Past Watchful Dragons: The Chronicles of Narnia and the Baptized Imagination

Columbia Presbyterian Church & The C. S. Lewis Society are pleased to present: An evening with Terry Glaspey –Author of Not a Tame Lion – The Spiritual Legacy of C. S. Lewis. Saturday evening, August 22nd at Columbia Presbyterian Church.

Terry will examine how the writings of C. S. Lewis prepare the reader for an intellectual and experiential encounter with the living God.

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C.S. Lewis SW Regional Retreat Early Bird Discount Expires Soon!

From the 1930s to the 1940s, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and their friends and fellow writers met to share good fellowship and their creative works-in-progress. Known as the “Inklings,” they produced some of the most beloved works of the 20th century.

Join Diana Pavlac Glyer, author of The Company They Keep: C.S. Lewis & J.R.R. Tolkien as Writers in Community, as she invites us to explore the Inklings’ friendship and the influence it had on their lives. She will encourage us to respond to God’s call to community and discover that we are refreshed and inspired as we connect with others.

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C. S. Lewis 2009 Tour needs 10 more participants

C.S. LewisThe C. S. Lewis Society is delighted to present “The Path of C. S. Lewis and British Christianity,” a nine-day educational tour of England, May 31st through June 8th, 2009. With its main focus on Oxford and Cambridge, the trip has been designed to touch minds and hearts –to inform and transform. By tracing the remarkable spread of the gospel in Great Britain and beyond-and C.S. Lewis’s unique role in that advance-we seek to inspire a vision of what God can do yet again, facing today’s challenges.

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Logos: C.S. Lewis Society (12/8/08)

We’re starting up our regular C.S. Lewis Society updates again! People really tend to like these, and they help to raise awareness of Lewis Societies all over the United States. This is the December 2008 newsletter of the C.S. Lewis Society of California: Logos.

    In This Issue:
    1. New BBC Documentary, The Narnia Code
    2. Other Narnia News
    3. Upcoming C.S. Lewis Society Events

1. BBC Documentary, The Narnia Code:

The BBC is producing the new documentary by Norman Stone, The Narnia Code, based on the seminal book by Michael Ward, Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C. S. Lewis (Oxford University Press) for airing at Easter 2009. Dr. Ward and the book were featured at the C.S. Lewis Society of California’s special screening of the recent film, Prince Caspian, on May 17, 2008, at San Francisco’s Metreon. Stone won a BAFTA and an Emmy for his 1984 BBC production of C. S. Lewis Through the Shadowlands.

“Secret theme behind Narnia Chronicles is based upon the stars, says new research: The hidden theme behind C. S. Lewis’ Narnia books has finally been uncovered, according to a BBC documentary,” by Alastair Jamieson (London Telegraph, November 30, 2008)

“Documentary to lay bare ‘Narnia Code’,” by Alison Flood (Guardian, December 2, 2008)

2. Other Narnia News:

A. Prince Caspian Released on 3 Disc Special Edition (DVD and Blue-ray Disc):

“Newly Released ‘Prince Caspian’ DVD Takes Movie Fans Behind the Magic,” by Josh Kimball (Christian Post, December 2, 2008)

“‘Prince Caspian’ DVD hits stores tomorrow,” by Bob Beltz (San Francisco Examiner, December 1, 2008)

“The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian 3-Disc Special Edition DVD Review,” by Michael Weyer (411mania.com, December 5, 2008)

B. New Book Presents Skeptic’s Appreciation of The Chronicles of Narnia:

Numerous articles are currently appearing on the new book by Salon.com’s book critic Laura Miller, The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia. In the book, Ms. Miller recounts her childhood love for The Chronicles of Narnia, only to turn away from from them as a non-Christian young adult, and later to return to them with skeptical admiration. Along the way, she has come to appreciate Lewis’s immense accomplishment in the Narniad, but largely believes that this relates solely to Lewis’s use of pre-Christian legends and symbols and that the Christian imagery was inappropriate and a “betrayal” (a view she incidentally does not hold for Philip Pullman’s bluntly anti-Christian Dark Materials trilogy). Her error lies in failing to appreciate Lewis’s (and J.R.R. Tolkien’s, Charles Williams’s and G.K. Chesterton’s) deeper point that all truly good literature, including ancient legend, reflects shadowings of Christian truths. For Lewis, the difference between standard myth and Christianity is not that the former is more authentic myth, but that Christianity is most authentically what Tolkien called “true myth,” in which the truths embedded in those legends, which althougth untrue have inspired and thrilled generations for millenia, became all too real in the true story of Jesus Christ.

Indeed, it was this insight by Lewis that was a major factor in his conversion in becoming a Christian. Although having much to be admired, Ms. Miller’s book really is a reflection of her own biases and limitations as a agnostic/modernist journalist, and she would do well to dig deeper into Lewis’s own scholarly writings on this matter, as well as Michael Ward’s superb book, Planet Narnia. In so doing, she (as with both Philip Pullman and Tokien himself) misinterprets numerous aspects of the Narniad stories, predictably based on her ignorance both of the classic literature Lewis was drawing upon and the “Medieval model” Ward reveals is at the heart of the books. Lewis’s Narniad has been so extremely popular because of its profoundly effective and sophisticated integration of enduring truths of the yearning of all mankind for what Lewis rightly called “Joy,” which leads us on a path directly to Christianity.

