Thursday, December 31, 2009
Our meeting to discuss the book will be at Rock Point Books, 4th & Broad St., in downtown Chattanooga. We'll meet at 7:00 P.M. on Friday, 15 January. Hope you can get the book read ahead of time, but if not, come anyway!
Monday, December 14, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
I assume the location will be the same as usual: the Benwood Auditorium, in the new Engineering Building. If it is otherwise, I'll post it here when that is definite.
The play with Max McClean and Karen Wight was terrific! Attendance was good at all performances and we had a lot of people to stay behind Saturday night for the post-performance discussion. Thanks to all the folks at FPA for coming to town, and thanks to Rev. Novenson for inviting them.
At our post-performance discussion on Saturday evening, one attendee noted that Lewis found writing the Letters to be spiritually uncomfortable and asked Max how he liked playing Screwtape. Max said he loved it! Well, we loved having him do it as well!
For more information about Fellowship for the Performing Arts and the Screwtape play visit ScrewtapeOnStage.com.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
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Monday, October 26, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
N. T. Wright's critque of Mere Christianity.
Will Vaus' answer to Wright is found here.
Vaus's answers to Wright's first two points were recommended. Wright's words about Lewis' ignoring the Jewish context of the one passage regarding the forgiveness of sins was contradicted by Mr. Beckmann. It was also pointed out that Lewis refers to other passages where Christ claimed divinity beside that particular one. Mr. Beckmann also thought Wright was assuming too much in his analysis of Jesus' psychology.
We had a good time - and Rock Point is now the location of a new Moon Pie General Store!
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
We had a great first meeting for this year last night. About 25 people attended. Business news as follows:
First of all: about the Screwtape play in November (see more news in previous posts)
1) there will be a post-show discussion with Max McLean, the main actor, after the Sat. night performance for our Society and friends.
2) We are trying to get a group discount on the tickets for our Society. The more folks we have in our "group" the better the discount. I've told them I would be gathering a group from our Society and CCS as well and they are fine with that. If you have not already got tickets and want to come I need to know right away if you will commit so I can include you in our group. I won't know what kind of a discount we get until I have a definite number.
New Book: You'll love the book I have pictured here, The Inklings of Oxford. It's new, the story - based primarily on Lewis' life - is enjoyable and informative, and the pictures are fabulous. ISBN-13: 978-0310285038
Mere Christianity - We spent about half an hour on the preface (!) and then went overtime (a first) talking about Book One. A few key points:
1) "Mere" Christianity is the Christianity of the "catholic" (universal) creeds: the Apostles' and the Nicene. All Christians agree to these and they were agreed upon by the whole Church in council at that time. People who hold to these creeds may differ on other matters, but we must take John 17 seriously (Jesus is not just talking about unity in your local church!).
2) As for mere "Christianity," the term Christian should be applied as a noun not an adjective. It represents someone who professes the catholic Faith, and who would be, of course, baptized. Their profession should be taken on good faith unless they go back on in it some way, either in profession or behaviour. The Scriptures have higher standards for Church officers. Man looks on the outward appearance but God looks on the heart - so we must be gracious and charitable to all that profess the faith.
3) Scriptural proofs of the existence of the Moral Law in the heart of man:
a) We are created in God's image (Gen.) and God is a moral being.
b) John 1 - Jesus enlightens all who come into the world.
c) Romans 1 - God has revealed himself in us.
d) Romans 2 - People without the Bible (the Law) have the morality of the Bible in their hearts, as is proven by their actions and moral judgments of each other.
Also, see the Appendix on the Tao, in Lewis' The Abolition of Man.
We look forward to seeing you at our October meeting, when we will dicuss Mere Christianity, Book Two.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
You can learn more about the play and obtain tickets to the performance by going here. Be sure to put this weekend on your calendar!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Thank you for all your replies. It seems that the following plan is a winner. Here is the schedule:
We will divide our next four meetings according to the four parts of Mere Christianity:
September 18: "Right and Wrong as a Clue to the Meaning of the Universe",
October 23: "What Christians Believe",
November 20: "Christian Behaviour",
December 18: "Beyond Personality: or First Steps in the Doctrine of the Trinity".
All meetings will be at 7:00 p.m., at Rock Point Books, 4th and Broad Street in downtown Chattanooga.
Look forward to seeing you there.
Monday, July 20, 2009
From the article:
"The article Beebe wrote documenting his discovery, “Language and Human Nature Manuscript Fragment Found: C. S. Lewis On Language and Meaning,” will be published next year in the Journal Seven: An Anglo-American Literary Review."
