Fw: [SpareOom] smoking and drinking and Narnia too!
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> Tony Campolo shared the following encounter during the C. S.LewisDiamond Proudbrook
> conference held in Oxford last week:
> He boarded a train in Birmingham bound for Oxford and began preparing
> for his sermon; as he did so a lady asked him where he was going, he
> replied," to the C.S.Lewis Conference in Oxford." She responded
> excitedly," Oh we are just getting into his writings at our church, he
> is wonderful." "Just- getting into them?" enquired a puzzled Tony
> Campolo. "Yes" she relied, "You see we are Plymouth Brethren and we
> heard that he drank beer and smoked a pipe so we were not encouraged to
> read him." "So what changed?" enquired Campolo. "Well he is dead now
> isn't he." "Yes." replied Campolo. "but what has that to do with it?"
> "Well he isn't drinking or smoking anymore is he."
On 3/1/1944, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote:
'Peterborough' [a newspaper columnist], usually fairly reasonable, did
[Lewis] the doubtful honour of a peculiarly misrepresentative and asinine
paragraph in the Daily Telegraph of Tuesday last. It began 'Ascetic Mr
Lewis'----!!! I ask you! He put away three pints in a very short session we
had this morning, and said he was 'going short for Lent.'
On a similar subject, Walter Hooper reports that in 1953 Bob Jones Jr. (of
Bob Jones University) tried to get his mind around Lewis, and said:
"That man smokes a pipe, and that man drinks liquor--but I do believe he is