C.S. Lewis on Charlie Hebdo and the Aftermath

I’m telling you, if you haven’t read The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis, you need to drop what you’re doing and read it right now. It was written seventy years ago, but it seems more relevant with every passing day. Some days, Lewis makes Nostradamus seem like a guy with a closet full of Beanie Babies (“They’re coming back! I’m telling More …

C.S. Lewis Knew How Free Markets Work

The Values & Capitalism blog shines new light on a famous C.S. Lewis quote, namely, this one: In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. This commentary follows: Usually More …

Watch Some C.S. Lewis Doodles

Excerpts from C.S. Lewis works read while an artist illustrates them comic-book style? Why, yes please. And there are more like this over on the God and the Machine blog.

The Illustrated C.S. Lewis

The Poached Egg has posted some cool videos that illustrate some passages from C.S. Lewis in that cool, drawing-it-while-he’s-talking style, like the one below:

Steyn on the Knockout Game

It’s a Mark Steyn column that references C.S. Lewis, therefore, according to the bylaws of this website, I had to post it: “No justification of virtue will enable a man to be virtuous,” wrote Lewis — and, likewise, no law can prevent a thug punching an old lady to the ground if the thug is minded to. “A society’s first More …

Live Like a Narnian

Plant a lamppost in a random spot in the woods behind your house and load up on Turkish delight, Joe Rigney leads a breakout session on how you, too, can apply lessons from C.S. Lewis’ books to your Christian walk and live like a Narnian:

"God is a Storyteller"

Via Justin Taylor, here’s a dramatic recreation of an apparently actual conversation between C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, in which they work out the value of myth and the meaning of truth. Heavy. When I take a walk in the woods, I’m normally just keeping an eye out for concealed places to pee.

Keller and Piper on C.S. Lewis

Tim Keller and John Piper talk about the ongoing influence of C.S. Lewis:

Appetites

In that tangential, apropos of nothing kind of way that you run across things on the internet, I ran across this quote from C.S. Lewis that I wanted to share. It’s an old quote, but like a lot of quotes from Lewis, it seems like it was torn from today’s editorial pages: You can get a large audience together for More …

The Real C.S. Lewis

His work has become so mythically significant that it’s easy to forget he was real, but he was. R.J. Moeller on the real C.S. Lewis: C. S. Lewis is chiefly remembered because he told great stories. He was the creator of worlds and realms outside of our own that taught us more about the one in which we live. He More …

C.S. Lewis and the Case Against Scientism

C.S. Lewis (pause while I squeal like a girl in the front row of a One Direction concert) made a strong case against twisting science into a tool for “perfecting” man and society, most notably in The Abolition of Man. If you don’t have time to read that, well, you probably need to loosen up your schedule. But this documentary More …

Free-Market Apologetics of C.S. Lewis

I never thought of C.S. Lewis as a free-market advocate–or as an economic thinker of any kind, really. But given his affinity for clear-headed rationality and disdain for pseudo-intellectual gobbledygook, he could never have supported any other kind of economic system. Lewis was in complete sympathy with their desire to alleviate human misery, but he understood that the execution of More …

Because You Can Never Get Enough C.S. Lewis

Justin Taylor quotes C.S. Lewis on the three components of human morality. Here’s just a taste: He asks us to think of humanity as “a fleet of ships sailing in formation” and what makes it successful: The voyage will be a success only, in the first place, if the ships do not collide and get in one another’s way; and, More …

"The Great Divorce" and Second Chances

At the Prosblogion, Keith DeRose tries to us C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce to divine (ha!) the author’s opinions about whether or not you get a second chance to get into heaven after death. To the extent that attitudes are softened at all toward FC [i.e., “further chances” to get into heaven after death], it seems to be largely through the More …

As Unlikely as It May Seem, This Exists

Did you know that there’s an audiobook recording of John Cleese reading C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters? I sure didn’t. But now I do! And my life is just that much better. Justin Taylor has a whole bunch of clips posted at his site. Here’s one: And thank you, Internet, for being an endless archive of unlikely things.

C.S. Lewis Speaks for Me Better than I Do

It’s a good think I have C.S. Lewis quotes to explain what I think, otherwise it would never get out. Here’s the latest one I’ve found, posted by Justin Taylor: For my own part, I tend to find the doctrinal books often more helpful in devotion than the devotional books, and I rather suspect that the same experience may await More …

Our Betters Aren’t Better Anymore

At The American Interest, Walter Russel Mead takes an extended look at why our leaders–cultural, financial, and political–suck so bad. Naturally, this part caught my eye: The religion gap between the elite and the rest of the country is a big part of the problem — and in more ways than one.  I can’t help but notice that the abandonment More …