Daily Lewis

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014

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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Special Feature

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014

Highlights for August 12-21 include: A final series of radio talks, the concluding book of a series, two more talks from his initial broadcast series and a never before published essay by Lewis that became available in 1990.

The first scholarly book by Lewis was The Allegory of Love: A Study in Medieval Tradition. The theme of love in a broader sense is (obviously) of great importance to him and can be found in a large variety of his writings. So it is of no surprise that when Lewis finally agreed to return to the microphone for another series of radio talks this was the theme. These talks were recorded in London on the 19th and 20th in 1958, but they were not done for the BBC (as his previous radio work was). It was the Episcopal Radio-TV Foundation from the United States who had made the request. Eventually the material from these talks were extended to become The Four Loves.

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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 7, 2014

There are nearly an endless variety of free videos on just about any subject online. It’s just a matter of knowing where to look for them. One of the reasons I enjoy sharing about other places online to find material on C.S. Lewis is that you might not know where they are. Which is why I’m highlighting these videos from the C.S. Lewis Institute.

The C.S. Lewis Institute has more than the four video series I’m spotlighting, so be sure to check their other offerings. The ones I’m focusing on are about three that deal with Lewis’s books and one on a book about Lewis.

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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 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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(Click “Read More” to SEE Answer)

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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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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Daily Lewis – Fact / Quote / Quiz: August 16th

FACT OF THE DAY:

That Hideous Strength, a book from Lewis’s Sci-Fi trilogy, was published today (8/16) in 1945.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“There are a dozen views about everything until you know the answer. Then there’s never more than one. ”

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

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

A new edition of what non-fiction book was published this month?
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(Click “Read More” to SEE Answer)

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

FACT OF THE DAY:

A previously unpublished essay by Lewis was the lead title piece in Christian Reunion published today (8/15) in 1990.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Surely you know that if a man can’t be cured of churchgoing, the next best thing is to send him all over the neighbourhood looking for the church that ‘suits’ him until he becomes a taster or connoisseur of churches.”

The Screwtape Letters XVI
(Published in The Guardian on 8/15/1941)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

Which of Lewis’ books mentions the place “House of Corrections for Incompetent Tempters?”
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(Click “Read More” to SEE Answer)

Daily Lewis – Fact / Quote / Quiz: August 14th

FACT OF THE DAY:

Voyage to Venus by Lewis was published today (8/14) in 1953. It is the same book as Perelandra from 1943.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“We must use the talent we have, not the talents we haven’t.”

Letter to Cynthia Donnelly 8/14/1954
(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: “…No dog I ever knew, least of all a talking dog of Narnia, likes to be called a ‘good little doggie’ then.”

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Daily Lewis – Fact / Quote / Quiz: August 13th

FACT OF THE DAY:

The second ever radio talk by Lewis was given today (8/13) in 1941. At the time it was called “Scientific Law and Moral Law” but is “THE REALITY OF THE LAW” in Mere Christianity.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The laws of nature, as applied to stones or trees, may only mean ‘what Nature, in fact, does’. But if you turn to the Law of Human Nature, the Law of Decent Behaviour, it is a different matter. That law certainly does not mean ‘what human beings, in fact, do’; for as I said before, many of them do not obey this law at all, and none of them obey it completely. ”

2nd BBC Broadcast
(Given on 8/13/1941; Known as The Reality of the Law)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

Complete the quote and name the source (3 words):
“If nothing is self-evident, nothing _____ _____ _____ .”
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(Click “Read More” to SEE Answer)

Daily Lewis – Fact / Quote / Quiz: August 12th

FACT OF THE DAY:

A second edition of The Abolition of Man was published by Geoffrey Bles on this day (8/12) in 1946.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“An open mind, in questions that are not ultimate, is useful. But an open mind about ultimate foundations either of Theoretical or Practical Reason is idiocy. If a man’s mind is open on these things, let his mouth at least be shut.”

The Abolition of Man
(2nd Edition Published 8/12/1946)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

What famous ship was built in Belfast where Lewis grew up?
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(Click “Read More” to SEE Answer)

RETROSPECT: August 12th – 21st

Highlights for August 12-21 include: A final series of radio talks, the concluding book of a series, two more talks from his initial broadcast series and a never before published essay by Lewis that became available in 1990.

The first scholarly book by Lewis was The Allegory of Love: A Study in Medieval Tradition. The theme of love in a broader sense is (obviously) of great importance to him and can be found in a large variety of his writings. So it is of no surprise that when Lewis finally agreed to return to the microphone for another series of radio talks this was the theme. These talks were recorded in London on the 19th and 20th in 1958, but they were not done for the BBC (as his previous radio work was). It was the Episcopal Radio-TV Foundation from the United States who had made the request. Eventually the material from these talks were extended to become The Four Loves.

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