“A Return to Narnia: Adored in childhood, reconsidered in adulthood and finally embraced,” by Meghan Cox Gurdon (Wall Street Journal, December 6, 2006)

The Magician’s Book: Actual Smart Things About C.S. Lewis (and J.R.R. Tolkien),” by Lev Grossman (Time, December 1, 2008)

“A spy in the house of Narnia,” by Rebecca Traister (Salon.com, December 7, 2008)

3. Upcoming C.S. Lewis Society Events:

C.S. Lewis Society Bay Area Book and Film Club (See year-long schedule here)
Meets bi-weekly Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.
The upcoming meeting will be held at:

    • God in the Dock is a wonderful book of forty-eight essays and twelve letters written by Lewis between 1940 and 1963. Ranging from popular newspaper pieces to learned defenses of Christian faith, these essays cover topics as varied as the logic of theism, good and evil, miracles, religion and science, ethics and politics, and much more. “These two characteristics in Lewis—the searching mind and the poetic spirit—are readily evident. . . . Here the reader finds the tough-minded polemicist relishing the debate; here too the kindly teacher explaining a complex abstraction by means of clarifying analogies; here the public speaker addressing his varied audience with all the humility and grace of a man who knows how much more remains to be known.”
      —New York Times Book Review

      God in the Dock is available in paperback, on CDs, on audio cassettes, or online.

  • 11990 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94619 (atop the Oakland hills)
    RSVP: 510-482-2906 phone
    Wine, beer, soft drinks and other refreshments servedDecember 10 and 17: Discussion:
    God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics, by C.S. Lewis
    Leader/moderator: Frank and Lucia La Rocca

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For yourself and others, you can order books by or about C.S. Lewis, as well as videos and DVDs plus audio tapes and CDs.

Logos is made possible by the generous contributions of Members of the C.S. Lewis Society. If you enjoy Logos, please consider becoming a Member and making a donation to the C.S. Lewis Society. Click here for details on the C.S. Lewis Society Membership program, or contact us by phone at 510-635-6892,or by snail mail to C. S. Lewis Society of California, 100 Swan Way, Suite 200, Oakland, CA 94621-1428. All contributions are tax-deductible. Thank you!

-David J. Theroux

E-Chronicles of the C.S. Lewis Foundation – 09-09-08

I know this is a bit late, but here’s last week’s update from the C.S. Lewis Foundation! Enjoy it! (If you have a C.S. Lewis Society, and have a newsletter or would like to promote your group, e-mail us.)

Oxbridge 2008 a Success!

Greetings to all! Oxbridge 2008 is now officially over, and we hope that all of you who attended enjoyed safe travel back to your homes. A hearty thanks to both Oxbridge alumni and to those who have yet to go but generously donated their time, money, and prayers to help make it all possible. It made all the difference!

We have been processing all of the evaluations and the overwhelming consensus declares it a resounding success. We have been greatly encouraged by all of you who shared the many ways in which Oxbridge nourished you both intellectually and spiritually. To God be the glory!

Now that the summer is over, we are beginning to redirect our energies in preparation for other exciting programs and initiatives. Oxbridge serves as a source of enormous inspiration and instruction that informs so much of our work. It has the ultimate intention to inform and direct our outreach in many other areas, all of which contribute towards fulfilling our mission to advance the rich legacy of C.S. Lewis through “the renewal of Christian thought and creative expression throughout the world of learning and the culture at large.”

As a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, we depend upon your partnership to help us reach out to those around us. Please keep reading below to discover the exciting ways in which both alumni and friends of the Foundation can join together to make the most of the Oxbridge experience!

In particular, keep a close eye on your inbox for an announcement about the launch of our new online communities where you can contact others, share photos, participate in message board discussions, post related links and articles, and do much more.

CDs of Oxbridge 2008 to Be Produced Soon – Order Now!

Whether you want to buy your friend or spouse that “perfect Christmas gift,” refresh your memory of your favorite talk, make up for the morning you missed, or simply bring a taste of Oxford and Cambridge to your morning commute, the audio recordings from Oxbridge 2008 are currently in production and ready to be ordered for your listening pleasure! Individual talks and services are available, as well as our handsome double boxed sets. Orders should be placed by September 19th to ensure fast shipping, but individual orders can be made at any time. Click on this link to place your order right now: http://www.cslewis.org/resources/audio.html

C.S. Lewis Southwest Regional Retreat – Sign up Now!

Do you want a glimpse of the Inklings experience of fellowship in mind, soul, and body? Are you looking to reconnect with the friends you made this summer in England? Then join with friends old and new at beautiful Camp Allen in Navasota, Texas, October 31 to November 2!

“Redeeming the Time: Overcoming Screwtape in our Everyday Lives”: With wit and insight, C.S. Lewis’ landmark book, The Screwtape Letters, reveals many ways in which evil can take hold, both within and without. In this intimate woodland retreat, join Professor Ralph Wood of Baylor University as he imparts lessons from Lewis on how to better perceive and resist the snares of Screwtape in our everyday lives. Also featuring worship with Rev. Michael Wyckoff, break-out sessions with Lewis scholars Louis Markos and Andrew Lazo, and performances by Ad Deum Dance Company, this retreat will challenge your mind, refresh your body, and renew your spirit! www.cslewis.org/programs/regional/sw/2008/index.html.

Donate Today to Support the Foundation in Its Strategic Mission

Your gift will enable Christian faculty, administrators, and trustees serving in colleges and universities across the U.S., Canada and abroad, to make a real difference where it counts – within the lecture halls and classrooms of our nation’s campuses, right where our future leaders are being formed. In addition, your gift will support the C.S. Lewis Foundation’s efforts to challenge and nurture our churches in supporting this strategic outreach to the university world.

Donate online using our secure gift program. For your convenience, we are able to accept donations made via credit cards and direct debit from your checking account. Begin the process by clicking here. Alternately, you may donate over the phone by calling toll-free 1-888-CSLEWIS Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time. Or donate through the mail by sending your donation to C.S. Lewis Foundation, P.O. Box 8008, Redlands, CA 92375

Our Needs List – Contribute to the Work of this Ministry!

Our programs, including the C.S. Lewis Study Centre at The Kilns in Oxford, CSLF Internship Program, Faculty Forum, and Oxbridge Summer Institute, have need of the following equipment:

(2) 15 in. or larger flat panel/LCD monitor (est. $189 each)

(1) Special request for our out-of-state volunteer Interns serving at the C.S. Lewis Foundation main office in Redlands, CA: We have need of a car, used or new, to be used by Foundation Interns in commuting to the office (model year 2000 or newer with automatic transmission preferred.)

