Friday, November 11, 2011

Saturday, October 22, 2011

15 October Interview with Douglas Gresham

Middle Earth Network has a podcast interview with Douglas Gresham which is very interesting. You can get a free download of the podcast by searching I-Tunes for Middle Earth Network - it's free!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Fall, 2011 Meeting - Letters to Malcolm

Letters to Malcolm - Chiefly on Prayer will be the subject of the next meeting of the C. S. Lewis Society of Chattanooga. It is not a long book, so if you wish to attend, you have time to read it. We will meet on Friday, 21 October, at The Camp House, 1427 Williams St., on the Southside of Chattanooga, near Broad and Main. We'll be in the front room of the building across the street from Camp House Espresso (yes, dear Latin students, it would be Expresso in Latin, but we accommodate to the Italians). The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. and last an hour, with time for conversation afterwards. Hope to see you there.

Meeting Debrief:
We had 27 people to attend and they seemed to appreciate the discussion, even though I (the moderator) had us read one of the letters about a subject that Lewis himself never thought he'd figured out. Great. Here's the deal: Lewis wanted to write a book on prayer in 1953, but one of his biggest obstacles was trying to figure out how the Bible can promise that we can ask anything we want in prayer, with faith, and receive it, while, at the same time, we find the kind of praying that Jesus did in Gethsemane that leaves room for God to deny the request. Lewis decided to set the book aside; he felt out of his depth. Then, ten years later, he writes Letters to Malcolm, and in the 11th letter he goes back to this old problem. Now, I thought it would be good to see if Lewis had progressed any in those ten years. He had not. He still had questions about the issue and now so do we! :-) Well, thankfully, our attendees had a lot of good comments to make about prayer and our relationship with God, and so the conversation ended up being edifying after all - thankfully. I'm challenged to spend more time analyzing Lewis' arguments and trying to better understand his problem with these promises. If I come up with anything, I'll share it with you here. Our next meeting should be in January. Details will follow. In the meantime, remember that all God's promises are ultimately invitations to come to Him and find in Himself all we really need.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

A Conversation on the Imagination of C.S. Lewis

Alan Jacobs, Doug Wilson, and ND Wilson: A Conversation on the Imagination of C.S. Lewis.
Topics covered: Imagination of C.S. Lewis, Lewis and film adaptation, Lewis and technology, comparisons between Lewis and Tolkien, Narnia and the Seven Planets, and much more!

Alan Jacobs, ND Wilson, and Doug Wilson in conversation | Full Edition from Canon Wired on Vimeo.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The UTC Annual C. S. Lewis Lectureship

The committee in charge of the annual C. S. Lewis Lectureship at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga now has a page on the web. You can view it here. It's not associated with a domain name just yet; working on that.

Will Vaus promotes his new book

At our last meeting of the Society, Will Vaus told us about his writing and publishing of Mere Theology and answered questions from those attending. He also took a minute to introduce his new book, Speaking of Jack. Sorry about the watermark, but I'm trying out a new editing program, using their trial version.

Amazon link for the book.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Meeting May 20 with Will Vaus

We are looking forward to having Will Vaus with us again, this time as he kicks off his book-signing tour for his new book Speaking of Jack. He will also talk with us about his book Mere Theology, which we have been reading over the last few months. This is going to be a terrific way to finish off our 2010-2011 year! Will is a walking Lewis encyclopedia and our discussions with him are always very interesting.

The meeting will start at 7:00 P.M., Friday, 20 May, at the CAMP House, 1427 Williams St., near Broad and Main. You don't want to miss it!

