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The Lewis Legacy-Issue 81, Summer 1999

Notes and Quotes

* “When Catholicism goes bad it becomes the world-old, world-wide religioof aults and holy places and priest craft; Protestantism, in its
corresponding decay, becomes a vague mist of ethical platitudes.” –The
Allegory of Love — a foretaste of Till We Have Faces?

* “I enjoyed myself greatly at Oxford, made friends, talked late into the
night, and even worked sometimes, and work included lectures by both C. S.
Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien. The subject of the lectures and tutorials was
always literature or philology–we wouldn’t have dared ask those two great
men about their own work!–but the example they set by being both great and
serious scholars, and writers of fantasy and books for children was not
lost on me.” — Jill Paton Walsh, prizewinning author and friend of Lewis
lover Katherine Paterson. “Her writing is studded with allusions to poetry,
art and philosophy that give it an intellectual framework unmatched in
children’s literature.”

* “I recommend against publishing this book, because such honesty and
truth-telling could only be destructive.” A pre-publication response to
Thedore Pappas’ 1998 book Plagiarism and the Culture War

* “The first thing Christians must do as apostles of the truth is to tell
the truth. Psychiatrist M. Scott Peck inverts this principle in his study
of human evil [The People of the Lie]. He has found in his research and
clinical practice that those human beings who, from their hearts, resist
the good and prefer evil to a degree notable even among fallen human
beings, give themselves away in one particular symptom: they habitually
lie. Out of their ‘malignant narcissism,’ or what Cristian tradition has
more bluntly called pride, hey refuse to submit to reality, and so they
attempt to twist it, to shape it according to their own preferences. They
lie even when they don’t have to, because, in a sense, they do have to:
they must assert their primacy at all costs, in every instance.” –John G.
Stackhouse, Jr.