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Posted by on Apr 24, 2014

FACT OF THE DAY:

Perelandra which was released in the UK in April, 1943; was first available in the US a year later or 4/11/44.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Ambition! We must be careful what we mean by it. It if means the desire to get ahead of other people—which is what I think it does mean—then it is bad. If it means simply wanting to do a thing well, then it is good.”

Answers to Questions on Christianity
(Talk given on April 18th or 19th in 1944 at the Electric and Musical Industries Christian Fellowship)
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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

What are the first words Aslan says to Jill in The Silver Chair?
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Special Feature

Posted by on Apr 20, 2014

Highlights for the final third of April (20th – 30th) include: Publication of Perelandra, a talk “On Three Ways of Writing for Children” and Lewis’s first marriage to Joy Davidman.

Before Lewis gain fame from a series of books about a place called Narnia, he had written a trilogy that had a science fiction theme. The second of those books, Perelandra, came out on the 20th in 1943. In it we take a trip to Venus with the main character, Ransom and follow his quest to save that world from impending corruption. In the U.S. it wasn’t released until a year later on the 11th. In 1953 a paperback version came out under the title Voyage to Venus. On some occasions in his life Lewis considered this novel to be his best (this was also said of Till We Have Faces). Perelandra was dedicated “To Some Ladies at Wantage,” as in Wantage,

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All About Jack

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014

The following is a repeat of my single interview I did with Dr. Michael Ward two years about The Narnia Code. This chat also gives a good general introduction to Planet Narnia and the DVD also called The Narnia Code. He will be one of the special guest at the 2014 Taylor Colloquium.
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(Click “Read More” to Listen to this Interview)

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Resource Spotlight

Posted by on Apr 17, 2014

I’m sure I could do a series of articles here about the C.S. Lewis Foundation website and not do justice in telling you about all the resources you can find that they have online. Beside their internet presence, they are known for hosting an event every other year called Oxbridge and they own and operate The Kilns, the home Lewis lived in for nearly half his life. While some of the navigational subsections are duplicated under the main sections, as noted, they still have a good deal of material online.

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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.

Fact / Quote / Quiz: April 24th

FACT OF THE DAY:

Perelandra which was released in the UK in April, 1943; was first available in the US a year later or 4/11/44.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Ambition! We must be careful what we mean by it. It if means the desire to get ahead of other people—which is what I think it does mean—then it is bad. If it means simply wanting to do a thing well, then it is good.”

Answers to Questions on Christianity
(Talk given on April 18th or 19th in 1944 at the Electric and Musical Industries Christian Fellowship)
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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

What are the first words Aslan says to Jill in The Silver Chair?
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(Click “Read More” to SEE Answer)

Fact / Quote / Quiz: April 23rd

FACT OF THE DAY:

Happy anniversary to Lewis & Joy Davidman (1st time married on April 23, 1956).

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“All the beauty of nature withers when we try to make it absolute. Put first things first and we get second things thrown in: put second things first & we lose both first and second things.”

Letter to Dom Bede Griffiths OSB on 4/23/1951
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume III)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

Complete the quote and name the source (3 words):
“A man who _____ _____ _____ can accept no forgiveness.”
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Fact / Quote / Quiz: April 22nd

FACT OF THE DAY:

“Hamlet: The Prince or the Poem?” is the Annual Shakespeare Lecture Lewis gave on April 22, 1942 for the British Academy in London

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.”

Hamlet: The Prince or the Poem?
(Lecture given on April 22, 1942 for the British Academy in London)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

What was unusual about a wound Lewis got this month (in what year)?
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The Narnia Code (Single Interview w/ Dr. Ward)

The following is a repeat of my single interview I did with Dr. Michael Ward two years about The Narnia Code. This chat also gives a good general introduction to Planet Narnia and the DVD also called The Narnia Code. He will be one of the special guest at the 2014 Taylor Colloquium.
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(Click “Read More” to Listen to this Interview)

Fact / Quote / Quiz: April 21st

FACT OF THE DAY:

“Interim Report” published in The Cambridge Review on this date (4/21) in 1956 presented Lewis’s comparison of Oxford and Cambridge.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“No creature that deserved Redemption would need to be redeemed. They that are whole need not the physician. Christ died for men precisely because men are not worth dying for; to make them worth it.”

Religion and Rocketry
(Published as “Will We Lose God in Outer Space” in the April, 1958 issue of Christian Herald)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

Who is asleep in The Silver Chair but wakes up in The Last Battle?
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Fact / Quote / Quiz: April 20th

FACT OF THE DAY:

Today (4/20) is the 71st anniversary of the publication of Perelandra; it tells of adventures in Venus.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Every joy is beyond all others. The fruit we are eating is always the best fruit of all.”

Perelandra
(Published 4/20/1943)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

Complete the quote and name the source (2 words):
” _____ _____ responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our natural lives.”
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Fact / Quote / Quiz: April 19th

FACT OF THE DAY:

Christian Behaviour was first published on this day (4/19) in 1943. It is better known for being Book 3 of Mere Christianity.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Hope is…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)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

What article by Lewis was published this month had the title “Outer Space” in it that was later re-titled?
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Lewis on the Incarnation and Resurrection

C.S. Lewis made comments on the Incarnation and Resurrection in several writings over the years. Previous on my C.S. Lewis Minute blog I shared this post and felt there were those who probably hadn’t seen it there, and so it would be useful to add it here.

From “Christianity and Literature” (found in Christian Reflections):

To believe in the Incarnation at all is to believe that every mode of human excellence is implicit in His [Jesus’] historical human character. . . . But if all had been developed, the limitations of a single human life would have been transcended and he would not have been a man; therefore all excellences save the spiritual remained in varying degrees implicit.

Fact / Quote / Quiz: April 18th

FACT OF THE DAY:

Letters of C.S. Lewis, edited, with a Memoir by Warren Lewis was first published today (4/18) in 1966. Originally it began as a biography.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“It is a curious fact that the advice we can give to others we cannot give to ourselves and truth is more effective through any life rather than our own.”

Letter to Sister Penelope
(First available in Letters of C.S. Lewis published 4/18/1966)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

To whom did Lewis dedicate Till We Have Faces?
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C.S. Lewis Foundation Site

I’m sure I could do a series of articles here about the C.S. Lewis Foundation website and not do justice in telling you about all the resources you can find that they have online. Beside their internet presence, they are known for hosting an event every other year called Oxbridge and they own and operate The Kilns, the home Lewis lived in for nearly half his life. While some of the navigational subsections are duplicated under the main sections, as noted, they still have a good deal of material online.

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