Quote for the Day

“You can’t know,” said the girl. “You can only believe — or not.”

— C. S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

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About Carl McColman

Author of Befriending Silence, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.

  • Ellen N. Duell

    I am reminded that I have read that Carl Jung said, “I don’t believe, but I KNOW.”

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/carlmccolman/ Carl McColman

    Yes, and Richard Rohr often speaks about moving from believing to knowing. I think there is plenty to ponder here as we hold Lewis, Rohr, Jung, and perhaps The Cloud of Unknowing together in our hearts…

  • http://viereckschanze.blogspot.com trev

    From my favorite book in the series. :)

    It’s my feeling that Lewis delves more deeply into mysticism in this one than he does in the others. The whole dreamscape, journey-to-the-end-of-the-earth theme is very powerful, plumbing the unconscious and stirring up longing. I would’ve liked to have this part of the story come at the end, leaving the reader hanging a little bit as all good mystic epics (LOTR, Arthur) do.

    And I tend to hold Jung in my heart a lot. :)

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/carlmccolman/ Carl McColman

    Oh, VDT is definitely my favorite Narnia book as well! Immram meets the mystical life. Gotta love it.

  • lightbearer

    vdt i will read again
    my little girl just started magicians nephew tonight
    my older kids followed c.s.lewis with the visual…………..the matrix,star wars,avataretc