The Inklings: A Brotherhood of encouragement

The Inklings was an informal literary discussion group associated with the University of Oxford, England, for nearly two decades between the early 1930s and late 1949.

Two of its most famous members were C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.

Readings and discussions of the members’ unfinished works were the principal purposes of meetings. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, Lewis’s Out of the Silent Planet, and Williams’s All Hallows’ Eve were among the novels first read to the Inklings. [Wikipedia]

As Oxford teachers, scholars, men of faith and fiction writers, they were not shy about expressing his views about knowledge, truth and education.

Lewis:

Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.

And then she understood the devilish cunning of the enemies’ plan. By mixing a little truth with it they had made their lie far stronger.

God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.

If we cut up beasts simply because they cannot prevent us and because we are backing our own side in the struggle for existence, it is only logical to cut up imbeciles, criminals, enemies, or capitalists for the same reason.

When a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor’s stead, the table would crack and Death itself would start working backwards.

It matters enormously if I alienate anyone from the truth.

Tolkien:

So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their ending.

The burned hand teaches best.

It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.


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