooga. The topic is about when Lewis spoke at church. He gave his first sermon 75 years ago…the debut was in 1939. I provide an overview of what we know about the times he preached and greater details about his first, last and best messages.

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Resource Spotlight

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014

I’ve decided to do a recap this time and present the top three resources so far (excluding the most recent post), based on the number of page views here. So, while I want you check out all the sites I’ve spotlighted, you don’t want to miss these that have been the most popular. They are C. S. Lewis Symposium, A Pilgrim in Narnia and Joel Heck’s Lewis Site.
Learn more about them and following the links each feature.

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Quote of the Day

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Fact of the Day

Fact of the Day

Here is where you can browse though previous Facts of the Day to learn interesting and (sometimes) unusual details about C.S. Lewis.

Daily Lewis – Fact / Quote / Quiz: August 23rd

FACT OF THE DAY:

While today (8/23) was Lewis’s father birthday it is also the date (in 1908) that his mother (Flora) died.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Everyone begins as a child by liking Weather. You learn the art of disliking it as you grow up.”

That Hideous Strength
(Published in 8/16/1945)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

Two articles came out in Time and Tide this month in the 1940′s. Can you name either?
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(Click “Read More” to SEE Answer)

RETROSPECT: August 22nd – 31st

Highlights for August 22nd – 31st include: An unfortunate childhood loss, letters from Screwtape on gluttony and love, and the radio broadcast of the last chapter of what’s now book one of Mere Christianity.

As mentioned during a previous column last month, Lewis lost his wife to cancer. The second most significant loss for him was during his childhood, when his mother, Florence Augusta Hamilton Lewis, died on the 23rd in 1908. This was also due to cancer. Although Lewis had prayed for his mother to live, he reports not actually being a Christian at the time

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

FACT OF THE DAY:

The 17th letter from Screwtape was published in The Guardian today (8/22) in 1941. It dealt with gluttony in a unique way.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“One of the great, achievements of the last hundred years has been to deaden the human conscience on [gluttony], so that by now you will hardly find a sermon preached or a conscience troubled about it.”

The Screwtape Letters XVII
(Published in The Guardian on 8/22/1941)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

What fictional book was published this month under another name than when published ten years before?
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(Click “Read More” to SEE Answer)

Top 3 Resource Spotlights So Far

I’ve decided to do a recap this time and present the top three resources so far (excluding the most recent post), based on the number of page views here. So, while I want you check out all the sites I’ve spotlighted, you don’t want to miss these that have been the most popular. They are C. S. Lewis Symposium, A Pilgrim in Narnia and Joel Heck’s Lewis Site.
Learn more about them and following the links each feature.

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

FACT OF THE DAY:

“The Day with a White Mark,” a poem by Lewis was published in the August 17, 1949 issue of Punch.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Those who are enjoying something, or suffering something together, are companions. Those who enjoy or suffer one another, are not.”

That Hideous Strength
(Published 8/16/1945)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

Which Narnia book is the following passage from and who said it: “No more Aslan, no more Kings, no more silly stories about other worlds. The Dwarfs are for the Dwarfs.”

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(Click “Read More” to SEE Answer)

Daily Lewis – Fact / Quote / Quiz: August 20th

FACT OF THE DAY:

The third radio talk from Lewis’s first broadcast series was given today (8/20) in 1941; it was called “Materialism or Religion”

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“If there was a controlling power outside the universe, it could not show itself to us as one of the facts inside the universe-no more than the architect of a house could actually be a wall or staircase or fireplace in that house.”

3rd BBC Broadcast
(Given on 8/20/1941; Then known as Materialism or Religion)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

Complete the quote and name the source (3 words):
“The surest way of spoiling a pleasure [is] to start _____ _____ _____ .”
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Daily Lewis – Fact / Quote / Quiz: August 19th

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis began recording today (19th) in 1958 the first half of a 10-part radio series about four types of love.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“To nearly all ancient men, and to many medieval men, friendship seemed the most valuable and the most completely human of all natural loves. It was for them the crown of life and the school of virtues.”

The Four Loves
(First Recorded for Radio on 8/19 & 8/20/1958)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

Who wrote the first book about Lewis’ writings after his death and what is the title?
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Preacher Lewis – 75 Years Later (William O’Flaherty)

The following is not an interview, but a talk that I recent gave in TN at the C.S. Lewis Society of Chattanooga. The topic is about when Lewis spoke at church. He gave his first sermon 75 years ago…the debut was in 1939. I provide an overview of what we know about the times he preached and greater details about his first, last and best messages.

Daily Lewis – Fact / Quote / Quiz: August 18th

FACT OF THE DAY:

“Solomon,” a poem by Lewis was published in the August 14, 1946 issue of Punch.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“I think God wants us to love Him more, not to love creatures (even animals) less.”

Letter to Mary Willis Shelburne on 8/18/1956
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume III)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

Which Narnia book is the following passage from and who said it:
“No more Aslan, no more Kings, no more silly stories about other worlds. The Dwarfs are for the Dwarfs.”
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(Click “Read More” to SEE Answer)

Daily Lewis – Fact / Quote / Quiz: August 17th

FACT OF THE DAY:

The essay now known as “The Necessity of Chivalry” was first published today (8/17) in 1940 in Time and Tide.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“There is still life in the tradition which the Middle Ages inaugurated. But the maintenance of that life depends, in part, on knowing that the knightly character is art not nature—something that needs to be achieved, not something that can be relied upon to happen. ”

The Necessity of Chivalry
(Published in Time and Tide on 8/17/1940)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

Complete the quote and name the source (6 words):
“Christ died for men precisely because _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____; to make them worth it.”
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(Click “Read More” to SEE Answer)

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