Quote To Ponder ~C.S. Lewis

“[In the Psalms] I find an experience fully God-centered, asking of God no gift more urgently than His presence, the gift of Himself, joyous to the highest degree, and unmistakably real.” ~C.S. Lewis

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Chesterton, Tertullian and C.S. Lewis on Arguments

Editor’s Note:  Thoughtful insights on respectful arguments and babble.

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With civil discourse in such short supply today, it may be beneficial to consider some wisdom from the past about disagreeing calmly.

If you’re a thoughtful person, and you interact with other rational people, it’s inevitable that you will sometimes disagree. These differences of opinion are not bad things, in and of themselves. They help us sharpen our thinking and occasionally result in someone (from either side) recognizing the errors in their opinions.

There are times, however, when disagreements are not handled respectfully. In such situations, they seldom result in a positive end. In cases where quarrels arise, people don’t persuade others. They do the opposite—they motivate them to entrench themselves and hide behind mental and verbal barricades that reinforce their “errors.”

You can go all the way back to the Scriptures to find the recognition that this sort of debate is destructive. Here is the counsel of the apostle…

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The Hobbit Is Turning 80. Here’s What Reviewers Said About It in 1937

The Hobbit Is Turning 80. Here's What Reviewers Said About It in 1937 Lily Rothman | Time Repost When the first edition of The Hobbit: or, There And Back Again was first published — 80 years ago, on Sept. 21, 1937 — C.S. Lewis famously called the book a "marvellous" classic-in-the-making, and the New York … Continue reading The Hobbit Is Turning 80. Here’s What Reviewers Said About It in 1937

C.S. Lewis and Poor Writers — Mere Inkling

C.S. Lewis seldom kept a secret his low opinion of poor writers. This wasn’t because he was a literary snob, it’s because he was a literary critic. Actually, the breadth of Lewis’ literary tastes was extraordinary. He didn’t expect texts to be more than what they purported to be, and could even enjoy the pulp […] … Continue reading C.S. Lewis and Poor Writers — Mere Inkling

C.S. Lewis and Military Service

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If you were going to enlist in the military, which branch of the armed forces would you choose? And why?

The choice would have great consequences. The simple fact is that despite their similar charters, not all branches are created equal. Your choice will influence countless aspects of your life, including your post-military employment options and even the likelihood of whether or not you’ll survive your enlistment.

Gallup recently completed research into which branch of the armed forces most Americans would encourage someone to join. The Air Force came out on top.

Americans hold all branches of the U.S. military in high regard, but that does not necessarily translate into a desire to see their loved ones enlist. Fewer than half would be likely to recommend joining the Coast Guard (48%), Marines (43%) or Army (41%) to their children or grandchildren, while a majority would be likely to recommend the Navy…

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3 Lessons About Mental Toughness You Can Learn From Yoda

3 Lessons About Mental Toughness You Can Learn From Yoda | Entrepreneur Repost TOR CONSTANTINO GUEST WRITER Former Journalist, Current PR Guy (wielding an MBA) You might never use the Force, but you can learn a couple of tricks from the little green Jedi. Yoda, Jedi Master and hand puppet, once said, “Do or do … Continue reading 3 Lessons About Mental Toughness You Can Learn From Yoda