Sunday, November 25, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
The meeting will be the third Friday of January, the 18th. As for future meetings, we would like to meet at Rock Point for the first quarter of the year, but we may have to move away from third-Fridays, especially since the third Friday of March, 2008, will be Good Friday. We'll post more information here later.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Image: The Annunciation, by Henry Ossawa Tanner.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Last night, I discovered that various lectures from Reformed Theological Seminary have been added to "iTunes U" (in the iTunes program) in the form of podcasts. If any of you were not aware of this, I wanted to bring it to your attention. This is an amazing source of lectures on theology, Christian Apologetics, church history, contemporary culture, etc. I highly recommend subscribing to these podcasts. Furthermore, I found lectures on C.S. Lewis here as well. I felt that this might be appropriate to mention since we are reading "Mere Christianity." Currently there are 26 lectures posted as part of this podcast with topics on Lewis' biography, theology, and views on various issues. I am going to provide direct links to these podcasts at the end of my message. You will need to have iTunes installed on your computer to subscribe and listen to these podcasts....
To go directly to the RTS lectures on C.S. Lewis, click this link:
To go to the directory of all the RTS Podcasts, click this link:
NOTE: If you go to this latter link, the Lewis lectures are listed under "Practical Theology."
News on this Friday’s meeting
Lyle Dorsett lectures CD
Meeting this Friday
We will have our final discussion of Lewis’ book Miracles, this Friday, 7:00-9:00 P.M. at the Vicarage. Do let us know if you plan to attend. The discussion will be on the chapters 15-17 and the Appendices.
Dorsett on CD
The C. S. Lewis Institute has a series of lectures by Lyle Dorsett similar in content to those he gave at our conference last year. The topics are:
“Lewis in the School of Prayer"
“Study and Application of Scripture”
"Anglican Spirituality and the Church”
"Reluctant Spiritual Guide”
You may find them here for purchase on CD:
• Meeting this month & chapter 14
• J. I. Packer on Lewis and Rowling
Our October meeting is this Friday, the 19th, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Vicarage in St. Elmo. We will be discussing chapters 11-14 of Miracles. As usual, if you’ve not been keeping up, don’t let that hinder you from coming. Let me know you are coming, if you please.
Having already provided you, via e-mail, with summaries of 11-13, I think we will be able to simply talk about what interests us in those chapters. Chapter 14 is easier going, but it is a long chapter. I’ll have an outline of it for us on Friday, but I will not take a lot of time summarizing it.
As you read chapter 14, remember that the object of the chapter is to ask whether or not the miracle of the incarnation is something that our sense of “fitness” can accept; does it make sense as a part of our world? If so, how and why? If it does make sense, if it seems to have a place, then we are able to consider it “probable” and free to look at history to see whether it really happened or not.
There are some powerful passages here! I look forward to our talking about them.
If you will go here: www.regentaudio.com you will find a link where you can download (for $5 Canadian) a half-hour talk by Dr. J. I. Packer on Lewis and Narnia. It is before an informal group and it is mostly about Lewis’ life and the Narnia books. Packer makes a fun personal observation about Lewis, having heard him while studying at Oxford. During a question and answer section, Packer gives his opinion of the Harry Potter series. It is positive. He compares it to the British schoolboy genre of stories, started by Thomas Hughes with his Tom Brown’s Schooldays in the 1800’s. He has a very good answer for those Americans (and it seems to be just Americans) who think the Potter books encourage the practice of witchcraft.
If you are not familiar with Dr. Packer, go here:
We look forward to seeing you Friday evening.
Dear Friends of C. S. Lewis:
Yes! It’s already here! Our next meeting of the C. S. Lewis Society of Chattanooga – this Friday, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Vicarage. We will continue our discussion of the book Miracles. Last time, we just got through chapter 3, so we are a little behind. We’ll see if we can get through chapters 4 to 10. As usual, if you aren’t able to get the reading done ahead of time, come anyway; there’s always lots to discuss and learn.
If you are coming, let me know, and if you want to bring something to munch on, let me know that as well so we can plan.
In 1998, Richard John Neuhaus wrote an article which touches our discussion of Miracles. It was entitled “C. S. Lewis in the
Neuhaus’ conclusion is that Lewis would probably go on doing what he did anyway, with needful adjustments. Neuhaus says this because he recognises that the approach Lewis took in the past is still needed, in spite of its obstacles, and that Lewis would realise the same. Lewis would still argue with people about what they find as true in daily life. He would continue to speak to individuals as one human to another, trying to help them recognise what is true and real in the world in which they live; he would still appeal to common human experience. Also, Lewis would continue to tell stories; stories which reveal the truth in our universe. Though the stories of our world are being emptied, theoretically, of their worth, nevertheless the realities of our world are still there and stories still do their job in communicating them to people. People are still people.
Neuhaus also adds his own opinion of the great necessity of the witness of the Church to continue in life and liturgy (meaning, those liturgies that, in their drama, tell the story of Creation and Redemption, such as are found in the Orthodox, the Roman, and the
You may want to keep a dictionary beside you as you read his article, but it is worth it. As for how it affects our study, we must recognise that the arguments Lewis makes in Miracles seem convincing enough to ourselves, who have a more absolutist and supernatural understanding of our world, but they may not be convincing to others. As a result, we must be creative in how we communicate the same things we learn in Miracles to the people around us.