Saturday, March 27, 2010

We Revisit Narnia in April

Will Vaus has done it again! Another great book for Lewis fans, and this time he leads us on an exploration of Narnia. The book, The Hidden Story of Narnia, is "hot off the press," and Will is going to revisit our Society and tell us all about it. The meeting will be at The Camp House, 1427 Williams Street, in the Southside of Chattanooga, Friday 23 April, at 7:00 P.M.

By the way, in a recent e-mail to those on our list, I attributed the following quote about Will's book to Dr. Bruce Edwards:
"What a delightful--and helpful--book! Readers of Lewis' Narnia books will enjoy splashing back into the stories and thinking about the enduring truths so freshly evoked by Lewis and highlighted by Will Vaus. Though rooted in solid scholarship and theology, The Hidden Story of Narnia is accessible to those new to both. It will take you back to The Chronicles of Narnia for another look--at the books, at yourself."

However, now that I look at the page on Will's website again, I think I've got the reviewers mixed up. The above quote seems to be from Wayne Martindale, Professor of English, Wheaton College. Bruce's quote is as follows:

"As with his previous work on C. S. Lewis, Will Vaus provides clarity and informed perspective, taking us behind the scenes of the origins and meaning of Narnia. The teacher as well as the student of Narnia will find this a very useful volume."

Oh well - we get the point: great book!

Hope to see you in April and be sure to tell everyone that the meeting is not at Rock Point Books, as it has been in the past, but at The Camp House. Thank you!

Our new venue at the Camp House worked out really well. Will was able to put his powerpoint on their screens, plenty of room for everybody, sound was good, and - and! - parking was great! Will introduced his new book, spending most of the time on Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Quite enjoyable and we look forward to having Will with us again.

A New Venue for our Society

After several great years at Rock Point Books, we are going to have to move our meetings to another venue. Changes have taken place at Rock Point that have been good for their business, but, sadly, they are not working for us.

We have been graciously invited by Chris Sorenson to meet at The Camp House, located at 1427 William's Street in the Southside of Chattanooga. The building is the main studio of a famous local artist, but most of it has been remodeled into a multi-purpose facility that will - hopefully by the time of our next meeting - include a coffee shop. And the parking will be better! Huzzah!

Please be sure to tell your friends about the change. As stated elsewhere, our next meeting will be Friday, 23 April, with Will Vaus. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

March Meeting This Friday

We have reached the conclusion of Lewis' Cosmic Trilogy (I'm liking that label) and it's time to get together and talk about what we are learning from it. We will be privileged to have Dr. Steve Barnes from Shorter College in Rome to lead our discussion. Friday, March 26, the meeting will again be at Rock Point Books, 4th & Broad, 7:00 P.M. and I promise to be sure the sound works better this time. You are invited, so come and join us!

We had our March meeting last night with Dr. Steve Barnes of Shorter College. His presentation on That Hideous Strength was very interesting. If you will recall, the various planets of our solar system are involved in the the story, in that their angels come to Earth to thwart the devil's plot to destroy Logres (the True England, according to Arthurian tradition). These angels are the true gods behind the classical idea of the planets and their divinities. What Steve did was to trace the Western understanding of these gods, especially Venus and Mars, from the Greeks to the Christian tradition. He then wove this understanding into Lewis' story and helped us to see how the later characteristics of Venus and Mars played a role. He convincingly explained that the main organizing theme of the book was Matrimony. The book begins with a matrimony that is unhealthy and troubled and ends with Venus and Mars & Co. straightening all that out. Through it all, Lewis is trying to help us to understand the importance of the physical part of human nature. Fascinating.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Google Review of Don King's Book on Lewis the Poet

If you have not read King's book on Lewis the Poet and do not yet have a copy, you may like perusing the book on Google. You can read the excerpts by going here.
Dr. King will be with us in May.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

28th Annual C. S. Lewis Lecture at UTC This Month

Don't forget that Monday, 22 March, 7:30 P.M., Dr. Timothy George, Dean of Beeson Divinity School, will be speaking on the subject "The Making of the English Bible." The annual UTC C. S. Lewis lectures are sponsored by Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, Covenant College, and UTC. The lecture will be at the Benwood Auditorium, in the Engineering Building, located at Vine and Palmetto. See you there!

Update: Just got back a while ago; great lecture, mostly on Tyndale's work. Some good Q & A afterwards. Thanks for coming, Dr. George!