How Landscapes Influenced Lewis

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  • Dec 04, 2016
  • Douglas Gilbert
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My first experience with the fiction works of C.S. Lewis was with reading The Chronicles of Narnia. My wife and I were on vacation in England in 1966 when I bought my first of many sets of the Narnia stories.

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Lewis On Death

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  • Dec 02, 2016
  • Robin Baker
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American culture (and Western culture generally) has a difficult time dealing with death and the dying. We often do not know how to interact with those who are terminally ill. In a culture that is all about this life, consuming goods and living life to its fullest, death is the ultimate enemy. It is the voice we hear, but we wish to silence in our culture because its reality testifies that our efforts to stay young and to submerse ourselves in the pursuit of material wealth will end in a pine box or an urn. That is not good news.

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Reflecting on Thanksgiving

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  • Nov 19, 2016
  • Zach Kincaid
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Thanksgiving in the United States is a time of calm before the expectant weeks of Advent. At least for a moment, the travesty and distress of the world is exchanged for feasting and consciously remembering the good providence of God. He is good, but the world is falling away. The mask of life is most certainly on the face of death. In these times of pausing, I’m more comforted with honest perspective as it is hinged upon the hope of the Gospel. So I turn to reading Lewis (and others). 

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The Art of the Thank You Note

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  • Nov 11, 2016
  • David C. Downing
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On the subject of thanksgiving, C. S. Lewis believed we should be grateful for all the fortunes that come our way, both good and bad. It is easy, of course, to be grateful for the good things in our lives. But Lewis felt that we should be equally thankful for bad fortune, for that is what “works in us patience, humility, the contempt of this world and the hope of our eternal country” (Collected Letters 2, 869).

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The Devil and Mr. Lewis

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  • Oct 28, 2016
  • Bruce L. Edwards
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The September 8, 1947 cover of Time Magazine improbably depicts the demure C. S. Lewis accompanied by a fiercely impish devil poised on his left shoulder, a caricature of his infamous fictional protagonist, Screwtape, AKA, Senior Tempter of Hell.

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Attaching Ourselves to Heaven

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  • Oct 13, 2016
  • Zach Kincaid
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We all wrestle with death. Its presence is around us constantly. It’s in us too. But three great revelations of God in the Old Testament tell us: (1) he is one; (2) he made us in his image, (3) and he seeks after us because he loves us. All three revelations bleed into the New Testament with Jesus who yells down death asking the rhetorical question, “Where is your sting?”

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Dipping into Myth

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  • Sep 19, 2016
  • Zach Kincaid
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Lucy takes us through the wardrobe, we learn later, to experience a story that helps her believe again in what has become pedestrian in her world. The tale begins in a spare room and absorbs her entire world by the end of it.

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“What should they teach at these schools?” Lewis on Education and Imagination

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  • Aug 31, 2016
  • Marisa White
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I love to investigate the tables Barnes and Noble has set up for local schools’ summer reading. A few weeks ago, I was pleased to find The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe on several of their displays. I started thinking, and I feel certain that seeing his book there would bring a great sense of joy into C. S. Lewis’s heart, not merely because people are still reading his stories, but, more profoundly, because of Lewis’s strong convictions about the role of imaginative literature in education.

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