Saturday, September 19, 2009

Our First Meeting for This Season


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.

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