Friday, November 9, 2018

Meeting for Nov., 2018

It's time for another meeting, folks! Being November, we've got to work around Thanksgiving. I think it would be best if we met after than before. Let's say the Monday after Thanksgiving, 26 Nov., 7:00-8:00 p.m., at The Spot, 1800 E Main St, Chattanooga, 37404; that's Main at Hawthorne in Highland Park. I'll be sure to reserve a larger table this time. Discussion: God in the Dock, Part II, chapters 7-9, and 10 (on Modern Bible translations) if we can get to it. See you there!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Meeting, 22 Oct. plus news

You will need to go to my YouTube channel to get to the links I mention that will be listed below the video - scroll down to SHOW MORE and click on those words to see it.  Cheers!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Important Re: Rev. Beckmann's future work for the Society

The following is from the introduction to my Patreon page, which I invite you to visit.

Greetings, gentle reader.  Thank you for visiting my (rudimentary) Patreon page. I have set this up because I need encouragement about my work related to C. S. Lewis.

As you may know, I initiated a C. S. Lewis Society for Chattanooga in 2005 as a part of my ministry as a priest in a church.  When I moved on from that position, I kept up the Society - holding events, leading studies, posting things online, etc. - because people kept telling me how much they appreciated what I was doing.  You can look back at our history in this respect by looking through the website of the C. S. Lewis Society of Chattanooga (click link).

Then came the year that my wife and I lived in and took care of C. S. Lewis' house, The Kilns, in Oxford, England.  We kept a blog of our work here (click link).  One of our faithful members kept up the local Society while I was away.

Upon my return from Oxford, I began holding "C. S. Lewis Summers @ The Meeting House" - monthly lectures in the local area, which have been well-attended.  From the summer of 2017 to the summer of 2018, I also was the full-time Rector of The Anglican Church of the Redeemer, here in Chattanooga.

With this year's Summers @ the Meeting House and my interim-ship having concluded, I'm at something of a crossroads.  Do I keep up the C. S. Lewis Society and my work related to C. S. Lewis and the Inklings?  There is so much that I'd like to do and everyone wants me to do it: monthly meetings, conferences, a book, more video and online courses; plus I have the opportunity to help augment other ministries in the area with Lewis-related events and studies - there's really no end to it.

The problem is that I cannot afford financially to keep doing such things as a hobby.  Back when I was employed by a church or a school, that was fine.  Things are different now.  I cannot keep up the work unless I can also have some financial backing to do so.

That's why I have set up this Patreon page.  If you would like to see me keep up and even expand my ministry in this arena, would you consider aiding me financially to do so?  My thought is that, if I get enough supporters, I can treat this as something of a part-time employment and give it the time and attention it calls for.  It depends on whether the financial goal can be reached or not.

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

C. S. Lewis and The Battle of Dunkirk: Answers To Prayer

Our last session of CS Lewis Summers @ The Meeting House:
CS Lewis and the Battle of Dunkirk: Answers to Prayer

Speaker: Rev. David Beckmann, Moderator
All of England was amazed at what Winston Churchill called "a miracle of deliverance" at Dunkirk. People claimed it was an answer to prayer. Lewis takes the occasion to comment on Christian prayer as it related to the events of history - do our prayers matter?

Thursday, 16 Aug., 7:00 p.m.; arrive a little earlier if you want an espresso drink - the coffee bar will be open around 6:30. $5 entry fee - helps us to hold these events.

Cllick on the photo above for a link to the Facebook Event page.

The Meeting House is located at 3912 Dayton Blvd, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37415.

Hope to see you there!

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Our July Lecture: That Hideous Strength with Dr. Barham

CS Lewis Summers @ The Meeting House - Lecture # 2
by Dr. Robert Erle Barham of Covenant College
Topic: "C. S. Lewis’s That Hideous Strength and Supernatural Science Fiction" 

Synopsis: This talk will consider C. S. Lewis’s science fiction, focusing on the last book of his Space Trilogy, That Hideous Strength. As a reader of H. G. Wells, Jules Verne, and other science fiction writers, Lewis creates a striking contribution to this sort of “fantastic fiction” (as he puts it). Noting some of the key features of That Hideous Strength including its medieval and Arthurian elements and depictions of the supernatural, we will consider the distinctiveness of Lewis’s science fiction. 

The Meeting House is located at 3912 Dayton Blvd, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37415; we begin at 7:00 p.m. and end 8:00-ish. Lecture with Q&A. You don't have to have read the book to attend.

$5.00 entry at the door - helps us have these lectures.

The coffee shop will be open! No expressos during the lecture :-). No need to rush off afterwards; doors close at 9:00.

Hope to see you there!

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Video: Dr. Bill Davis on The Discarded Image, June 2018

You will have to turn up the sound - sorry about that!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Our June, 2018 Lecture @ The Meeting House

[Updated 29 May]

The topic of our June, 2018, meeting is "C. S. Lewis on the Medieval Imagination: A Challenge to Modernity?"  The speaker will be Dr. Bill Davis.  Dr. Davis is on the faculty in the department of Philosophy, Covenant College.  

Synopsis:  In The Discarded Image, C.S. Lewis both describes and recommends the "model" that medieval authors took for granted.  He offers it as essential background for appreciating medieval literature, giving a rich account of a way of imagining human existence (its place in the cosmos, freedom, significance, and purpose) that is very different from ours today.  This talk will focus on aspects of the medieval model/imaginary that have been eclipsed, as well as joining with Lewis to ask whether we should lament what has been lost.

The Meeting House is located at 3912 Dayton Blvd, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37415.  The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m.  The coffee shop will be open.  $5.00 admission at the door, thank you.

Click on the image above for a link to the Facebook event page.