Please prayerfully consider supporting our ministry in this way and joining us in our mission to promote the legacy of C.S. Lewis!

If you would like to sign up to receive future e-mails from the C.S. Lewis Foundation about their news and events, please click here: C.S. Lewis Foundation Contact Page

LOGOS: The C.S. Lewis Society Update (3/18/08)

Please note the following in this issue of LOGOS: The C.S. Lewis Society Update (3/18/08):
http://www.lewissociety.org

1. Narnia News
2. Harper Collins Revamps C.S. Lewis Website and Blog
3. New Journal
4. Next meetings of the C.S. Lewis Society Bay Area Book Club
5. Other Events

1. Narnia News:

A. A massive interactive, 10,000-square-foot, educational exhibit, “The Chronicles of Narnia: International Museum Exhibition,” will premiere June 2008 at internationally renowned museums and learning institutions in a minimum of 10 cities around the world over a five-year span. The exhibit will allow visitors to enter three-dimensional settings of myth, magic and adventure that so embodied Lewis’s fantasy world.

Becker Group Announces Epic ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: International Museum Exhibition’ in Partnership with Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and Walden Media” (Earth Times)

B. In a poll to determine the best children’s books of all time and conducted among 4,000 parents, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, the most famous in the Narnia series, was selected as the topmost book, beating out Harry Potter (Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince was ranked sixth) and others. The poll was conducted by Booktrust in England.

Harry Potter straggles in a ‘disappointing’ sixth in children’s books poll” (Daily Mail)

Potter Loses Out to Narnia, Others” (NewKerala)

C. Here also is the web site for the forthcoming, second film in the Narnia series, PRINCE CASPIAN, which will premiere May 16th: Narnia.com

2. Harper Collins Revamps C.S. Lewis Website and Adds New Blog:

According to Devin Brown (Professor of English, Asbury College): “Harper Collins, the publisher for most of C. S. Lewis’s books, has completed a wonderful new make-over of its Lewis website: www.cslewis.com. Among the new features are a new C. S. Lewis Discussion Board and a C. S. Lewis Books Blog featuring new articles from Lewis scholars around the world. Viewers can read and comment on the articles as they appear. The scholars involved in this project are Sarah Arthur, Robin Baker, Devin Brown, Andrew Cuneo, David Downing, Bruce Edwards, Diana Glyer, Dan Hamilton, Joel Heck, Zach Kincaid, Don King, David Naugle, David Theroux, Jerry Root, Leland Ryken, and Michael Ward.”

http://www.cslewis.com/

3. New Journal:

Founded by Tyler Fisher in January 2004 as a newsletter of the Oxford University C.S. Lewis Society, current editor Judith Tonning has expanded THE CHRONICLE into a full journal. The new issue includes an essay on Lewis’s views on women; a critical commentary on THE ABOLITION OF MAN; a piece of fiction by Lewis’s mother, Flora Hamilton Lewis, edited by Walter Hooper and published here for the first time, and other items.

The journal’s Table of Contents can be viewed, and orders made, online here.

4. The next meetings of the C.S. Lewis Society Bay Area Book Club will be as follows:
http://www.lewissociety.org/bookclub.php

Book for Discussion:

ORTHODOXY, by G. K. Chesterton:

Wednesday, March 19, 7:30 p.m.; Meeting moderator/leader: Andrew Dosa

Wednesday, April 2, 7:30 p.m.; Meeting moderator/leader: Andrew Dosa

In his scintillating prose, G.K. Chesterton, one of the 20th century’s greatest writers, explains the values and ideals that constitute the foundation of Christianity. Chesterton adopts an informal style in his arguments in favor of faith as an affirmation of human freedom — with ample doses of analogy, imagery, personal anecdotes, and humor. ORTHODOXY is a masterpiece of language and faith.

Here is an online outline of the book.

The meetings will be held at:

11990 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94619 (atop the Oakland hills)

510-482-2906 phone

wine, soft drinks and other refreshments served

Here also are numerous articles on ORTHODOXY:

ORTHODOXY: Chesterton on the ‘Delight’ OF Truth,” by James V. Schall

A Review of ORTHODOXY by G.K. Chesterton” by Frederick Meekins

G.K. Chesterton: Champion of Orthodoxy,” by Joseph Pearce

ORTHODOXY,” by Wikipedia

A Review of ORTHODOXY by G.K. Chesterton“, by Philip K. Weingart

ORTHODOXY is available in paperback

ORTHODOXY is available on CD

ORTHODOXY is available on audio tape

ORTHODOXY is available free as an online book

ORTHODOXY is available as a free MP3 audio download

ORTHODOXY is available as a free m4b audio format for the iPod and iTunes

Here also is the schedule of future Lewis Society book club meetings:
http://www.lewissociety.org/bookclub.php

Here also is information on C.S. Lewis:
http://www.lewissociety.org/aboutlewis.php

We hope that you and/or others you know will be joining with us! (Please feel free to forward this update to others.)

5. Other Events:
http://www.lewissociety.org/events.php

The God Question: A Debate Between Dinesh D’Souza and Michael Shermer
California State University, Fresno
April 18, 2008

Sixth Frances Ewbank Colloquium on C.S. Lewis & Friends
Sponsored by Taylor University, Upland, IN
May 29-June 1, 2008

“LionCon: A Narnian Convention
Sponsored by LionCall.org
June 20-22, 2008

Charles Williams and His Contemporaries
Sponsored by The Charles Williams Society
Sr. Hilda’s College, Oxford, England
July 4-6, 2008

Oxbridge 2008: The Self and the Search for Meaning
Sponsored by the C.S. Lewis Foundation
Oxford University, July 28 – August 2, 2008
Cambridge University, August 3-8, 2008

Please contact me with any questions.

