Clive Staples Lewis was a celebrated Anglo-Irish novelist, academic, medievalist, literary critic, lay theologian and Christian apologist whose impact and influence lives on.

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Archives: August 2005

CSL and Home Schooling

August 26th, 2005

I was privileged today to meet with some home schooled children and parents here in a private home in Bowling Green to discuss Lewis’s life and the upcoming Narnia movie. I remarked on Lewis’s upbringing, and relation to the experience of home schooling at the hands of William Kirkpatrick, known in Lewis’s autobio work, Surprised […]

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August 23rd, 2005

The venerable NY TIMES has a front page story today featuring scientists who believe; one featured scientist, Dr. Francis Collins, who appeared in PBS’ The Question of God, is quoted as crediting Mere Christianity for helping him overcome his atheism. See the article here

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The Giant “Surmise”

August 22nd, 2005

The first non-Lewisian Narnian tale (or as the subtitle refers to it, “A Narnia Tale”) was published this year by HarperCollins, entitled, The Giant Surprise. It’s intended for “young readers” as a “picture book,” and, ostensibly provides a convenient way to tell a story drafting Puddleglum the Marshwiggle as the central character. I finally recently […]

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Lewis’s Reputation

August 20th, 2005

Just in the past two days I have received emails from earnest souls worried about C. S. Lewis’s reputation, by which I mean someone–a friend or a website wag–had said something to them untoward about Lewis’s “real beliefs” or, “If you knew what he and the Inklings really thought, you would not be so enthusiastic.” […]

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The Day the Book Comes

August 14th, 2005

It is hard not to be enthralled. You’ve labored over it for many months after its been seasoned for many years in your teaching, your daydreams, and your sermons. It’s concrete now. It’s on paper. An editor reads it. It’s in galleys. You get to see cover art. Amazon has an ISBN #. And then, […]

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C. S. Lewis and Baseball

August 9th, 2005

There are no known references to baseball in the works of C. S. Lewis, including uncollected letters to his most intimate friends and confidants. I have a joke that I have used in public lectures: ìLewis was not infallible. Proof? As far as I know, he did not care for baseball.î That would be a […]

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That Great Divorce Morning in Iringa, Tanzania

August 7th, 2005

Four Sundays ago my family and I were in Iringa, Tanzania, looking for an Anglican service to attend. Iringa is a beautiful township in SW Tanzania, far off the “beaten path” of major urban areas, and hope to to a first class university known as Tumaini University (“Hope” University) operated by the Evangelical Lutheran Church. […]

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The Secondary Sources Every Lewis Student Ought to Own

August 2nd, 2005

The C. S. Lewis Readers Encyclopedia, Schultz and West (Zondervan, 1998) The Most Reluctant Convert, David Downing (IVP, 2003) The C. S. Lewis Index,, Janice Goffar (Crossway, 1998) Companion to Narnia,,Paul Ford (HarperCollins, 2005) The Quotable C. S. Lewis,,Root and Martindale (Tyndale, 2005) Planets in Peril,, David Downing (U Mass P, 1992) The Collected Letters […]

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Landing the Big Fish

August 1st, 2005

I watched Big Fish again two nights ago. The Tim Burton film. I wanted to compare it to my experience of watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Big Fish is about big issues. Issues bigger than movies and scripts and screenings, career moves, and Oscars. It’s about big ideas, big decisions, big consequences. It’s about […]

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