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« on: November 22, 2003, 04:21:51 PM »

On this day, 40 years ago, Clive Staples Lewis died.  Christian, Scholar, friend of J. R. R. Tolkien and author of many books including "Til We Have Faces", "Mere Christianity" the "Narnia" series, the "Space Trilogy" "The Great Divorce" "The Four Loves" and "The Abolition of Man"

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« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2003, 01:01:50 AM »

God have mercy on the soul of His servant, who has fallen asleep.

Also, JFK and Aldous Huxley died on Nov. 22, 1963.  Peter Kreeft wrote an interesting book on this called Between Heaven and Hell.

Ebor, what are your favorite Lewis books?  For me it has to be Mere Christianity(paved the way to faith in Christ from agnosticism for me), The Screwtape Letters(read it every lent), and especially Till We Have Faces(so many layers of meaning).
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« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2003, 01:18:34 AM »

My fav is The Great Divorce.
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« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2003, 11:13:27 PM »

I've read Kreeft's book and (I think) have it somewhere still.

I enjoy both Lewis' fiction and non-fiction.  "Pilgrim's Regress" is one that I've found good.  It's an allegory.  "Screwtape" of course. and I reread it every year or so. Frankly, I think that much of what he says in that one is spot on... The desire to be a member of an "inner ring" or clique of people that makes one feel special for example.  You may recall the letter in which Screwtape is advising Wormwood to get the patient to not stay with his parish since bits of it irritate him, but to "shop" as it were.   Sounds familiar maybe from some threads earlier... "The Great Divorce" draws so many different ways of denying God so well.  (Spong fits the role of the "Ghost in gaiters" quite well, imho.)  "Til We Have Faces" is brilliant.

"Mere Christianity" is a fine book.  "The Abolition of Man" is also good for going over some basic concepts including the commonality of certain basic moral teachings.  For sheer wrenching writing at times, there's "A Grief Observed" written after the death of his wife.  

For the children, of course, there's Narnia.

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« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2003, 11:35:45 PM »

I love how in The Great Divorce the grass hurts the feet of the souls visiting heaven, as it is too real for them to bear in their current state.  I need to reread that, it's been at least 6-7 years.  Loaned my copy to a friend three years ago who promptly lost it.
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« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2003, 05:55:32 PM »

"The Great Divorce" also has a good telling of how what people call "love" sometimes isn't that at all, but wanting to posess and controll another.

On a further note,  today would have been C. S. Lewis' 105th birthday.  Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
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« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2003, 06:32:53 PM »

I always loved the Narnia series - something about Aslan touched me even before I "found" Christ.  I wonder what Lewis would think of the LOTR movies made from his dear friends writings . . . . would he be impressed or discouraged?
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« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2013, 05:44:32 PM »

Fifty years ago from Friday, 22 November, 2013, C. S. Lewis, JFK, and Aldous Huxley died. On a positive note, the Beatles released in Britain their second album.
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« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2013, 06:13:11 PM »

Fifty years ago from Friday, 22 November, 2013, C. S. Lewis, JFK, and Aldous Huxley died. On a positive note, the Beatles released in Britain their second album.
On another positive note: The BBC broadcast the first ever episode of Doctor Who, "An Unearthly Child", the next day.
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