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The Lewis Legacy-Issue 61, Summer 1994 Notes and Quotes

I’m not recommending foolhardiness or bravado. I don’t think that’s what [the four rescuers of Reginal Denny during the Los Angeles riots] were engaged in. I think they were engaged in moral action and moral choice. This strikes me as especially notable in a time when there is so little bravery available for generous purposes and so much bungee-jumping type Read More ›

Screwed Again

A satirical but factually true book review published in The Wittenburg Door, April-May 1976. AS I WAS HAVING DINNER with Dick Ostling, religion editor of Time magazine, recently, he asked me what I thought about the ads for Walter Martin’s new book Screwtape Writes Again. “When I was having tea with Owen Barfield (C.S. Lewis’s solicitor) in London recently, I Read More ›

Kilns “Restoration Project” Places Five-Foot Cross in Red Tile Roof

As the Kilns myth grows, naively sentimental writers sometimes refer to C.S. Lewis’s no-nonsense red brick house as a “fairy-tale cottage” set in a “magic wood.” The film “Shadowlands” romanticizes it as elegantly picturesque (and brickless). In reality, since Maureen Dunbar sold the front yard of the Kilns to a housing developer, Kilns charm exists only in the minds of Read More ›

Remembering John Wain Oxford Professor of Poetry, Pupil of C. S. Lewis

The Sunday Telegraph, 15 January 1989 John Wain was born March 1925 and died 24 May 1994. Fellow-poet Peter Levi wrote, “Who will speak of his sweetness, untidiness, scholarship, or deep, deep generosity? Of the clarity and perfect phrasing of his letters, of his genius for friendship?” Wain described the relationship between Hooper and Lewis as like ivy growing over Read More ›

Personal View: John Wain — Sunday Times, 11 September 1988

…I remember the first time an American university lecturer remarked to me innocently, “I teach Auden.” My impulse was to reply, “Yes? And what d’you teach him?” That was 30 years ago. I would not have that impulse today, when we are all taught and “done” and bundled up and handed out as part of a package of Education. Does Read More ›

Forged Documents Review

Edited by Pat Bozeman Cloth, 180 pages, 3 b&w illustrations.OAK KNOLL BOOKS, ISBN 0-938768-22-0 * Price $25.00 In the past few years the world of rare books and manuscripts has been severely shaken by a number of highly publicized cases of forgery. The media has been most attracted to the Mormon document forgeries of Mark Hofmann which ended in bombings Read More ›

Washington’s Bogeymen

Big Government and Mass Media always feed on fear of monsters. While politicians promise to protect the people from the dreaded private sector, leading newspapers such as the Washington Post and network shows such as “60 Minutes” chime in with continuing reports on the economy as seen from the shores of Loch Ness. Peering through the shifting, inscrutable murk of Read More ›

Teaching intelligent design as religion or science?

Imagine yourself the head of Christian education for a large local church. Suppose that among its many ministries the church operates a high school. Let us say the high school has been existence for a number of years, and has until now encountered no difficulties with state certification boards. Unfortunately, this happy state of affairs is about to change. Recently Read More ›

Is Intelligent Design a Dumb Idea?

Introduction: How is this becoming a “current problem”? The notion of “intelligent design” for explaining what we see in the world of living things — including ourselves — is becoming a matter of open controversy of late. For example, in policy statements from the National Association of Biology Teachers and the National Science Teachers Association (available on the Internet), you’ll Read More ›