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Did Lewis & Tolkien Plan to Write Together?

  • Oct 02, 2009
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Did C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien collaborate on a project that was never published? It is well known that the two were close friends and relished each other’s praise and criticism. However, there is little evidence that the two intended on working together on any manuscript. Steven A. Beebe, professor …

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Planet Narnia Spin, Spun Out

  • May 13, 2009
  • Devin Brown
  • 38 Comments

In both his book and in his essay here on cslewis.com, Michael Ward lists me as someone who holds a different position than he does on the mixture of images Lewis uses in The Chronicles of Narnia, and so I am happy to have been invited to present another point …

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Narnia and the Seven Heavens

  • Apr 28, 2009
  • Michael Ward
  • 3 Comments

Ever since they were published in the 1950s, C.S. Lewis’s seven Chronicles of Narnia have puzzled readers. The puzzle has to do with the fact that the seven stories have no obvious unifying theme. Three of the books seem to be clear Biblical allegories. The Lion, the Witch and the …

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The Personal Heresy

  • Jan 05, 2009
  • Joel Heck
  • 2 Comments

Now reprinted, The Personal Heresy by C. S. Lewis is a necessity. I have read the book seven times this year in the process of preparing for the re-release. The book was first published in 1939, reprinted in 1965, but then it became one of the few Lewis books to …

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A Skeptic's Appreciation of Narnia

  • Dec 15, 2008
  • David J. Theroux
  • 4 Comments

Numerous articles are currently appearing on the new book by Salon.com’s book critic Laura Miller, The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia. In the book, Ms. Miller recounts her childhood love for C. S. Lewis’s 7-volume book series, The Chronciles of Narnia, only to turn away from them as …

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Good News for Toy Soldiers

  • Jul 18, 2008
  • Sarah Arthur
  • 5 Comments

I recently completed my first year of graduate theological studies at a major university. Before classes began, I figured I would need to say goodbye to C. S. Lewis as a literary voice in my life, considering his rather dubious reputation among academics. Everyone in the academy darts for cover …

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Lewis and the "Pursuit of Happiness"

  • Jul 06, 2008
  • Robin Baker
  • 2 Comments

Quite by accident, I came across a short article by Lewis that he wrote just prior to his death, entitled “We Have No ‘Right to Happiness’” (Saturday Evening Post, December 11, 1963). In it, he writes about an emerging issue in culture and even offers thoughts on the American Declaration …

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Prince Caspian and the Planets

  • May 15, 2008
  • Michael Ward
  • 4 Comments

Prince Caspian is woken by his tutor, Dr. Cornelius, in the middle of the night and taken up a dark stairway to the top of a tower. There he sees the conjunction of two planets: “Tarva, the Lord of Victory, salutes Alambil, the Lady of Peace.” According to Dr Cornelius, …

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