C.S. Lewis was no stranger to debate, but did you know he encountered it at times when his essays were published?
In 1940 Lewis wrote an article entitled “Christianity and Culture” that was published in the March issue of the journal Theology. Two months later S.L. Bethell and E.F. Carritt responded to what he said.
Then in June Lewis replied back, which lead to George Every joining in the discussion three month later. It all ended when Lewis closed out the year with his final reply in December. While the issue of the relationship between culture and Christianity can be complex, you can find the opinion Lewis held at the time in the essay collection Christian Reflections which was first published in 1967.
What is your favorite essay or essays by Lewis? Tell me by sharing your thoughts and leaving other comments or questions below.
Everyone likes gifts at Christmas, but the Pevensie children didn’t know how useful certain presents would be.
From my All About Jack: A C.S. Lewis Podcast site - Many are reflecting on the 50th anniversary of C.S. Lewis’s death, but today (11/29) is the 115th anniversary of his birth. The follow interview features three people I’ve had as a guest previously sharing their thoughts on several questions I asked them related to aspects of Lewis’s works they’ve enjoyed and how his material has impacted their life. These guests are Peter Williams, Dr. Charlie Starr and Colin Duriez.
- Listen to C.S. Lewis vs the New Atheists (Peter S. Williams)
- Listen to Life of C.S. Lewis (Charlie Starr)
- Listen to Essay Chat – “Horrid Red Things” (with Dr. Charlie Starr)
- Listen to Light: C.S. Lewis’s First and Final Short Story (Dr. Charlie Starr)
- Listen to The A – Z of C.S. Lewis (Colin Duriez)
- Listen to C.S. Lewis: A Biography of Friendship (Colin Duriez)
- Visit EssentialCSLewis.com
C.S. Lewis was buried 50 years ago today (11/26/1963). As you are likely aware he was just memorialized this past Friday in Poets’ Corner. The follow are some pieces related to that event and then also a few additional general articles about C.S. Lewis that were posted since my earlier post or ones I wasn’t aware of at the time. Feel free, as before, to post any additional links of other reports not mentioned here.
C.S. Lewis died on November 22, 1963. In honor of his life I’ve collect a small handful of quotes by him. These are not necessarily my favorites, but a few selections from quotes I’ve shared over the last year. The first however is an exception. It is a longer quote about death from his book Miracles. Also I’ve included a quote below from his brother, Warnie that is available in the memoir section of Letters of C.S. Lewis.
“Friday, the 22nd of November 1963, began much as other days: there was breakfast, then letters and the crossword puzzle. After lunch he fell asleep in his chair: I suggested that he would be more comfortable in bed, and he went there. At four I took in his tea and found him drowsy but comfortable. Our few words then were the last: at five-thirty I heard a crash and ran in, to find him lying unconscious at the foot of his bed. He ceased to breathe some three or four minutes later.”
From: Letters of C.S. Lewis - Edited, with a Memoir by W.H. Lewis (1966)
“On the one hand Death is the triumph of Satan, the punishment of the Fall, and the last enemy. Christ shed tears at the grave of Lazarus and sweated blood in Gethsemane: the Life of Lives that was in Him detested this penal obscenity not less than we do, but more. On the other hand, only he who loses his life will save it. We are baptized into the death of Christ, and it is the remedy for the Fall. Death is, in fact, what some modern people call “ambivalent.” It is Satan’s great weapon and also God’s great weapon: it is holy and unholy; our supreme disgrace and our only hope; the thing Christ came to conquer and the means by which He conquered.”
Miracles, chap. 14
“No good work is done anywhere without aid from the Father of Lights.”
(from Reflections on the Psalms)
“The whole point of seeing through something is to see something through it.”
The Abolition of Man
“If you do not take the distinction between good and bad very seriously, then it is easy to say that anything you find in this world is a part of God.”
(The Rival Conceptions of God; BBC talk 1/11/1942)
“Of all the passions, the passion for the Inner Ring is most skillful in making a man who is not yet a very bad mando very bad things.” (
from the essay The Inner Ring
“Simply to say prayers is not to pray; otherwise a team of properly trained parrots would serve as well..”
The Efficacy of Prayer
“You and I have need of the strongest spell that can be found to wake us from the evil enchantment of worldliness.”
The Weight of Glory
“The human mind has no more power of inventing a new value than of planting a new sun in the sky or a new primary colour in the spectrum.”
The Poison of Subjectivism in Christian Reflections
“Those that hate goodness are sometimes nearer than those that know nothing at all about it and think they have it already.”
Great Divorce 13th Installment 2/2/13
‘Those who read poetry to improve their minds will never improve their minds by reading poetry.”
from Lilies That Fester (World’s Last Night)
“There is no uncreated being except God. God has no opposite…Satan, the leader or dictator of devils, is the opposite, not of God, but of Michael.”
SL & Screwtape Toast BOOK 1961
“The Bible itself gives us one short prayer which is suitable for all who are struggling with the beliefs and doctrines. It is: ‘LORD I believe, help Thou my unbelief.’”
a letter to Genia Goelz, March 18, 1952
“Friendship is unnecessary…it has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.”
(The Four Loves)
“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.”
from a letter to Don Giovanni Calabria, April 17, 1949
“The Christian must wage endless war against the clamour of the ego as ego: but he loves and approves selves as such, though not their sins.”
Two Ways with the Self
“The function of allegory is not to hide but to reveal, and it is properly used only for that which cannot be said, or so well said, in literal speech.”
The Allegory of Love
From my All About Jack: A C.S. Lewis Podcast site - Many are reflecting on the fact that November 22, 2013 is the 50th anniversary of C.S. Lewis’s death. The follow interview features three people I’ve had as a guest previously sharing their thoughts on several questions I asked them related to aspects of Lewis’s works they’ve enjoyed and how his material has impacted their life. These guests are Dr. Joseph Pearce, Dr. Joel Heck and Kevin Belmonte.
- Listen to Bilbo’s Journey (Interview with Dr. Joseph Pearce)
- Listen to C.S. Lewis Calendar and Socratic Digest (with Dr. Joel Heck)
- Listen to Irrigating Deserts (Interview with Dr. Joel Heck)
- Listen to ”Period Criticism” with Kevin Belmonte (Essay Chat)
- The Vision of John Bunyan (pt. 1) with Kevin Belmonte (Essay Chat)
- The Vision of John Bunyan (pt. 2) with Kevin Belmonte (Essay Chat)
- Visit EssentialCSLewis.com