Best regards,

David

David J. Theroux
Founder and President
C. S. Lewis Society of California
100 Swan Way, Suite 200
Oakland, CA 94621-1428
(510) 635-6892 Phone
(510) 568-6040 Fax
http://www.lewissociety.org

Founder and President
The Independent Institute
(510) 632-1366 Phone
http://www.independent.org

C.S. Lewis Society Update (2/15/08)

Please note the following in this issue of the C.S. Lewis Society Update (2/15/08):
http://www.lewissociety.org

1. C.S. Lewis in TV’s “Lost”
2. Recent Articles
3. New Books
4. Next meetings of the C.S. Lewis Society Bay Area Book Club
5. Other Events

1. C.S. Lewis in TV’s “Lost”:

The extremely popular ABC-TV series of mystery, spirituality and intrigue with a group of people marooned on a desert island, “Lost,” is now in its fourth season. And in episode two, the program is revealing remarkable clues that point to C.S. Lewis’s influence. For example, when Ben noted that Charlotte’s complete name is “Charlotte Staples Lewis,” the blogosphere utterly lit up about Lewis, with people pointing out the connections to Lewis’s books, PRINCE CASPIAN and PERELANDRA. Such suggestions have arisen before, especially in the first season, when the original program was produced by Christian film producer Ralph Winter, who is also currently producing the film version of THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS. Here are example articles:

Tiddlywinkydinks: Perelandra Lost” (Inner Toob)

Lost’s Second Episode Reveals More Clues,” by Sonja Zjawinski (Wired News)

‘Lost’: Chute First, Ask Questions Later,” by Jeff Jensen (Entertainment Weekly)

2. Recent Articles:

A. Here is another article from the author of the important, new book, PLANET NARNIA (Oxford University Press):

“C. S. Lewis and the Star of Bethlehem: Recovering the Medieval Imagination,” by Michael Ward (Christianity Today)
http://www.christianitytoday.com/bc/2008/001/15.30.html

B. Is the warning in C.S. Lewis’s dystopian science fiction book THAT HIDEOUS STRENGTH coming true in Britain? In the book, Lewis conceived of a government-funded scientistic think tank, the National Institute for Coordinated Experiments (N.I.C.E.), which would rule society absolutely according to eugenic, utilitarian principles. Incredibly enough, in 1999, the Labor government established the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (N.I.C.E.) with special powers to determine the treatments in Britain’s government-funded health system. As Elizabeth Woodeson, head of scientific development and bioethics at the Department of Health has stated, “The Secretary of State believes that…clinicians should be able to follow the N.I.C.E. [quality of life] guidelines without being obliged to accede to patient demands.” The result for example was the decision to withhold food and water from Leslie Burke, who was suffering from a degenerative motor neurone disease, with Burke filing a lawsuit in response in order to save his life:

Commentary: Britain’s N.I.C.E. Think Tank Not So Nice – C.S. Lewis’ Prophesy Comes Eerily True,” by Hilary White (LifeSite)

C. Review of Dinesh D’Souza’s bestselling book, WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT CHRISTIANITY:

God’s Advocate: Dinesh D’Souza goes the distance with the atheists,” by Peter Wehner (Weekly Standard)

D. For decades, the world’s leading atheist (and David Hume) scholar Antony Flew attacked theism as irrational. In his new book, THERE IS A GOD, he reveals why he has changed his mind and has abandoned atheism. Here is an interview with him:

My Pilgrimage from Atheism to Theism: A Discussion between Antony Flew and Gary Habermas

3. New Books:

SURPRISED BY HOPE: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church, by N.T. Wright

GOD’S UNDERTAKER: Has Science Buried God?, by John Lennox

CONSCIOUSNESS AND THE EXISTENCE OF GOD: A Theistic Argument, by J. P. Moreland

CHRISTIANS AT THE CROSS: Finding Hope in the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus, by N.T. Wright

IS YOUR LORD LARGE ENOUGH: How C.S. Lewis Expands Our View of God, by Peter J. Schakel

THE REASON FOR GOD: Belief in an Age of Skepticism, by Timothy Keller

THE HEART OF NARNIA; Wisdom, Virtue, and Life Lessons from the Classic Chronicles, by Robert Velarde

INSIDE PRINCE CASPIAN: A Guide to Exploring the Return to Narnia, by Devin Brown

THE CASE FOR THE REAL JESUS: A Journalist Investigates Current Attacks on the Identity of Christ, by Lee Strobel

4. The next meetings of the C.S. Lewis Society Bay Area Book Club will be as follows:

Book for Discussion:

TILL WE HAVE FACES: A Myth Retold, by C.S. Lewis:

Wednesday, February 20, 7:30 p.m.; Meeting moderator/leader: Roy Carlisle

Wednesday, March 5, 7:30 p.m.; Meeting moderator/leader: Roy Carlisle

TILL WE HAVE FACES was considered by Lewis to be his greatest novel, and critics agree. Based on the classic Roman myth, this tale of two princesses — one beautiful and one unattractive — and of the struggle between sacred and profane love is Lewis’s reworking of the myth of Cupid and Psyche and one of his most enduring works. The book is brilliant and intriguing study of love, pride, power and God.

