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A Chronology. A Talk Delivered by Lewis on Sunday, October 22, 1939 At St. Mary the Virgin Church, Oxford Very early in World War Two See my essay on.

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1 A Chronology

2 A Talk Delivered by Lewis on Sunday, October 22, 1939 At St. Mary the Virgin Church, Oxford Very early in World War Two See my essay on the HarperCollins website But first, some earlier history

3 Some History Helen Darbishire: it would be advisable to ascertain, if possible, whether in the event of an international emergency, university education would continue, and, if so, on what basis. E. L. Mascall, Theology, January 1939, The Christian and the Next War Lewis, May 1939, The Conditions for a Just War September 1, 1939; September 3, 1939

4 Some Questions What question does Lewis ask? What is the use of beginning a task which we have so little chance of finishing? How does Lewis answer this question? We should not stop learning during war- time? What does war do to the human situation? It aggravates it, reminding us that we were not made for this world.

5 By the way... What is the purpose of education according to Lewis? (Irrigating Deserts, chapter 2) What is the task of the modern educator according to Lewis?

6 More Questions How did Lewis operate as a soldier during World War One? Answer: He read books in his spare time. What Scripture does Lewis cite for encouraging learning in war-time? Answer: 1 Cor. 10:31, So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

7 A Tolerable Index What three factors are a tolerable index of ones vocation? Ones upbringing Ones talents Ones circumstances

8 Three Mental Exercises What three mental exercises does Lewis offer to help the scholar during war-time? Self-control instead of excitement Faith instead of frustration Sobriety instead of fear Why?


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