Thursday, December 27, 2007

George MacDonald on Poetic Knowledge

A quote from MacDonald as further grist for our January meeting mill (some of this makes a good case for the Anglican liturgy, by the way!):

"The best thing you can do for your fellow, next to rousing his conscience, is--not to give him things to think about, but to wake things up that are in him; or say, to make him think things for himself. The best Nature does for us is to work in us such moods in which thoughts of high import arise. Does any aspect of Nature wake but one thought? Does she ever suggest only one definite thing? Does she make any two men in the same place at the same moment think the same thing? Is she therefore a failure, because she is not definite? Is it nothing that she rouses the something deeper than the understanding- -the power that underlies thoughts? Does she not set feeling, and so thinking at work? Would it be better that she did this after one fashion and not after many fashions? Nature is mood-engendering, thought-provoking: such ought the sonata, such ought the fairytale to be."

From his essay, "The Fantastic Imagination"

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Was Lewis Reformed?

The next to last chapter in Newsom's book, which will be part of our discussion in January, refers to an article by the Presbyterian Douglas Wilson entitled "Was C. S. Lewis Reformed?" The issue at hand is what he thought of predestination (beware - lots of people have different ideas of what is meant by that word). If you are interested in what one Christian writer has to say about Lewis' belief on this subject, you may read the article here . Afterwards, you may wish to browse the other articles in that issue.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Order your book NOW for the January discussion

At our January meeting, Art Crouch and I are going to discuss the book written by William Chad Newsom entitled Talking of Dragons. ISBN: 1845501063. We'll probably get off on related topics as well. It's especially written for parents with young children but of interest to all fans of Tolkien and Lewis fantasy. It's only 193 pages long; an easy read in time for our meeting. Come ready to ask questions and talk about it (come whether you read it or not!).

NarniaWeb has a podcast

NarniaWeb, the place to keep up with Narnia movie news, has a podcast. Go here to listen or to subscribe with I-Tunes.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Michael Ward to visit 11 April, '08

Our Society is privileged to host Dr. Michael Ward in the Chattanooga area for book-signings and as guest lecturer at our April meeting. As you will have learned from previous posts, Michael is the author of a very important book on Lewis' Narnia series, to be released by Oxford Univ. Press next year. Our April meeting with Michael will be Friday, 11 April, 7:00 P.M. at Rock Point Books. As other events are finalised, they will be posted here.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Lewis Talk Newscast, 15 Dec.

Listen to the newscast for a very important announcement for our Society. Scroll down to the player on the right and select the 15 Dec. newscast. Otherwise, go here:

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Kindlings on Lewis' Letters

Dick Staub has posted audio of a recent discussion of Lewis's letters. See the Kindlings link or simply go here.

Monday, December 10, 2007

More on Michael Ward & His Narnia Book

I just heard from Michael Ward and he has sent a link to a website he has set up pertaining to his book on Narnia: . Be sure to look through the site - the FAQ section is really great.


Michael Ward Article About Narnia On-line

If you are a Narnia fan, you will love reading this article! Michael Ward, of Peterhouse, Cambridge, was working on his doctoral dissertation about C. S. Lewis when he made a fascinating discovery: the Narnian chronicles are structured according to the Medieval view of the universe. He had to re-write his dissertation! However, he was glad to do so because this is such a fascinating topic. Oxford Press is going to release his work in a book next year. Touchstone magazine has an article on Michael's work in the current issue and, lo and behold, it is available on-line. Go here for the Touchstone article, "Narnia's Secret". Go here for a description of his book at Oxford Publishing.

Image: From: Peter Apian, Cosmographia (1539). Reprinted in Alexandre Koyre, From the Closed World to the Infinite Universe (Baltimore; Johns Jopkins, 1957).

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Prince Caspian Trailer!

Narniaweb has the Prince Caspian trailer. Go here!, or scroll down to the special widget on the right hand side of our site and watch it.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Lewis and Evolution

We have had several occasions to discuss Lewis and his ideas about Darwinian theory at our meetings. I just found this article on the site, published 1996, which I found helpful. The article concludes:
It is doubtful that Lewis would have felt comfortable espousing the views of present-day creationists. He always carefully indicated that he opposed evolutionism as a philosophy, not evolution as a biological theory. At the same time his correspondence with Bernard Acworth suggests that he had come in his later years to entertain more doubts about the claims made for organic evolution than his published works indicate.
As for the first line, I think it may need qualification in the year 2007.