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Posted by on Apr 18, 2014

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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Visit Website for the Answer

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Special Feature

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014

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.

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All About Jack

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014

“Myth Became Fact” was the seven essay chat I produced back in 2012. Although not directly related to Easter, it does touch on some aspects of it. I had the pleasure of catching up with Dr. Michael Ward, author of The Narnia Code and other books for this discussion. Note that we had some recording problems and the audio quality unfortunately didn’t come out as well as hoped. The essay is best found in God in the Dock.
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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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Quote of the Day

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The most recent quotes that I’ve shared on the main page are listed here. Of course, please consider reading the original works by Lewis in context.

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.

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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Visit Website for the Answer

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.

Fact / Quote / Quiz: April 17th

FACT OF THE DAY:

Will We Lose God in Outer Space? was published in the April 1958 issue of Christian Herald; it’s now known as “Religion and Rocketry”

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The voice of God indeed daily calls to us; calls to the world to abandon sins and seek the Kingdom of God wholeheartedly. O that we may all hear the call of the Father and, sometime, at last be converted to the Lord. ”
Letter to Don Giovanni Calabria on 4/17/1949
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume II)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

Which Narnia book has the most chapters in it?
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Fact / Quote / Quiz: April 16th

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis preached “The Grand Miracle” in April (on the 15th) in 1945 at St. Jude on the Hill Church in London. Now found in God in the Dock.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The question ‘Who is in the right’ (in a given quarrel) is quite distinct from the question ‘Who is righteous?’— for the worse of two disputants may always be in the right on one particular issue.”

Letter to Dom Bede Griffiths OSB on 4/16/1940
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume II)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

Complete the quote and name the source (4 words):
“The great thing is to be found at one’s post as a child of God, living each day as though _____ _____ _____ _____ , but planning as though our world might last a hundred years.”
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Fact / Quote / Quiz: April 15th

FACT OF THE DAY:

While serving in WWI Lewis was wounded by a British shell on this day (4/15) in 1918 during the Battle of Arras.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The Christian story is precisely the story of one grand miracle, the Christian assertion being that what is beyond all space and time, what is uncreated, eternal, came into nature, into human nature, descended into His own universe, and rose again, bringing nature up with Him.”

The Grand Miracle
(Sermon Preached on 4/15/1945 at St. Jude on the Hill Church)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

Two individuals close to Lewis died this month (one after his own death on this day); who are they?”
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Lewis & Women – Get the COMPLETE SERIES!

If you’ve been enjoying the Lewis & Women podcast miniseries and can’t wait for the last two shows then you will want to know this:

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Fact / Quote / Quiz: April 14th

FACT OF THE DAY:

“A Note on Comus” and “Genius and Genius” was published in The Review of English Studies in April in 1932 and 1936 respectively.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“But let us thank God that we are still very far from travel to other worlds. I have wondered before now whether the vast astronomical distances may not be God’s quarantine precautions. They prevent the spiritual infection of a fallen species from spreading.”

Religion and Rocketry (initially titled Will We Lose God in Outer Space)
(Published in Christian Herald in April 1958 issue)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

From which Narnia book is the following passage and who said it: “Suppose we have only dreamed, or made up, all those things…in that case, the made-up things seem a good deal more important than the real ones.”
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07r Essay Chat – Myth Became Fact (with Dr. Michael Ward)

“Myth Became Fact” was the seven essay chat I produced back in 2012. Although not directly related to Easter, it does touch on some aspects of it. I had the pleasure of catching up with Dr. Michael Ward, author of The Narnia Code and other books for this discussion. Note that we had some recording problems and the audio quality unfortunately didn’t come out as well as hoped. The essay is best found in God in the Dock.
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(Click “Read More” to Listen to this Interview)

Fact / Quote / Quiz: April 13th

FACT OF THE DAY:

23rd & final installment of what eventually became part of The Great Divorce was published today (4/13) in The Guardian in 1945.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Only the Greatest of all can make Himself small enough to enter Hell. For the higher a thing is, the lower it can descend.”

Who Goes Home? or The Grand Divorce XXIII
(Published in The Guardian on 4/5/1945)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

Complete the quote and name the source (5 words):
“We must attack the enemy’s line of communication. What we want is not more little books about Christianity, but more little books _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ .”
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(Click “Read More” to SEE Answer)

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