“In our world,” said Eustace, “a star is a huge ball of flaming gas.” Even in your world, my son, that is not what a star is, but only what it is made of.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
I believe I memorized this quote the first time I read it, as I bounded through the Chronicles of Narnia in two weeks in the middle of summer as a young boy. At the time, the quote opened my eyes to the wonder of what we sometimes refer to disdainfully as “the material world,” i.e., the majestic creation which is filled with the glory of the Creator. It still reminds me of that truth, but also is a classic example of how deftly Lewis could marry deep logical thought to the beauty of succinct grammar and effective rhetoric. After I complete my series on Tolkien’s Silmarillion, I will begin adding more posts on Lewis, but in the mean time, here are two blog posts I wrote in honoor of Lewis’s birthday and the anniversary of his death.