"This book contains a selection of the too numerous addresses which I was induced to give during the late war and the years that immediately followed it." The opening line from the Preface to The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses from C.S. Lewis.
It seems this sentence is an exhaustive sigh from Lewis. The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses was published in 1949 (under the title Transpositions and Other Addresses in England), the war had ended and his days of lectures and sermons were slowing down considerably, to the point that he could pen that line. I have a treasured collection of Lewis writings (treasured in that I know where it is and will be grabbing it on my way out of a house fire or other such emergency) titled C.S. Lewis: Essay Collection and Other Short Pieces, edited by Lesley Walmsley. A collection of 135 works by Lewis that one would have to buy about 10 books currently on the market to compile all of the works in this, almost 900 page, volume. Another reason I will be grabbing this in an emergency is that a used copy is currently selling for over $100, so I can sell it and rebuild my Lewis Library, if need be. I went through this collection and found 9 sermons/lectures/addresses Lewis gave during the "late war and the years that immediately followed it." There are other addresses, but I am only counting the specifically Christian topics. In addition to these Lewis gave other addresses on other topics, such as literature. Pick-up a good biography and you will read about Lewis' "War Work" which consisted in traveling all over England on the weekends giving talks at Royal Air Force bases. Then came the fateful letter from the BBC inviting him to consider giving talks on the radio. These talks became Mere Christianity, as is well known history to Lewis fans. A great book detailing this is C.S. Lewis in a Time of War by Justin Phillips. In this book one will find the broadcast schedule Lewis undertook - 25 broadcasts, and all but 3 were live, requiring weekly trips from Oxford to London, during 4 different 5 week periods over a few years. Add to this his publishing: The Screwtape Letters; Perelandra; That Hideous Strength; The Great Divorce; Miracles - those were the Big Ones published during this period. Then there are the smaller pieces, academic pieces, and more. Also, Lewis had a full-time job as an Oxford Don - lectures to give, tutorials, papers to grade, and college business to attend to. Add to this the almost 500 pages of letters from this time period (half of volume 2 of The Collected Letters). He also had a family life, a house, an aging "Mother" at home - Mrs. Moore, a brother at home, during the war evacuated children living with him. The remarkable output from Lewis during this period places the sentence from the Preface in context.
Monday, October 5, 2015
We will be discussing the first four addresses from The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses at our next meeting - Monday, October 26th (see schedule page on the right). "The Weight of Glory" was preached by Lewis on June 8, 1941 at Solemn Evensong at the Oxford University Church of St. Mary the Virgin.
From the Introduction written by Walter Hooper:
"The addresses are arranged chronologically except for (1) "The Weight of Glory" which is so magnificent that not only do I dare to consider it worthy of a place with some of the Church Fathers, but I fear I should be hanged by Lewis's admirers if it were not given primacy of place."
I would agree with Hooper that this sermon is "worthy of a place with some of the Church Fathers." Having something worthy of such a place might also mean the author should also be memorialized in such places as stained glass windows in a church? Above is a picture of the stained glass window at Holy Trinity Church at Headington Quarry, the parish church of Lewis.
Modern Church Father - C.S. Lewis?
Sunday, October 4, 2015
I had a "Buy One, Get One" coupon for Wonder Book and this was my find. I was so excited to see a book I have heard of only in legend. I knew C.S. Lewis' brother Warnie had written a few books on French history and I always assumed they were out of print. A quick look on Amazon does show they have one brand new copy available. This only proves I have never been interested in actually buying or reading the book and looking through the book now I will probably never read the whole thing. But I have it and for me that is what counts. As a matter of fact I have two copies. I bought one and got one free, they had two! While I will keep one for my Lewis Collection, if you are interested in the second it is for sale. Send me an email.
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Our next meeting will take place on Monday, October 26th - 6:15pm in the Conference Room at the library. We will be discussing The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses by C.S. Lewis. We will discuss Walter Hooper's Introduction and the first four addresses: "The Weight of Glory"; "Learning in War-Time"; "Why I am Not a Pacifist"; and "Transposition." We will discuss the remaining addresses during our November meeting.
Sunday, September 27, 2015
|I found this picture of Hooper and his cat, the Blessed Lucy of Narnia, at this website.|
One day before our next meeting (1st after Summer Break). The theme of the meeting is A Tribute to Walter Hooper. Unfortuantely, Mr. Hooper will not be in attendance. I neglected to even invite him. However, I have a brief slide show to introduce us to the man and his work and then I have a video lecture Hooper gave at a C.S. Lewis conference a few years ago. We will meet at 6:15pm in the Community Room at the library.