“The most significant and triumphant work that Lewis has yet produced”.”
–New York Herald Tribune

“In Mr. Lewis’s sensitive hands the ancient myth retains its fascination while being endowed with new meanings, new depths, new terrors.”
–Saturday Review

The meetings will be held at:

11990 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94619 (atop the Oakland hills)
510-482-2906 phone
wine, soft drinks and other refreshments served

Here also are numerous articles re TILL WE HAVE FACES:

“TILL WE HAVE FACES” by Henry Karlson:

“TILL WE HAVE FACES” by Wikipedia:

“A Great Gulf Fixed: The Problem of Obsessive Love in C.S. Lewis’ TILL WE HAVE FACES,” by Amelia F. Franz

“TILL WE HAVE FACES, by C.S. Lewis,” reviewed by Peter Schakel; Literary Encyclopedia

“TILL WE HAVE FACES, by C.S. Lewis”, by Kevin Stilley

“A review of TILL WE HAVE FACES by C.S. Lewis”

“Notes on TILL WE HAVE FACES”

TILL WE HAVE FACES is available in paperback

TILL WE HAVE FACES on CD

Here also is the schedule of future Lewis Society book club meetings

Here also is information on C.S. Lewis

We hope that you and/or others you know will be joining with us! (Please feel free to forward this update to others.)

5. Other Events:
http://www.lewissociety.org/events.php

“Sixth Frances Ewbank Colloquium on C.S. Lewis & Friends”
Sponsored by Taylor University, Upland, IN
May 29-June 1, 2008

“LionCon: A Narnian Convention”
Sponsored by LionCon.org
June 20-22, 2008
http://www.lioncon.org/

“Charles Williams and His Contemporaries”
Sponsored by The Charles Williams Society
Sr. Hilda’s College, Oxford, England
July 4-6, 2008

“Oxbridge 2008: The Self and the Search for Meaning”
Sponsored by the C.S. Lewis Foundation
Oxford University, July 28 – August 2, 2008
Cambridge University, August 3-8, 2008

Please contact me with any questions.

Best regards,

David

David J. Theroux
Founder and President
C. S. Lewis Society of California
100 Swan Way, Suite 200
Oakland, CA 94621-1428
(510) 635-6892 Phone
(510) 568-6040 Fax
[email protected]
http://www.lewissociety.org

Founder and President
The Independent Institute
(510) 632-1366 Phone
[email protected]
http://www.independent.org

C.S. Lewis Society Update (1/15/08)

Please note the following in this issue of the C.S. Lewis Society Update (1/15/08):

1. Christianity vs. Atheism Debate Video: Dinesh D’Souza vs. Michael Shermer
2. The Chronicles of Narnia
3. New C.S. Lewis Blog
4. The next meeting of the C.S. Lewis Society Bay Area Book Club
5. Other Events

1. Christianity vs. Atheism Debate Video: Dinesh D’Souza vs. Michael Shermer

In the latest of the debates between best-selling author Dinesh D’Souza and leading anti-theists, here is the video of the debate pitting Mr. D’Souza against Michael Shermer, editor of Skeptic Magazine:

“Is Religion a Force for Good or Evil? And Can you be Good without God?”
California Institute of Technology, December 9, 2008

Mr. D’Souza is the author of the new book, WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT CHRISTIANITY

As with his previous debates, Mr. D’Souza wins this one decisively.

2. The Chronicles of Narnia

PRINCE CASPIAN is the next blockbuster film in the “Chronicles of Narnia” book series to be released May 16th.

Here is the official PRINCE CASPIAN film web site

One of the most important intellectual developments regarding the Narnia series (and Lewis’s work overall) is the following new book which reveals a stunning and brilliant level of sophistication and literary excellence by Lewis in what some people previously and mistakenly thought were simply children’s books:

PLANET NARNIA: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis, by Michael Ward
(Oxford University Press)

Here is the web site on PLANET NARNIA, complete with author tour schedule, blog, and other information

Here also is a new article by Dr. Ward, “Narnia and the Seven Heavens

And the book is now available.

3. New C.S. Lewis Blog

HarperCollins which publishes many of C.S. Lewis’s books has just launched the new C.S. Lewis Blog based on Lewis’s work:

I am privileged to be one of the sixteen columnists for the blog, and here are recent sample articles that have appeared:
http://booksbycslewis.blogspot.com/

Mere Friendship: C.S. Lewis on a Great Joy,” by David J. Theroux

C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Inklings,” by Diana Glyer

Strange Help from Father Christmas,” by Devin Brown

4. The next meetings of the C.S. Lewis Society Bay Area Book Club will be as follows:
http://www.lewissociety.org/bookclub.php

Book for Discussion:

MERE CHRISTIANITY, by C.S. Lewis:

Wednesday, January 23, 7:30 p.m.; Meeting moderator/leader: Andrew Dosa
Wednesday, February 6, 7:30 p.m.; Meeting moderator/leader: Andrew Dosa

MERE CHRISTIANITY is the best-selling, celebrated and plain-spoken defense of the essential principles of Christianity. 1943 England, when all hope was threatened by the inhumanity of war, C.S. Lewis was invited to give a series of radio lectures addressing the central issues of Christianity. More than half a century after the original lectures, they continue to retain their poignancy. First heard as informal radio broadcasts, the lectures were then published as three books and subsequently combined as MERE CHRISTIANITY. C.S. Lewis proves that “at the center of each there is something, or a Someone, who against all divergences of belief, all differences of temperament, all memories of mutual persecution, speaks with the same voice,” rejecting the boundaries that divide Christianity’s many denominations. This twentieth-century classic provides an unequaled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear a powerful, rational case for the Christian faith.

“I read Lewis for comfort and pleasure many years ago, and a glance into the books revives my old admiration.”
–John Updike, novelist and poet

“C. S. Lewis is the ideal persuader for the half-convinced, for the good man who would like to be a Christian but finds his intellect getting in the way.”
–Anthony Burgess, author, playwright, and composer

The meetings will be held at:

11990 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94619 (atop the Oakland hills)
510-482-2906 phone
wine, soft drinks and other refreshments served

Here also are numerous articles re MERE CHRISTIANITY:

“MERE CHRISTIANITY” by Wikipedia:

“The Whos and Whats of MERE CHRISTIANITY”, by William Griffin:

“MERE CHRISTIANITY”, by Edward H. Purley:

“Notes on MERE CHRISTIANITY”, by Tim Chambers

MERE CHRISTIANITY is available in paperback

MERE CHRISTIANITY is available free online

MERE CHRISTIANITY on CD

MERE CHRISTIANITY is available free on YouTube

Here also is the schedule of future Lewis Society book club meetings:
http://www.lewissociety.org/bookclub.php

Here also is information on C.S. Lewis:
http://www.lewissociety.org/aboutlewis.php

We hope that you and/or others you know will be joining with us! (Please feel free to forward this update to others.)

