Collected Letters

Affairs of the State

  • Nov 04, 2014
  • Zach Kincaid
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The time has come in the United States for mid-term elections. It’s a time of some sanguine hope and mostly smug discontent. Oh well, it’ll come and go, as they say. Lewis has some advise for us to consider. In a 1948 letter to a friend he suggests that, “men …

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Swallowing the Camel

  • Apr 12, 2014
  • Zach Kincaid
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In 1959, Kenneth Carey invited C.S. Lewis to address the students of Anglican Theological College, Westcott House. Carey served as principal of the college and he would later become Bishop of Edinburgh. The subject of the talk was to be a response to the recent book by Alec Vidler called …

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Gadgets

  • Feb 16, 2014
  • Zach Kincaid
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Gadgets. They are here to stay. Human history is threaded with invention and innovation, helping us with our many inefficiencies. It’s easy to believe in Friedrich Nietzsche’s Superman which was popularized further by playwright George Bernard Shaw, novelist H.G. Wells and other in the early part of the 20th century. …

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Lewis on Tolkien: 2

  • Dec 22, 2013
  • Zach Kincaid
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A childhood friend of Lewis was Arthur Greeves. He lived across the street from him in Belfast. Until Lewis’s death in 1963, he and Greeves remained close friends. Many of Lewis’s collected letters are to Greeves, who was an early influence on Lewis in relation to Christianity. In a letter …

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Lewis on Tolkien: 1

  • Zach Kincaid
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With The Hobbit in theaters now, we thought it apropos to begin a short series of glances into what Lewis says of Tolkien, his good friend and fellow scholar. Here’s one from a letter to critic Charles A. Brady on October 29, 1944, talking about how an author and his …

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The Narnian Order of Things

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  • Aug 20, 2013
  • Charlie W. Starr
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One of the great schisms of our time goes hardly noticed by the press. But it threatens the very foundation of the order of things…well at least of Narnian things… (Okay, it’s not threatening at all and probably not very important except to C. S. Lewis fanatics like me.) And …

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Are You Attached to God?

  • May 14, 2013
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Lewis to Joyce Pearce in Collected Letters Volume 2, July 20, 1943: It is to me inconceivable that Nature as we see it is either what God intended or merely evil: it looks like a good thing spoiled. The doctrine of the Fall… is the only satisfactory explanation. Evil begins, …

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Lewis and His Dates

  • Mar 18, 2013
  • Devin Brown
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C. S. Lewis opens chapter four of his autobiography, Surprised by Joy, with this statement:  “In January, 1911, just turned thirteen, I set out with my brother to Wyvern, he for the College and I for a preparatory school …” (56). However, since we know Lewis was born on November …

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Lewis on Tolkien: 4

  • Dec 14, 2012
  • Zach Kincaid
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“I would willingly do all in my power to secure for Tolkien’s great book the recognition it deserves,” Lewis writes to Sir Stanley Unwin on Dec. 4, 1953, regarding The Fellowship of the Ring. Lewis then enclosed the following endorsement: It would be almost safe to say that no book …

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Happy 114!

  • Nov 29, 2012
  • Zach Kincaid
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C.S. Lewis turns 114 today. He had some things to say about growing old. On one occasion in his letters, he cites Dante and his description of the lost souls as looking entirely to their past, what they did and didn’t do, while the redeemed weren’t concerned about what went …

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