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  • The Dictatorship of Mercy

    11/18/2016 12:23:02 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod
    One Peter Five ^ | November 17, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable...
  • Men without Chests Threaten Civilization

    10/09/2016 1:25:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 9, 2016 | Chris Banescu
    Mid-twentieth-century C. S. Lewis witnessed and wrote about the increasing moral breakdown and intellectual decay of Western civilization. He observed how secular and atheistic academics, philosophers, politicians, intellectuals, and cultural elites abandoned reason, denied universal truths, undermined Christian doctrines, and rejected moral principles that formed the foundation of civilized society. "Lewis walked our cultural ground," explained Chris R. Armstrong. "He lived, as we do, in a society that denied objective value; lacked a coherent social ethic; wallowed in instant gratification, sexual license, moral evasion, and blame-shifting; and failed to pass on a moral framework to its children." In his book...
  • Nikabrik's Candidate (My Fear Also on Trump)

    01/27/2016 6:59:01 PM PST · by jafojeffsurf · 21 replies
    First Things ^ | 1/22/2016 | Gina Dalfonzo
    "If you ever doubt that C. S. Lewis was gifted with a prophetic voice, you need look no further for correction than Prince Caspian. In the story, you may remember, Narnia is in a desperate situation. The Telmarines have taken over, and the citizens of Narnia have been persecuted, silenced, and driven into hiding. When Prince Caspian—a Telmarine himself, but one who sympathizes with the Narnian cause—joins forces with them, this leads to a fresh round of attacks from the other Telmarines and their king, Miraz. The Narnians try to summon help by using Queen Susan’s horn—and they are successful,...
  • How C. S. Lewis Predicted Today’s College Campus Craziness—in 1944

    12/02/2015 8:33:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12/02/2015 | BY TYLER O'NEIL
    When events at Yale University and the University of Missouri propelled college politics to national news, many conservatives were caught off guard by the power of "political correctness." To those familiar with the works of C.S. Lewis, however, these events were of little surprise. Lewis's The Abolition of Man explains both the confusion and the radical ideology on campuses today, and how Americans should respond to these dire threats.What's Happening on College Campuses?In the September issue of The Atlantic, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff, president and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, described a...
  • The Meaning of Paris

    11/25/2015 10:55:41 AM PST · by crusher · 11 replies
    personal correspondence | 11/22/2015 | crusher
    I was recently asked my opinion about the current state of affairs, and thought some of you might be interested. Or not. ===================================================== Hi Cousin You asked my thoughts about Paris, so here they are. What we are seeing is not a clash of civilizations, but rather a clash between civilization and barbarism. Paris is but the latest consequence of The West 1) failing to recognize/address barbarism, and 2) losing faith in civilization itself. In short, Paris is the well-deserved consequence of The West's aggregate contempt for its own Christian heritage. G.K. Chesterton once said that when a people no...
  • Flavors of the Century

    10/15/2015 7:05:25 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 14, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Two authors who collectively have sold hundreds of millions of copies of their books decades after their deaths receive scant attention in academia. C. S. Lewis, according to Publishers Weekly, had sold 18 million copies by 2013. J. R. R. Tolkien, according to answers.com, has sold about 250 million copies. But try finding a panel on either of them at the Modern Language Association. Perhaps it has something to do with the outlook of this literary pair. Indeed, even during their lifetimes, despite spending most of their working lives as Oxford dons, both Lewis and Tolkien were more widely appreciated...
  • The Dreadful Duty of Forgiveness

    07/20/2015 9:52:09 AM PDT · by DWW1990 · 80 replies
    TrevorGrantThomas.com ^ | 7/19/15 | Trevor Thomas
    One of the most unpopular and difficult virtues of Christianity is forgiveness. As C.S. Lewis put it, Every one says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive. Sadly, our personal lives recently have been an exercise in forgiving the unforgivable.
  • Priestesses in the Church?

