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Clive Staples “C. S.” Lewis was born 11/29/1898 at Belfast, Ireland.  Few modern (a relative term J) thinkers (another relative term L) have impacted our day more.  Atheist turned Church of England, his fictional and non-fictional works lead toward Christian thought.  A university don, he was at Oxford (1924-54) and Cambridge (1954-63).  His Screwtape Letters are good (must think backward!) as are Miracles (1947) and Mere Christianity (1952).  His allegorical The Chronicles of Narnia (1950-1956) is considered a classic in children’s literature.  This theologian’s death (11/22/1963) was overshadowed by the murder of JFK that same day.

Lewis Quotes:

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.

We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.

A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.

“If I discover within myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world”

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…He shows much more of Himself to some people than to others—not because He has favourites but because it is impossible for Him to show Himself to a man whose whole mind and character are in the wrong direction.  Just as sunlight though it has no favourites can’t be reflected in a dusty mirror as clearly as in a clean one.  

                – C S Lewis, Beyond Personality (NY: The Macmillan Co, 1945), 12.

If you picture Time as a straight line along which we have to travel then you must picture God as the whole page on which the line is drawn.

                – C S Lewis, Beyond Personality (NY: The Macmillan Co, 1945), 16.

…God has no history.  He is too completely and utterly real to have one.        

                – C S Lewis, Beyond Personality (NY: The Macmillan Co, 1945), 17.

Christ says “Give me All…I want You. I have no come to torment your natural self, but to kill it…” 

                – C S Lewis, Beyond Personality (NY: The Macmillan Co, 1945), 40.

We are like eggs at present.  And you cannot go in indefinitely being just an ordinary decent egg.  We must be hatched or go bad.

                – C S Lewis, Beyond Personality (NY: The Macmillan Co, 1945), 42.

C.S. (Clive Staples) Lewis is said to have written on this date, 7/21/1958,  

“What the devil loves is that vague cloud of unspecified guilt or unspecified virtue,

by which he lures us into despair or presumption.”

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What God begets is God…What God creates is not God.

            – C. S. Lewis, Beyond Personality (NY: Macmillan, 1945), 5.

 

…God has no history.  He is too completely and utterly real to have one.        

            – C. S. Lewis, Beyond Personality (NY: Macmillan, 1945), 17.

 

When He said, “Be perfect,” He meant it…It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg.  We are like eggs at present.  And you cannot go in indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg.  We must be hatched or go bad.

             – C. S. Lewis, Beyond Personality (NY: Macmillan, 1945), 42.

 

It cost God nothing, as far as we know, to create nice things: but to convert rebellious wills cost Him the crucifixion.

            – C. S. Lewis, Beyond Personality (NY: Macmillan, 1945), 55.

 

Clive Staples Lewis died this date. He had taught at Oxford (1924-1954) and Cambridge (1954-1963) universities. In his early thirties, Lewis was converted to Jesus Christ. He is best known for his children’s classic The Chronicles of Narnia (1950-1956), and for Screwtape Letters, Miracles,and Mere Christianity.  Lewis was born 11/29/1898, Belfast, Ireland.

 

 

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