5. Other Events:
http://www.lewissociety.org/events.php

“Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Death of Dorothy Sayers”
Sponsored by the Dorothy Sayers Society
St. Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey
London, England
January 15, 2008
[email protected]

“Planet Narnia”
Presentation by Michael Ward
Sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Graduate Students
Bowling Green State University
BGSU Student Union, Room 308 (6:45 pm)
Bowling Green, OH
January 22, 2008

“C.S. Lewis Conference”
Sponsored by Hope Lutheran Church
Atascadero, CA
January 25-27, 2008

“The Language of God: Intellectual Reflections of a Christian Geneticist”
Presentation by Francis S. Collins
Sponsored by Veritas Forum
University of California, Berkeley
Wheeler Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
February 4, 2008

“God and the Genome”
Presentation by Francis S. Collins
Sponsored by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship
Stanford Memorial Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
Stanford University
February 5, 2008

“Sixth Frances Ewbank Colloquium on C.S. Lewis & Friends”
Sponsored by Taylor University, Upland, IN
May 29-June 1, 2008

“Charles Williams and His Contemporaries”
Sponsored by The Charles Williams Society
Sr. Hilda’s College, Oxford, England
July 4-6, 2008

“Oxbridge 2008: The Self and the Search for Meaning”
Sponsored by the C.S. Lewis Foundation
Oxford University, July 28 – August 2, 2008
Cambridge University, August 3-8, 2008

Please contact me with any questions.

Best regards,

David

David J. Theroux
Founder and President
C. S. Lewis Society of California

C.S. Lewis Society Update 12/05/07

Please note the following in this issue of the C.S. Lewis Society Update (12/05/07):
http://www.lewissociety.org

1. “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian”: New Movie Trailer
2. Other Films: “Beowulf” and “The Golden Compass”
3. Christianity vs. Atheism Debate Video: Dinesh D’Souza vs. Daniel Dennett
4. The next meeting of the C.S. Lewis Society Bay Area Book Club
5. New Book: “Planet Narnia,” by Michael Ward
6. Other Events

1. “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” Movie Trailer:

Of all of C.S. Lewis’s many works, the 7-volume “Chronicles of Narnia” book series is by far and away the most popular with sales of more than 100 million copies worldwide. The first film in the new series being produced by Walden Media and Walt Disney Productions, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” grossed $740 million in box office sales and additional record DVD sales.

Now the second film in the Narnia series, “Prince Caspian,” is set for release on May 16, 2008, and the first trailer has just been released for showing in theaters.

Here is the official “Prince Caspian” movie poster.

And here is the banner for the film.

2. Other Films: “Beowulf” and “The Golden Compass”:

“‘Beowulf’ vs. ‘The Lord of the Rings'”, by Gary Kamiya (Salon.com).

The Chronicles of Atheism: When ‘The Golden Compass’ hits theaters this month, many will be introduced to the works of Philip Pullman, a writer who detests C.S. Lewis’s fantasy world,” by Peter T. Chattaway (Christianity Today)

3. Christianity vs. Atheism Debate Video: Dinesh D’Souza vs. Daniel Dennett

The video is now available from the recent debate in which leading atheist philosopher Daniel Dennett was challenged by Christian Dinesh D’Souza, author of the new bestselling book, “What’s So Great About Christianity.”

Held November 30th at Tufts University in Medford, Mass., this sold-out event was organized by the atheist Tufts’s Freethought Society, and resulted in a spill-over audience watching the program on closed circuit TV. Clearly expecting Christianity to be routed, the audience instead witnessed Dennett decidedly lose.
http://media.richarddawkins.net/video/2007/DennettDinesh_all.mov

4. The next meeting of the C.S. Lewis Society Bay Area Book Club will be as follows:

Book for Discussion:

THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS, by C.S. Lewis:

Wednesday, December 12th, 7:30 p.m.; Meeting moderator/leader: Frank Green

A best-selling masterpiece of satire and dedicated to his friend J.R.R.Tolkien, this classic book by C.S. Lewis has entertained and enlightened readers the world over with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the vantage point of the evil Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to “Our Father Below” who holds an administrative post in the governing bureaucracy (“Lowerarchy”) of Hell. At once comic, deadly serious, and highly original, Lewis gives us the correspondence of the worldly-wis old devil to his nephew Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man known only as “the Patient.” THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS is the most engaging account of temptation — and triumph over it — ever written.

The immense success of the book when it was first published resulted in C.S. Lewis appearing on the cover of Time Magazine. More recently, cartoonist Bill Watterson named the fictional first-grade teacher in his “Calvin and Hobbes” after the devil Wormwood. In the animated video to U2’s “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me”, a copy of THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS is seen falling from Bono’s hand. In the 2006 book The Top Ten, a compilation of “top ten novels” lists by different writers, David Foster Wallace names THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS as the greatest novel in history. A sold-out stage production directed by Jeffrey Fiske was produced in New York City in 2006, and a widely acclaimed revival production by Fiske opened on October 16th.
http://www.fpatheatre.com/

And a film version of the book is now underway, co-produced by Ralph Winter (X-Men, Star Trek, Fantastic Four) and Douglas Gresham (Lewis’s stepson), for release at Christmas 2008.

