Category Archives: C. S. Lewis, Inklings

C. S. Lewis on how to remain an atheist

‘A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. ~ C. S. Lewis

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C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien show how to begin a fantasy novel

‘There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.’ ~ The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis ‘In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.  Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with … Continue reading

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C. S. Lewis responds to Bart Ehrman on the problem of evil and suffering

‘My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust.  But how had I got this idea of just and unjust?  A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: C. S. Lewis on encountering God

‘You have had a shock like that before, in connection with smaller matters – when the line pulls at your hand, when something breathes beside you in the darkness.  So here; the shock comes at the precise moment when the thrill … Continue reading

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We know which authors fundamentalists read (if they read at all, most don’t) but who do theological liberals read?

Here’s the answer: 25 theologians to help broaden your faith 1. Marcus J. Borg is an American theologian and a prominent voice among contemporary Jesus scholars.  He is the author of 19 books.  Try: The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions … Continue reading

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C. S. Lewis on the reading of old books

On The Reading of Old Books by C. S. Lewis

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Book Review: ‘Looking for the King: An Inklings Novel’ by David C. Downing, Ignatius Press, 2010

‘Looking for the King: An Inklings Novel’ by David C. Downing, Ignatius Press, 2010 This is a mystery/adventure novel that I very much wanted to like but found myself unable to do so.  It’s not that I strongly dislike it; … Continue reading

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C. S. Lewis on evolution and ‘Intelligent Design’, parts 4, 5, 6 and 7, by Michael L. Peterson

C. S. Lewis on evolution and ‘Intelligent Design’, parts 1, 2 and 3, by Michael L. Peterson C. S. Lewis on Evolution and Intelligent Design, Part 4 C. S. Lewis on Evolution and Intelligent Design, Part 5 C. S. Lewis … Continue reading

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Writers’ quote of the day: C. S. Lewis’ advice on writing

‘Don’t use words too big for the subject.  Don’t say ‘infinitely’ when you mean ‘very’.  Otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.’ ~ C. S. Lewis

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C. S. Lewis on evolution and ‘Intelligent Design’, parts 1, 2 and 3, by Michael L. Peterson

C. S. Lewis on Evolution and Intelligent Design, Part 1 C. S. Lewis on Evolution and Intelligent Design, Part 2 C. S. Lewis on Evolution and Intelligent Design, Part 3 More: C. S. Lewis on evolution and ‘Intelligent Design’, part … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘Toward the Gleam’ by T. M. Doran, a good idea poorly executed

‘Toward the Gleam’ by T. M. Doran, Ignatius Press, 2011 I have just finished reading this novel and must admit that I was sadly disappointed.  It is advertised as an action adventure in which the main protagonist “races against time” … Continue reading

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Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams’ audio lectures on C.S. Lewis and the Narnia Chronicles

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams’ 2011 Holy Week Lectures are on the topic of the Narnia stories of C. S. Lewis.  The lectures are available online: Lecture 1: ‘Not a tame lion’ Lecture 2: ‘I only tell you your own story’ … Continue reading

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J. R. R. Tolkien news: novelty version of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ translated from Russian

A newly translated Russian novel retells Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings from the perspective of the bad guys.  The Last Ring-Bearer tells the story of Middle-earth according to Mordor.  Full story. In related news, the estate of J. R. … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis and the false Anscombe legend

The False Anscombe Legend As a result of his exchange with Anscombe, Lewis came to believe that his formulation of his argument was flawed, [but] the claim that he believed the argument to be fully refuted is an urban legend, … Continue reading

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C. S. Lewis said: “After I’ve been dead five years, no one will read anything I’ve written”

Surprised by C. S. Lewis: Why his popularity endures C. S. Lewis was talking to his lawyer one day when the attorney told him he had to decide where his earnings would go after his death. Lewis, who had already … Continue reading

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The BBC page on C.S. Lewis (includes sound recordings of Lewis’ voice)

It can be found here and is well worth perusing.  If you scroll down the page to here you can listen to rare recordings of Lewis’ voice.

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Liam Neeson, Hollywood’s ‘Aslan’, doesn’t even know who he’s playing

Narnia fans’ fury after Liam Neeson claims Aslan – the symbol of Christ – could also be Mohammed Author C. S. Lewis was clear that the character of Aslan in his Chronicles of Narnia is based on Christ, but the actor who … Continue reading

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Some blog posts on C.S. Lewis

Blogger Jim S. on C. S. Lewis: ‘The Discarded Image’ Some Shorter Statements of the Argument from Reason C. S. Lewis’s Fiction for Adults G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, and the Argument from Reason The Space Trilogy and the … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis predicts the rise of Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and the New Atheists

‘Having said that he [William T. Kirkpatrick, tutor to Lewis during his teenage years] was an Atheist, I hasten to add that he was a “Rationalist” of the old, high and dry nineteenth-century type.  For Atheism has come down in the … Continue reading

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For avid readers: C.S. Lewis’ rule on reading old and new books

It is a good rule, after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.  If that is too much for you, you should at least read one old … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis on the art of writing

“The Sound and Savour”: C.S. Lewis on the Art of Writing

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C.S. Lewis on philosophical naturalism

 ‘If you take nature as a teacher, it will teach you exactly the lessons you had already decided to learn.’ ~ C.S. Lewis

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On religious fiction and the sad literary decline from C.S. Lewis to Dan Brown

‘To write good religious science fiction, or indeed good religious fiction of any kind, is a challenge but one that it would be worthwhile trying to meet.  It seems a pity the field has been apparently abandoned to pernicious rubbish … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis on Stephen Hawking

‘In the whole history of the universe, the laws of Nature have never produced a single event.’ ~ C.S. Lewis

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‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Hobbit’ author J. R. R. Tolkien on capital punishment / the death penalty

‘Many who live deserve death, and many who die deserve life, can you give it to them?  Then be not too quick to deal out death in the name of justice, fearing for you own safety, not even the wise … Continue reading

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