Wednesday, October 01, 2014

31 Days of C. S. Lewis

You may have heard of the 31 Day blogging challenge. I've wanted to do it in years past, and now I finally am! Well, I am going to try anyway... I probably should have done this last year before I had quite as many things on my plate as I do now, but oh well. I'm sure it comes as no surprise that I chose C. S. Lewis as my topic/theme.

Index of Posts:
Day 1: Intro Post / Index
Day 2. C. S. Lewis on Longing (In "The Weight of Glory")
Day 3. C. S. Lewis on Sehnsucht (Longing and Desire in The Weight of Glory)
Day 4. C. S. Lewis Audio Recordings
Day 5: C. S. Lewis Online Resources
Day 6: C. S. Lewis: The Intolerable Compliment (The Problem of Pain)
Day 7: C. S. Lewis: What is "The Weight of Glory"?
Day 8: C. S. Lewis: The Great Divorce and The Weight of Glory
Day 9: C. S. Lewis: A Grief Observed
Day 10: C. S. Lewis, Myth, and Postmodernism
Day 11: C. S. Lewis, Myth, and Postmodernism (Part 2)
Day 12: C. S. Lewis and Postmodernism (Part 3 - Conclusion)
Day 13: C. S. Lewis: The Grand Miracle (Myth and Allusions)
Day 14: C. S. Lewis: Is Theology Poetry? (Part 1: More on Myth)
Day 15: C. S. Lewis: Is Theology Poetry? (Part 2: Metaphors, Symbols, and Science)
Day 16: C. S. Lewis and The Trilemma Argument in Mere Christianity
Day 17: C. S. Lewis's Baptized Imagination (Why I love C. S. Lewis)
Day 18: C.S. Lewis: Brief Biography (Part 1)
Day 19: C.S. Lewis: Brief Biography: Did you know? (Part 2)
Day 20: C. S. Lewis: The Chronicles of Narnia Correct Reading Order
Day 21: C. S. Lewis: Why The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is my favorite Narnia Book (Part 1)
Day 22: C. S. Lewis: The Undragoning of Eustace (Why Voyage of the Dawn Treader is my favorite Narnia Book - Part 2)
Day 23: C. S. Lewis: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (The Lion and the Lamb)
Day 24: C. S. Lewis: The Silver Chair - Hope in Darkness
Day 25: C. S. Lewis's First and Final Short Story (A Review of Light by Charlie W. Starr)
Day 26: C. S. Lewis on Reading
Day 27: Courage, Dear Heart
Day 28: C. S. Lewis and Santa Claus?
Day 29: C. S. Lewis Bloggers
Day 30:
Day 31: The Books that Read Us: C. S. Lewis

The first few posts will probably focus on passages from The Weight of Glory and other Addresses, since I just finished re-reading it.

For today I will just share this quote which really resonated with me for what may be fairly obvious reasons:

“The intellectual life is not the only road to God, nor the safest, but we find it to be a road, and it may be the appointed road for us. Of course, it will be so only so long as we keep the impulse pure and disinterested. That is the great difficulty. That is the great difficulty. As the author of the Theologia Germanicai says, we may come to love knowledge -- our knowing -- more than the thing known: to delight not in the exercise of our talents but in the fact that they are ours, or even in the reputation they bring us. Every success in the scholar's life increases this danger. If it becomes irresistible, he must give up his scholarly work. The time for plucking our the right eye has arrived. “ 
- C.S. Lewis, "Learning in War-Time" in The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses

As one who identifies as an intellectual and has just begun seminary, I recognize the danger Lewis speaks of here. God forbid that I ever come to love knowledge about God more than God himself.

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