    06/01/2015 3:35:18 PM PDT · by bad company · 8 replies
    http://www.episcopalnet.org ^ | August 14, 1948 | C.S. Lewis
    [Originally published under the title "Notes on the Way," in Time and Tide, Vol. XXIX (August 14, 1948), it was subsequently reprinted with the above title in the posthumous God in the Dock book, published by Wiilliam B. Erdmanns, Grand Rapids, MI). "I should like Balls infinitely better," said Caroline Bingley, "if they were carried on in a different manner ... It would surely be much more rational if conversation instead of dancing made the order of the day." "Much more rational, I dare say," replied her brother, "but it would not be near so much like a Ball." We...
  • Love is Lifting Me Higher -- A Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Lent

    03/15/2015 7:17:47 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archiocese of Washington ^ | 03-14-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Your Love is Lifting Me Higher – A Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Lent By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe readings in today’s Mass speak to us of our desperate condition, and how God’s abiding love has not only set us free, but also lifted us higher. God was not content to restore us to some earthy garden, paradise though it was. No, he has so loved the world that he sent his Son who has opened heaven itself for us and given us a new, transformed and eternal life.Let's look at some of the themes and ponder that God works...
  • From Atheism to Christianity: a Personal Journey

    02/16/2015 12:18:45 PM PST · by redleghunter · 12 replies
    Be Thinking.Org ^ | 2011 | Philip Vander Elst
    Do you find it difficult to believe in God or accept the claims of Christianity? I did, when I was an atheist, but I changed my mind, and my reasons for doing so may be of interest to you in your own personal journey and attempts to make sense of life. I am a freelance writer and lecturer. Since graduating from Oxford in 1973, with a degree in politics and philosophy, I have spent most of my professional life in politics and journalism, loving, as I do, the world of books, ideas and debate. Two questions in particular have always...
  • Letter from Below (C. S. Lewis - Wormwood)

    02/18/2015 8:06:57 PM PST · by Wiz-Nerd · 8 replies
    Townhall ^ | Feb 17, 2015 | Paul Greenberg
    My dear Wormwood, These days I scarcely know where to turn next in the public prints, there's such an abundance of cheery news from the upper regions. Clearly you have things well in hand up there. War and the threat of war, aggression everywhere and suffering galore to go with it. Diplomats holding endless meetings that amount to a green light for more invasions and ever more power for those out to squelch freedom in the world. Congratulations and keep up the good work. It may be only a matter of time before our devilish friends in Teheran get their...
  • The Left and Absolute Sexual Freedom

    02/01/2015 1:29:42 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 41 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 2-1-15 | Fay Voshell
    C.S. Lewis wrote in 1952 that perversions of the sex instinct are numerous, hard to cure, and frightful. The good Oxford don did not live to see the times we now live in, times in which progressive extremists can state a straight face that actually there are no sexual perversions times in which even the long-held taboos against pedophilia and incest are falling like dominoes. The evidence that in the name of absolute sexual freedom, traditional taboos are no longer to be honored is everywhere. While sexual perversion has always existed, it has never been as widely tolerated and...
  • Why Evil Disproves Atheism

    01/17/2015 6:20:42 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Townhall ^ | 01/17/2015 | Frank Turek
    As Islamists continue to kill innocents, they provide more fuel for the oft-made atheist claim that religion is evil. Atheist Richard Dawkins condemned the recent attacks in France by tweeting, "No, all religions are NOT equally violent. Some have never been violent, some gave it up centuries ago. One religion conspicuously didn't." Dawkins is right that some religions and religious people have consistently perpetrated evil. Atheists often use this fact to support atheism. However, the existence of evil turns out to be a bigger problem for atheists to explain than for theists. The kind of evil Dawkins and the rest...
  • How Narnia and Middle Earth helped an atheist professor find her faith