“Mr. Lewis has contrived to say much that a distracted world greatly requires to hear.”
–Times Literary Supplement

“If wit and wisdom, style and scholarship are requisites to passage through the pearly gates, Mr. Lewis will be among the angels.”
–The New Yorker

The meetings will be held at:

11990 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94619 (atop the Oakland hills)
510-482-2906 phone
wine, soft drinks and other refreshments served

Here also are numerous articles and excerpts re THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS:

“THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS” by Wikipedia

“Excerpts from THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS”

“THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS”, by Will Vaus

“Screwtape: What’s Going On?”, by Bruce Edwards

“Wicked Good: THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS on Page and Stage” by John J. Miller

“THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS foreword,” narrated by John Cleese of Monty Python (YouTube)

“THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS Letter 1,” narrated by John Cleese of Monty Python (YouTube)

THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS is available in paperback.

THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS is available free online.

THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS on CD.

Here also is the schedule of future Lewis Society book club meetings.

Here also is information on C.S. Lewis.

We hope that you and/or others you know will be joining with us! (Please feel free to forward this update to others.)

5. New Book: “Planet Narnia”

The December 2007 issue of “Touchstone” magazine features the cover article, “Narnia’s Secret: C.S. Lewis & and the Seven Heavens,” by Dr. Michael Ward (Chaplain of Peterhouse, University of Cambridge). In the article, he discusses the revolutionary findings in his new book, “Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C. S. Lewis” (Oxford University Press).

For more than half a century, scholars have labored to show that C. S. Lewis’s famed “Chronicles of Narnia” series has an underlying symbolic coherence, pointing to such possible unifying themes as the seven sacraments, seven deadly sins, and seven books of Edmund Spenser’s “Faerie Queene.” However, none of these explanations has won general acceptance and the structure of Narnia’s symbolism has remained a mystery.

Now, Michael Ward has finally solved the enigma. In “Planet Narnia” he demonstrates that the medieval (Ptolemic) cosmology or world view, a subject which fascinated Lewis throughout his life, provides the imaginative key to the seven novels. Drawing on the whole range of Lewis’s writings (including “The Discarded Image,” “The Space Trilogy,” and previously unpublished drafts of the “Chronicles”), Ward reveals how the Narnia stories were designed to express the mythological characteristics of the seven medieval planets — Jupiter, Mars, Sol, Luna, Mercury, Venus, and Saturn — planets which Lewis described as “spiritual symbols of permanent value” and “especially worthwhile in our own generation.” Using these seven symbols, Lewis secretly constructed the “Chronicles” so that the story-line in each book, countless points of ornamental detail, and, most important, the portrayal of the Christ-figure of Aslan, all serve to communicate a coherent, unifying, and governing perspective. For instance, in “The Voyage of the ‘Dawn Treader’,” the sun is the prevailing planetary spirit: magical water turns things to gold, the solar metal; Aslan is seen flying in a sunbeam; and the sun’s rising place is actually identified as the destination of the plot: “the very eastern end of the world.”

“Planet Narnia” is a seminal and ground-breaking book that will provoke a major revaluation not only of the “Chronicles,” but of Lewis’s whole literary and theological outlook. Ward uncovers Lewis as an even more subtle, imaginative and important writer and thinker than previously understood.

Planet Narnia XI Summary

6. Other Events:

“Is Religion a Force for Good or Evil? And Can You Be Good Without God?
Dinesh D’Souza vs. Michael Shermer: A Debate”
Sponsored by Athens and Jerusalem
Beckman Auditorium
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, Calif.
December 9, 2007
626-395-4652
http://www.dineshdsouza.com/events/D’SOUSA_DEBATE_FLYER.pdf

“Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Death of Dorothy Sayers”
Sponsored by the Dorothy Sayers Society
St. Anne’s, Soho, England
December 17, 2007
[email protected]

“Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Death of Dorothy Sayers”
Sponsored by the Dorothy Sayers Society
St. Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey
London, England
January 15, 2008
[email protected]

“Planet Narnia”
Presentation by Michael Ward
Sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Graduate Students
Bowling Green State University
BGSU Student Union, Room 308 (6:45 pm)
Bowling Green, OH
January 22, 2008

“C.S. Lewis Conference”
Sponsored by Hope Lutheran Church
Atascadero, CA
January 25-27, 2008
http://www.pseudobook.com/cslewis/?page_id=49

“Sixth Frances Ewbank Colloquium on C.S. Lewis & Friends”
Sponsored by Taylor University, Upland, IN
May 29-June 1, 2008
http://www.taylor.edu/academics/supportservices/cslewis/colloquium/

“Charles Williams and His Contemporaries”
Sponsored by The Charles Williams Society
Sr. Hilda’s College, Oxford, England
July 4-6, 2008
http://www.geocities.com/charles_wms_soc/events.html

“Oxbridge 2008: The Self and the Search for Meaning”
Sponsored by the C.S. Lewis Foundation
Oxford University, July 28 – August 2, 2008
Cambridge University, August 3-8, 2008
http://www.cslewis.org/programs/oxbridge/2008/index.html

Please advise me with any questions.

Best regards,

David

David J. Theroux
Founder and President
C. S. Lewis Society of California
100 Swan Way, Suite 200
Oakland, CA 94621-1428
(510) 635-6892 Phone
(510) 568-6040 Fax
http://www.lewissociety.org

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C.S. Lewis Society Update (11/21/07)

Please note the following in this issue of the C.S. Lewis Society Update (11/21/07):

1. More Christianity vs. Atheism Debates
2. Next meetings of C.S. Lewis Society’s Bay Area Book Club: The Screwtape Letters
3. New Books for Christmas
4. Other Events

1. More Christianity vs. Atheism Debates:

The new Christianity vs. atheism debates will continue on November 30th when Christian author Dinesh D’Souza and atheist philosopher Daniel Dennett meet on the subject “God is a Manmade Invention,” at 7 p.m. in the Cabot Auditorium at Tufts University in Medford, Mass.

