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

An analytical summary of The Problem of Pain, ch.'s 1-3

You can download the summary Rev. Beckmann composed of the first three chapters of The Problem of Pain by clicking here. It's a MS Word doc. Feel free to ask questions about it.

Monday, March 2, 2009

2009 UTC C. S. Lewis Lecture

Just in the mail today:
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

The Problem of Pain - Our Next Meeting

Right on the heels of A Grief Observed and the Shadowlands movies, we will read and discuss Lewis' famous book The Problem of Pain at our next meeting of the Society. Please join us at Rock Point Books, 4th & Broad, in downtown Chattanooga on Friday, 20 March, 7:00 P.M.