Tuesday, September 30, 2014

#536

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A letter from Lewis dated September 30, 1963:

Dear Miss Douglass,

Thanks for your kind note.  Yes, autumn is really the best of the seasons: and I'm not sure that old age isn't the best part of life.  But of course, like Autumn, it doesn't last!

Yours sincerely
C.S. Lewis


Lewis would die less than two months from the date of this letter.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

#535

Douglas Gresham


On Monday, October 27th we will meet and discuss And God Came In: The Extraordinary Life of Joy Davidman by Lyle Dorsett.  This biography of Joy Davidman will provide an in-depth overview of the woman Lewis loved and married.  With this I hope we will have a stronger foundation to read  A Grief Observed in the winter.

From the jacket of And God Came In:

"Many people have wondered over the years about what it was in my mother's personality that so attracted my stepfather, C. S. Lewis.  Here in this thorough and well-presented biography, one can find the answers.  Lyle Dorsett has investigated my mother's background and her academic career and presents an accurate and dispassionate portrayal of this remarkable lady.  So much has been written about Jack (C. S. Lewis) that people tend to overlook the staggering intellect and sharpness of mind of the lady he chose to be his wife.  This valuable book redresses that situation."

Douglas Gresham, son of Joy Davidman, and stepson of C. S. Lewis

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

#533


Our next meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 27th - 6:15pm in the Trust Conference Room at the Library.  We will be discussing And God Came In: The Extraordinary Story of Joy Davidman by Lyle Dorsett.  I have brand new hardcover copies available for $5.  If you would like one send me an email and I will get it to you.  There are no discussion questions, just read and enjoy.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

#532


From the Library of C.S. Lewis: Selections from Writers Who Influenced His Spiritual Journey
Monday, September 22nd – 6:15pm in the Trust Conference Room.

Discussion Question:
As you read the selections note where you see thoughts which influenced Lewis’ writing.  And for extra credit you might even be ready with some quotes from the Lewis work.  Also, bring your favorite devotional quote from C.S. Lewis.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

#531





We discussed this book a year or so ago.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

#530

Hiroshima after the bomb.
In 1947 Lewis wrote as essay titled "Vivisection" for the New England Anti-Vivisection Society.  I have used the quote below previously on this blog.  The last few posts have been about the atomic bomb and Lewis's thoughts concerning it.  As I have been looking through the Lewis letters I found the letter below with Lewis offering a possible tempering of his statement in "Vivisection."  I have not found anything else  from his pen to shed light on his opinion of the morality of dropping the atomic bomb, but I will keep looking; not because I am an American looking for Lewis justification.  I previously posted the "Vivisection" quote with my full support, but it is a discussion worth having.


"The victory of vivisection marks a great advance in the triumph of ruthless, non-moral utilitarianism over the old world of ethical laws; a triumph in which we, as well as animals, are already the victims, and of which Dachau and Hiroshima mark the more recent achievements."


From a letter Lewis sent to Belle Allen on the 28th of December of 1950:

"The whole question of the atomic bomb is a very difficult one: the Sunday after the news of the dropping of the first one came through, our minister asked us all to join in prayer for forgiveness for the great crime of using it.  But, if what we have since heard is true, i.e. that the first item on the Japanese anti-invasion programme was the killing of every European in Japan, the answer did not, to me, seem so simple as all that."


Follow this link to a letter from Harry Truman to a journalist justifying his decision to drop the bombs.

Thinking as I write, I still think Lewis is right in that the dropping of the bomb and the Holocaust and a myriad of other actions by modern man "marks a great advance in the triumph of ruthless, non-moral utilitarianism."