On December 5th, D’Souza will then debate Skeptic magazine editor Michael Shermer on “Is Christianity Good for the World?” at 7 p.m. in the Marvin Center at George Washington University, and then again on December 9th at 2 p.m. in the Beckman Auditorium at California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif.

To date, anti-theist Richard Dawkins has not accepted D’Souza’s offer to debate.

Here are a number of recent article by D’Souza:

“Does the Ghost in the Machine Have a Soul? An Argument for the Spirit Hinges on the Freedom of Choice”

“Atheism, Not Religion, Is the Real Force Behind the Mass Murders”

“The Atheist Who Came In From the Cold”

Dinesh D’Souza is the author of the best-selling new book, What’s So Great About Christianity

2. The next meetings of the C.S. Lewis Society Bay Area Book Club will be as follows:

Book for Discussion:

THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS, by C.S. Lewis:

Wednesday, November 28th, 7:30 p.m.; Meeting moderator/leader: Frank Green
Wednesday, December 12th, 7:30 p.m.; Meeting moderator/leader: Frank Green

A best-selling masterpiece of satire and dedicated to his friend J.R.R. Tolkien, this classic book by C.S. Lewis has entertained and enlightened readers the world over with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the vantage point of the evil Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to “Our Father Below” who holds an administrative post in the governing bureaucracy (“Lowerarchy”) of Hell. At once comic, deadly serious, and highly original, Lewis gives us the correspondence of the worldly-wise old devil to his nephew Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man known only as “the Patient.” THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS is the most engaging account of temptation — and triumph over it — ever written.

The immense success of the book when it was first published resulted in C.S. Lewis appearing on the cover of Time Magazine. More recently, cartoonist Bill Watterson named the fictional first-grade teacher in his “Calvin and Hobbes” after the devil Wormwood. In the animated video to U2’s “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me”, a copy of THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS is seen falling from Bono’s hand. In the 2006 book The Top Ten, a compilation of “top ten novels” lists by different writers, David Foster Wallace names THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS as the greatest novel in history. A sold-out stage production directed by Jeffrey Fiske was produced in New York City in 2006, and a widely acclaimed revival production by Fiske opened on October 16th.
http://www.fpatheatre.com/

And a film version of the book is now underway, co-produced by Ralph Winter (X-Men, Star Trek, Fantastic Four) and Douglas Gresham (Lewis’s stepson), for release at Christmas 2008.

“Mr. Lewis has contrived to say much that a distracted world greatly requires to hear.”
–Times Literary Supplement

“If wit and wisdom, style and scholarship are requisites to passage through the pearly gates, Mr. Lewis will be among the angels.”
–The New Yorker

The meetings will be held at:

11990 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94619 (atop the Oakland hills)
510-482-2906 phone
wine, soft drinks and other refreshments served

Here also are numerous articles and excerpts re THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS:

“THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS” by Wikipedia

“Excerpts from THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS”

“THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS”, by Will Vaus

“Screwtape: What’s Going On?”, by Bruce Edwards

“Wicked Good: THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS on Page and Stage” by John J. Miller

“THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS foreword,” narrated by John Cleese of Monty Python (YouTube)

“THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS Letter 1,” narrated by John Cleese of Monty Python (YouTube)

THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS is available in paperback.

THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS is available free online.

THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS on CD.

Here also is the schedule of future Lewis Society book club meetings.

Here also is information on C.S. Lewis.

We hope that you and/or others you know will be joining with us! (Please feel free to forward this update to others.)

3. New Books for Christmas:

C. S. Lewis, My Godfather: Letters, Photos and Recollections
By Laurence Harwood

There Is a God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind
By Antony Flew and Roy Abraham Varghese

Discovering God: The Origins of the Great Religions and the Evolution of Belief
By Rodney Stark

What’s So Great About Christianity
By Dinesh D’Souza

The Spiritual Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Case for the Existence of the Soul
By Mario Beauregard and Denyse O’Leary

The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Bible
By Robert J. Hutchinson

Acts for Everyone, Part 1
By N.T. (Tom) Wright

The Dawkins Delusion: Atheist Fundamentalism and the Denial of the Divine
By Alister McGrath

The Gods of War: Is Religion the Primary Cause of Violent Conflict?
By Meic Pearse

Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony
By Richard Bauckham

The Historical Reliability of the Gospels, 2nd Edition
By Craig L. Blomberg

Kingdom Triangle: Recover the Christian Mind, Renovate the Soul, Restore the Spirit’s Power
By J. P. Moreland

Passionate Conviction: Modern Discourses on Christian Apologetics
Edited by Paul Copan and William Lane Craig

4. Other Events:

“Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Death of Dorothy Sayers”
Sponsored by the Dorothy Sayers Society
St. Anne’s, Soho, England
December 17, 2007
[email protected]

“Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Death of Dorothy Sayers”
Sponsored by the Dorothy Sayers Society
St. Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey
London, England
January 15, 2008
[email protected]

“C.S. Lewis Conference”
Sponsored by Hope Lutheran Church
Atascadero, CA
January 25-27, 2008
http://www.pseudobook.com/cslewis/?page_id=49

“Sixth Frances Ewbank Colloquium on C.S. Lewis & Friends”
Sponsored by Taylor University, Upland, IN
May 29-June 1, 2008
http://www.taylor.edu/academics/supportservices/cslewis/colloquium/

“Charles Williams and His Contemporaries”
Sponsored by The Charles Williams Society
Sr. Hilda’s College, Oxford, England
July 4-6, 2008
http://www.geocities.com/charles_wms_soc/events.html

“Oxbridge 2008: The Self and the Search for Meaning”
Sponsored by the C.S. Lewis Foundation
Oxford University, July 28 – August 2, 2008
Cambridge University, August 3-8, 2008
http://www.cslewis.org/programs/oxbridge/2008/index.html

Please advise me with any questions.

Best regards,

David

David J. Theroux
Founder and President
C. S. Lewis Society of California

http://www.lewissociety.org