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Posted by on Sep 1, 2014

FACT OF THE DAY:

“God in the Dock” was published as “Difficulties in Presenting the Christian Faith to Modern Unbelievers” in September ’48 in Lumen Vitae.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The ancient man approached God (or even the gods) as the accused person approaches his judge. For the modern man the roles are reversed. He is the judge: God is in the dock.”

Difficulties in Presenting the Christian Faith to Modern Unbelievers
(Published in September 1948 issue of Lumen Vitae)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

What two Narnia books were released this month a year apart almost to the day?
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Special Feature

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014

Robert Trexler, publisher, writer, and scholar of George MacDonald and C.S. Lewis, will be speaking on “C.S. Lewis – Mere Christian: Mere Christianity on Saturday, September 13th. It will take place at Campbell Hall at Christ Episcopal Church in Sausalito, CA. The church is sponsoring the event, with the C.S. Lewis Society of California and New York C.S. Lewis Society co-sponsoring.

This special event kicks off at 2 o’clock with a wine & cheese reception.

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All About Jack

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014

The focus of this podcast is a talk that Dr. Donald Williams gave recently that was a paper presented at Taylor University earlier this year as part of the 9th Frances White Ewbank Colloquium on C.S. Lewis & Friends. Dr. Williams explores the challenges faced when consider Lewis as a theologian. The material is the ground work for a book he is working and in it he share why such an examination is needed.

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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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Quiz 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: September 1st

FACT OF THE DAY:

“God in the Dock” was published as “Difficulties in Presenting the Christian Faith to Modern Unbelievers” in September ’48 in Lumen Vitae.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The ancient man approached God (or even the gods) as the accused person approaches his judge. For the modern man the roles are reversed. He is the judge: God is in the dock.”

Difficulties in Presenting the Christian Faith to Modern Unbelievers
(Published in September 1948 issue of Lumen Vitae)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

What two Narnia books were released this month a year apart almost to the day?
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(Click “Read More” to SEE Answer)

Daily Lewis – Fact / Quote / Quiz: August 31st

FACT OF THE DAY:

The Poem “Vowels and Sirens” came out in The Times Literary Supplement Special Autumn Issue in late August, 1952.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

[After explaining some weaknesses in a child’s stories:] “I hope you don’t mind me telling you all this? One can learn only by seeing one’s mistakes.

Letter to Joan Lancaster on 8/31/1958
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume III)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

Name the source of this quote:
“If God thinks this state of war in the universe a price worth paying for free will…then we may take it it is worth paying.”
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Daily Lewis – Fact / Quote / Quiz: August 30th

FACT OF THE DAY:

The 18th Screwtape letter first came out on August 29, 1941 in The Guardian before being published in The Screwtape Letters.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The whole philosophy of Hell rests on recognition of the axiom that one thing is not another thing, and, specially, that one self is not another self. My good is my good and your good is yours. What one gains another loses.”

The Screwtape Letters XVIII
(Published in The Guardian on 8/29/1941)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

Prior to Letters to Malcolm being published three of the chapters were published under what title and why?
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Daily Lewis – Fact / Quote / Quiz: August 29th

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis’s parents, Albert and Florence (Flora) were married at St. Mark’s Church on this day (8/29) in 1894.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Do you place yourself in the obedience,’ said the Director, ‘in obedience to Maleldil?’
‘Sir,’ said Jane, ‘I know nothing of Maleldil. But I place myself in obedience to you.’
‘It is enough for the present,’ said the Director.
‘This is the courtesy of Deep Heaven: that when you mean well, He always takes you to have meant better than you knew.’

That Hideous Strength
(Published 8/16/1945)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

What final book from a fictional series was published this month?
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C.S. Lewis — Mere Christian: Mere Christianity (Event)

Robert Trexler, publisher, writer, and scholar of George MacDonald and C.S. Lewis, will be speaking on “C.S. Lewis – Mere Christian: Mere Christianity on Saturday, September 13th. It will take place at Campbell Hall at Christ Episcopal Church in Sausalito, CA. The church is sponsoring the event, with the C.S. Lewis Society of California and New York C.S. Lewis Society co-sponsoring.

This special event kicks off at 2 o’clock with a wine & cheese reception.

Daily Lewis – Fact / Quote / Quiz: August 28th

FACT OF THE DAY:

“Equality” is a shorter work by Lewis published August 27, 1943 in The Spectator.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Friends are not primarily absorbed in each other. It is when we are doing things together that friendship springs up – painting, sailing ships, praying, philosophizing, fighting shoulder to shoulder. Friends look in the same direction. Lovers look at each other: that is, in opposite directions.”

Equality
(Published in The Spectator on 8/27/1943)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

How many Narnia books were published for the first time during the month of September?
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Daily Lewis – Fact / Quote / Quiz: August 27th

FACT OF THE DAY:

The fourth radio talk from Lewis’s first broadcast series was given today (8/27) in 1941; it was called “What Can We Do About It.”

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Progress means getting nearer to the place where you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turning, then to go forward does not get you any nearer.”

3rd BBC Broadcast
(Given on 8/27/1941; Then known as What Can We Do About It)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

Name the source of this quote:
“Very likely, what with enemies, and mountains, and rivers to cross, and losing our way, and next to nothing to eat, and sore feet, we’ll hardly notice the weather.”
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New Associate Editors for Sehnsucht

The Arizona C. S. Lewis Society is pleased to welcome on board Bruce Edwards, Diana Glyer, and Arend Smilde as the new Associate Editors of Sehnsucht: The C. S. Lewis Journal. Together, they represent a significant body of scholarly achievement in the field of Lewis-related studies. They will join returning Associate Editor Jim Helfers (Grand Canyon University) in the role of assessing proposed articles for the peer-reviewed publication. Outgoing General Editor Grayson Carter (Fuller Seminary Southwest) has graciously agreed to become part of the advisory Editorial Board, filling the opening left by the untimely passing of Chris Mitchell. Former Associate Editor Bruce R. Johnson has assumed the role of General Editor.

Daily Lewis – Fact / Quote / Quiz: August 26th

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis’s father, Albert, was notorious for not liking his routine changed; this quality negatively affected his relationship with his sons.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“In fighting those who serve devils one always has this on one’s side; their Masters hate them as much as they hate us.”

That Hideous Strength
(Published 8/16/1945)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

What happen in this month in 1908 that had a major impact on Lewis’s life?
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Daily Lewis – Fact / Quote / Quiz: August 25th

FACT OF THE DAY:

“The Trouble with ‘X’” is an essay by Lewis first published in the August, 1948 issue of Bristol Diocesan Gazette.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“I find that I do not exist on my own, that I am under a law; that somebody or something wants me to behave in a certain way.”

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

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

How many Earth years do the Chronicle of Narnia stories cover?
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