Walter Hooper

Dispelling Myths about C. S. Lewis

  • Jan 11, 2016
  • Jerry Root
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C. S. Lewis once wrote an essay titled, The Funeral of a Great Myth, in it he eulogizes the religion of evolutionism. In the same spirit, I have often thought it would be good to bury a host of myths about C. S. Lewis as well.

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A Cancer in the Universe

  • Aug 26, 2015
  • David Naugle
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“I agree Technology is per se neutral: but a race devoted to the increase of its own power by technology with complete indifference to ethics does seem to me a cancer in the Universe. Certainly if he goes on his present course much further man can not be trusted with …

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C. S. Lewis and the Martlets

  • Nov 30, 2013
  • Joel Heck
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Most Lewis fans know a great deal about the adult C. S. Lewis, the author of the Chronicles of Narnia, Mere Christianity, and The Screwtape Letters. Some know about his childhood years, largely because they have read Surprised by Joy. Various biographies tell us about his early experience with schools, …

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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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New Finds about Lewis's Conversion

  • Feb 19, 2013
  • Andrew Lazo
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It all began with an overheard conversation. Last summer, at the Marion E. Wade Center doing research for a book project on Till We Have Faces, I eavesdropped a discussion concerning an unpublished manuscript by C. S. Lewis that had been labeled as an early version of Surprised by Joy. …

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Lewis's First and Final Short Story

  • Jun 07, 2012
  • Devin Brown
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A joint conference of The Frances White Ewbank Colloquium on C. S. Lewis and Friends and the C. S. Lewis and the Inklings Society was held recently at Taylor University. At one of the plenary sessions a new Lewis-related work was featured and given its official launch. “Light”: C. S. …

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With their Christianity Latent: C. S. Lewis on the Arts

  • Jun 03, 2012
  • David Naugle
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Introduction: Last Fall 2011 on sabbatical, I had the privilege of being a scholar in residence at the Kilns, C. S. Lewis’s old home in an outlying residential area called Risinghurst, just about three miles from Oxford and Oxford University. I didn’t know it when I arrived, but about three days …

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Why Read Old Books: History and Its Relevance

  • Jul 02, 2010
  • Dan Hamilton
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An Introduction is a signpost – pointing not to itself but to the pages that follow. While “On the Reading of Old Books” is usually reprinted (and presented) as a stand-alone essay by Lewis, it is actually the introduction to a book written by someone else: “The Incarnation of the …

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Duty with a Stamp: “Half My Life is Spent Answering Letters”

  • Jun 11, 2010
  • Andrew Cuneo
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When the third volume of C.S. Lewis’s Collected Letters came out in 2006, it did not receive nearly the attention it deserved. Its publication, however, marked the summit of assembling and editing which Walter Hooper almost single-handedly accomplished in the space of eight years. But where were the mainstream reviews …

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A Mentor by Mail

  • Jan 27, 2010
  • David C. Downing
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In 1941 a former student of C. S. Lewis, then in her thirties, asked Lewis if he would become her confessor and spiritual director. Lewis politely declined, feeling that he didn’t have the proper credentials for the job (Letters, 2, 481). Yet he continued to write her letters of candid …

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