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Odds and Ends about Esteeming the Traditional Anglican liturgy

C. S. Lewis appreciated the Anglican Prayer Book liturgy, but did not insist that changes could not be made to it.  Change was alright if truly warranted theologically and done slowly and incrementally.  His main concern was not being distracted … Continue reading

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The book is done

The book is done and is now available on Amazon.com and Kindle (though separately – you’ll have to search for the Kindle). See  oldnarniabooks.com for links to both.  UPDATE: 5 July: Feel free to share this post

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The Forty-Two Articles of 1553 – A Selection

I am trying to get back to finishing up my book of prayers on the Thirty-Nine Articles.  I have thought it would be a good thing to read for Lent, but 39 falls one day short.  The idea came to … Continue reading

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Making Our Doubts Worse

Today is the first Sunday after Easter Sunday, and if, instead of sitting here in this building today, we had been among those first disciples on the first Sunday following the resurrection, we would have had Thomas, the twin, with … Continue reading

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Changing Your Mind About God

It should be no surprise to us that sometimes we need to adjust our thinking about God.  Is he not in his being beyond our mental categories?  When C. S. Lewis became England’s most reluctant convert – as he describes … Continue reading

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Craving your patience

Dear Gentle Reader, I apologize for not having updates recently.  I am in the throes of buying and moving into a new house and my time is just swept away.  I will finish my comments on The Discarded Image in … Continue reading

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Discarded Image, Ch. 4

In the chapter, “Selected Materials, The Seminal Period,” Lewis introduces us to those authors whose works did indeed sew the seeds of what grew into the Medieval Model of the universe – that imaginative framework which had an “emotional effect” … Continue reading

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The Discarded Image, Ch. 3

In this chapter, Lewis surveys important classical works read by Medievals.  Elements of the Medieval mind gleaned from this chapter are: 1 The Platonism they held was limited in scope and filtered down to them through other writers; they only … Continue reading

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The Discarded Image – ch.’s 1 & 2

Lewis’ The Discarded Image is meant to be something of a manual for reading Medieval literature.  Lewis’ goal is to inform us about the Medieval mind so that we will be able to appreciate and understand Medieval literature “from the … Continue reading

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My Favourite Place to Read and Write

If you will look in the center of this picture, you’ll see a round table by the closed French doors, with a wrought iron base and a slate top. The 2 chairs are hidden. The shop is Jacobs and Field … Continue reading

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