    11/25/2014 3:50:20 PM PST · by NYer · 19 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | November 25, 2014
    JRR Tolkien in 1967 (Photo: PA) Books blog: Dr Holly Ordway's Not God's Type recounts a fascinating and uplifting journeyI have been reading Dr Holly Ordway’s Not God’s Type: an Atheist Academic Lays Down her Arms (Ignatius Press, or Gracewing in the UK). It is always uplifting to read books like this, not in a triumphalist way but because it is a reminder that underneath all the glaring human weaknesses in the Church as an institution, which we all know so well, there are still people out there who are searching for answers to fundamental questions and then finding...
  • Jill Freud, Inspiration for Lucy in 'Narnia,' Reveals C.S. Lewis Memories

    09/05/2014 2:05:34 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 16 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 19 Aug 2014 | Paul Bond
    There are multiple films in the works that will explore the relationship between literary fantasy giants J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, one called Tolkien & Lewis from Attractive Films and another called Jack & Tollers from Third Dart Studios. Still another from Fox Searchlight will focus only on Tolkien and is titled, appropriately enough, Tolkien. While the films are in the early stages, one of them Tolkien & Lewis is set to announce an interesting castmember: Jill Freud, aka the real Lucy Pevensie from Lewis books about Narnia. ...
  • What's so unique about Christianity ? CS Lewis answers

    07/23/2014 9:24:10 AM PDT · by xzins · 55 replies
    Grace Guy ^ | 1997 | Yancey
    During a British conference on comparative religions, experts from around the world debated what, if any, belief was unique to the Christian faith. They began eliminating possibilities. Incarnation? Other religions had different versions of gods' appearing in human form. Resurrection? Again, other religions had accounts of return from death. The debate went on for some time until C. S. Lewis wandered into the room. "What's the rumpus about?" he asked, and heard in reply that his colleagues were discussing Christianity's unique contribution among world religions. Lewis responded, "Oh, that's easy. It's grace." After some discussion, the conferees had to agree....
  • Evangelicals and Hollywood Muck

    01/06/2014 5:20:33 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 48 replies
    Gospel Coalition ^ | January 6, 2013 | Trevin Wax
    I grew up in a fundamentalist environment. The church I was baptized in believed it was inappropriate for Christians to go to a movie theater. To this day, my grandparents maintain this standard as a bulwark against worldliness. The library at my Christian school had a variety of books for children, sanitized for Christian consumption. Encyclopedia Brown made the cut, but all the goshes and gee whizzes were marked out with a heavy black pen. No second-hand cursing allowed. Films without anything objectionable were allowed at school, but looking back, I see how this analysis was applied simplistically. I still...
  • Why Liberalism Is On The Wrong Side Of History

    12/03/2013 4:01:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 3, 2013 | John Hawkins
    "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive." -- C.S. Lewis One of the overriding points of Liberal Fascism is that all of the totalitarian isms of the left commit the fallacy of the category error. They all want the state to be something it cannot be. They passionately believe the government can love you, that the state can be your God or your church or your tribe or your parent or your village or all of these things at once. Conservatives occasionally make this mistake, libertarians never do, liberals...
  • C. S. Lewis: Jack the Giant-Killer

    11/25/2013 1:12:27 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/24/2013 | M. D. Aeschliman
    On November 22, 1963 just 50 years ago today three eminent men died: President John F. Kennedy and the writers Aldous Huxley (b. 1894) and C. S. Lewis (b. 1898). In 1982, the philosopher Peter Kreeft wrote a clever and valuable fictional dialogue of the dead among the three, imagining them meeting and conversing just after death in a purgatorial state Between Heaven and Hell: A Dialog Somewhere beyond Death. The fortunes of the three figures reputations over the last half-century make for an interesting comparison. The young, handsome, glamorous Kennedy, brutally slain by a left-winger at...
  • Nov. 22, 1963: A look at the lives of JFK, C.S. Lewis and Aldous Huxley

    11/24/2013 1:14:57 PM PST · by jocon307 · 12 replies
    Desert News (Tip o'the hat Ace of Spades) ^ | 11/21/2013 | Jackie Hicken
    Friday marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, but the day also marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of famed authors C.S. Lewis and Aldous Huxley. Test your knowledge of these three historical giants with this quiz.