Monthly Archives: May 2013

A Poetic Tribute to The Great Knock

In an October 2012 blog, “A Tribute to a Mentor,” I told the story of C.S. Lewis’ great teacher, William Kirkpatrick. He was called “The Great Knock” by the Lewis family, and he absolutely transformed C.S. Lewis’ way of thinking. … Continue reading

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“The Planets” in C.S. Lewis’ Writing

It does not take long for a serious reader of C.S. Lewis to realize that he was in love with cosmology—the planets and the stars as they sit within the vast expanse of space. His first popular fiction was science … Continue reading

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A Statistical Look at C.S. Lewis’ Letter Writing

I have often heard that C.S. Lewis is one of the great letter writers of history. I can hardly make any comparison; the only other letter collections I have on my shelf are single volumes by J.R.R. Tolkien, Dylan Thomas, … Continue reading

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The Effect of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Mythopoeia

I am often asked what brought me into the worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. While I do love the books, it wasn’t Narnia that first captured my imagination as a thinker. It wasn’t even the world of Middle … Continue reading

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What Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress Teaches us about English and Education

One of my first posts on A Pilgrim in Narnia was the confession that I had not really ever read John Bunyan’s classic The Pilgrim’s Progress (1678). I’m pretty sure I had pretended to read it. I had played the … Continue reading

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Was C.S. Lewis Wrong about His Own Conversion?

C.S. Lewis’ conversion to Christianity is one of the 21st century’s classic spiritual stories. And the moment of his final, reluctant yielding to a belief in God has been often repeated: “You must picture me alone in that room in … Continue reading

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On the Shoulders of Giants: C.S. Lewis’ Preface to “The Allegory of Love” (1935)

I’ve talked before about the value of reading the prefaces and introductions to books. It’s amazing how much we miss when we skip them. I’m a big fan of the fore-matter. C.S. Lewis’ preface to The Allegory of Love (1936) … Continue reading

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