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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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Narnia Code – A Must Have!

If you have not read The Narnia Code or seen the video, you’ve got to do it.  Michael Ward has insights as to how Lewis composed the Narnian Chronicles that will transform the way you think about the books and … Continue reading

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A Hymn for the Weight of Glory sermon

This is the hymn that was sung at the service where Lewis preached his sermon, “The Weight of Glory.” Bright the vision that delighted Once the sight of Judah’s seer; Sweet the countless tongues united To entrance the prophet’s ear. … Continue reading

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A century of evil enchantment

Today, I received the following in an e-mail: I was wondering if you could answer a question for me please? Early in “Weight of Glory” Lewis says “And you and I have need of the strongest spell that can be found … Continue reading

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Further Up & In – Ptolemy and Lewis’ Imagination

I wrote this in Nov. of 2006; so, ten years later, thought I’d post it again. 🙂 My students have just gotten through Dante’s Inferno and Paradiso (we did not purposefully leave out the Purgatorio, but I should not take … Continue reading

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Lewis “festoons” the Lord’s Prayer

In Letters to Malcolm, numbers 3 and 4, Lewis tells us how he would add his own personal thought-associations to the phrases in the Lord’s Prayer.  These were things he wanted to remember as he used the prayer privately.  I’ve … Continue reading

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