August 15, 2016

As discussed in an earlier blog entry, C. S. Lewis’s last book, The Discarded Image, introduces modern readers to the now-largely-lost medieval thought-world. It’s worth comparing a view that Lewis held of the way medievals thought with the view of Lewis’s long-time fr...

August 1, 2016

There’s a strand running through Lewis which observers and critics put down to his Christianity but which can be seen in other terms, at least initially. 

It is to do with the Big Question, or the idea that everything, all our daily lives, every other concern that we ha...

February 28, 2016

Education and aesthetics are bound together in mysterious ways, it seems. But how exactly? What do people mean when they talk about an ‘aesthetic education’? 

Here’s a good definition:

‘An aesthetic education is one that recognises the interconnectedness of body, mind, e...

January 27, 2016

 Though it will probably be common knowledge to you reading this, it came as a strange shock to me when, during my early teens, I discovered that C.S. Lewis, author of one of my favourite books The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, was close friends with J.R.R. Tolkien...

January 21, 2016

 

'Friendship ... is born at the moment when one man says to another “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .”' 

 

'Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art.... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to surviv...

December 23, 2015

 

Here are 14 facts about C. S. Lewis that you may or may not have known:

 

1. Clive Staples Lewis was born in Belfast, Ireland, on 29 November 1898. 

 

2. Shortly after his dog Jacksie was killed by a car in 1902, Lewis decided that his name was now ‘Jacksie', later becomi...

November 27, 2015

Voyage to Venus or Perelandra as it was originally called, provides in its opening chapter a perfect example of an author progressing from an accepted and ordinary reality that might be shared with readers to an encounter with the supernatural which would undoubtedly b...

November 19, 2015

On a clear, starlit night, go outside and look at the stars. 

Try to imagine what it was like looking up at the night sky in Mediaeval times -the stars were eternal and unchanging, occupying a perfect sphere next to God. 

See if you can see a planet (they are brighter an...

November 5, 2015

 

In class at school, in 1971, I sat next to a girl I’d never spoken to and had no real intention of getting to know. During a reading period, I scarcely paid any attention to what she was reading. Glancing over her arm, I saw what looked like a ‘girl’s book’, called Pr...

November 3, 2015

 

In 1975, my English teacher, one Mr. Sweeting, came up with the idea of a reading list from which we (his unforgiving class of 16-year-old Australians, amongst whom I was the shy, bookish, stranded Yorshireman) were to select items from which to read. The list was lon...

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