For information on this publication, see our Nexus section (right hand column), VII.
I have seen no news on when the manuscript will be published, but its publishing is mentioned by Beebe.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
FYI, homepage for the program: http://www.100huntley.com/index.php
Will Vaus' site can be found in our links.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
"Michael Ward's Planet Narnia is an example of a very rare species: a work of literary detection which, despite the breathtaking daring of its central thesis, is utterly convincing and compelling. Once you realise -- as most of Lewis's enthusiastic readers have not done -- the extent to which their hero was soaked in mediaeval cosmology, and saw some of its key elements as pointers to profound aspects of God-given reality, the pieces fall into place with the combined thrill of an aesthetic, intellectual and spiritual satisfaction. Ward anticipates and more than answers every possible objection to his stunning proposal. His detailed scholarship, down to the use of Lewis's underlining of particular passages in his own copies of obscure mediaeval poetry, reinforces the thesis at every point. Reading the Narnia books will, in the best sense, never be the same again -- not that anything will be lost, but that an entire new layer of understanding will be present, shedding a quiet but powerful light on each story and on the collection as a whole. It's rather like the moment when Albert Schweitzer explained to his French organ teacher what the Bach chorales were all about, by referring them back to the Lutheran hymns Bach had in mind, a whole world of which French Catholicism had been ignorant. Suddenly the music made a whole new sense, without losing anything of its previous beauty. What's more, Ward's own writing, though academically rigorous in expounding complex and sometimes abstract themes, is not without its own literary beauty, its own webs of allusion and echo, and its own spiritual challenge to the shrunken imagination, cosmology and theology of our own day. Lewis may count himself lucky that the person who would tumble to his long-buried secret was one whose own powers of understanding and expression would be equal to the task, not just of proposing it to a surprised public, but of exploring and explaining the theme in a manner worthy of its subject-matter."
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
We have reported news that the material in Michael Ward's book Planet Narnia is being made into a movie. There's now a website about the video, with a link to Youtube so you can see a trailer. The website is: http://www.narniacode.com/ . We don't yet know when this will be available for the public, but we'll keep you posted.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Since it was published in 1418, The Imitation of Christ (De Imitatio Dei) by Thomas a'Kempis has been the most widely read book of Christian devotion, second only to the Bible in its use. After he returned to his Christian roots, C. S. Lewis read from this book every day.
As an attempt to better understand Lewis' spirituality, we are going to read this book and discuss it at our next meeting, 17 April, at Rock Point Books.
Many editions of this work are available. I recommend a more modern English translation. Rock Point had a nice one when we were last there. They can certainly order one for you. The cover seen here is of the Dover Publications edition, which is only about $2.50 and features the translation of Croft and Bolton.
Even if you are not able to read the book ahead of time, come anyway. You may learn of a book that you will want to make a part of your life in the years to come.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
The speaker for the Twenty-Seventh Annual C. S. Lewis Lecture at UTC is Mark Noll of the University of Notre Dame. The lecture is entitled "Race & Religion in American Politics: A History in Desperate Need of Theological Evaluation". The lecture will be on Monday, March 23, 2009, 7:30 P.M. at the Benwood Auditorium, in the New Engineering Building. The series is sponsored by IVCF, UTC, and Covenant College. Admission is Free.
Dr. Timothy George, who had to cancel the last time he was to speak, is scheduled for the 2010 lecture.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
It's very difficult to find and expensive on the used book market. It is a book containing C. S. Lewis' lectures at Cambridge University on the famous work by Edmund Spenser, The Fairie Queen, compiled and amplified by a gentleman named Alastair Fowler. Cambridge University published the lectures under the title Spenser's Images of Life in 1967. Lewis had intended that these lectures be the basis for a book, but he died before he could finish them up. Thanks to Mr. Fowler, we can read something very close to what Lewis wanted us to read.
Spenser was one of Lewis' favourite authors. Lewis writes extensively about him in his volumes English Literature in the Sixteenth Century and The Allegory of Love. It has been said that Lewis' interpretation and appreciation of Spenser caused a revolution in Spenserian studies and contributed greatly to Spenser being considered in the same rank with such men as Milton, Chaucer, and Shakespeare.
Dr. William Tate, professor of English at Covenant College, has kindly agreed to come and speak to us about these lectures on Spenser by Lewis and to help us appreciate more deeply Lewis, the literary scholar. Our meeting, as usual, will be at Rock Point Books, 4th & Broad, in downtown Chattanooga. We will meet on Friday, the 16th, at 7:00 P.M. We hope you will be able to join us.