Will's new book is a one-volume study guide to 40 of C. S. Lewis' books, compiled through the years as Will has been involved in various C. S. Lewis Societies. It's put together so you can read through Lewis' works in a three-year period and have discussions with your friends about it. As Dr. Diana Pavlac Glyer (author of The Company They Keep) says about the book, "Good books. Good friends. Good conversations. Will Vaus has found the perfect way to bring them all together. It's genius, and I recommend it." Will is bringing copies of this new book for sale and he'll be happy to autograph them for you. Visit Will's blog by going to:

Update, 17 May: Dr. Debbie Higgins, the current manager of the Kilns - the home of C. S. Lewis in Oxford, UK - will be with us at our meeting as well.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Recent Lecture by Peter Kreeft Now Available

Dr. Peter Kreeft was speaker at the 2011 annual C. S. Lewis Lecture at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga this past March 31. The lecture was recorded on audio tape and subsequently as a .mp3 file. The recording is a little over 1 hour long, including the introductory words by Dr. Bryan Hampton and some questions and answers at the end. You may listen to the lecture or download it by clicking here. Scroll down until you find it.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Events Update

Michael Ward lecture at Sewanee, 26 March.

For those of you who could not attend, Michael's lecture was about "seven springs of scholarship" related to Lewis studies that are currently flowing. Now that I'm going over my notes, I find I have more than 7 things and one of them is a little garbled. So! I'll contact Michael for clarification. In the mean time, he did speak of the following:
1) The Cambridge Companion to C. S. Lewis, which Ward has co-edited. Of course, he was speaking at the North American release of the book.
2) The Latin translation by C. S. Lewis of Virgil's Aeneid. This is a remarkable publication, being newly available original material by Lewis.
3) A new biography on Joy Davidman is soon to be released, and Michael said it is written by a woman who knows more about Joy Davidman than anyone else. E-notes has the following entry:
"A comprehensive biography of Joy Davidman, her life and works, is currently being written by New York City-based writer Abigail Santamaria; the book will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in Spring 2011."
4) A new biography on Lewis is coming out, written by Anglican theologian Alister McGrath.
5) George Marsden, well-known Church Historian, is going to publish a book which is supposed to be a biography of Lewis's Mere Christianity. That sounds interesting.
6) An important collection of essays related to C. S. Lewis' thoughts about the Church has been published (last week), entitled C. S. Lewis and the Church: Essays in Honour of Walter Hooper, by Wolfe and Wolfe.
7) Michael has an important essay in a new book: Imaginative Apologetics: A Theology, Philosophy and the Catholic Tradition, edited by The Revd. Dr. Andrew Davison. In fact, it was from this essay that Michael spoke to us the rest of the time and it was very, very good material.

Dr. Peter Kreeft lecture at UTC, Thursday, 1 April.

Dr. Kreeft was the speaker at the annual C. S. Lewis Lecture here at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. He spoke on Lewis' concept of Joy and it was, of course, fabulous. It was a "standing room only" event. The lecture was recorded and I hope to soon have the thing digitalized and available for you here.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Sewanee Conference - it's this Saturday, the 26th

Go here for information and RSVP on the national release of the Cambridge Companion to C. S. Lewis and day-long conference.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Our Next Meeting - 4 March

The next meeting of our Society will be Friday, 4 March, 7:00-8:00 P.M. at The Camp House, 1427 Williams Street on the southside of Chattanooga, near Broad and Main. We will cover chapters 8-13 of Mere Theology: The Holy Spirit, Forgiveness of Sins, Faith and Works, Satan and Temptation, The Tao, Venus. Be sure to get a great cup of coffee at the Windfarm Coffee Bar and then come across the street to the Camp House craft room for our discussion. If you don't get the chapters read, come anyway. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Our meeting this month

Our January meeting will be on Friday, the 28th, at The Camp House, 1427 Williams Street, on the Southside of Chattanooga near Broad and Main. Our topic of discussion will be the first several chapters of Will Vaus' book Mere Theology: "Defending the Faith", "Scripture", "The Three-Personal God", "God’s Sovereignty and Human Responsibility", "Creation", "The Fall", "The Person and Work of Christ".

The meeting will be from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M.

We'll be meeting
in the Craft Workshop room across the street, so after you get your gourmet coffee at the Camp House, come on over. This cozier room has been working well for us.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

2011 Plans - Out to those on our e-mail list a few days ago

Dear Fans of C. S. Lewis:

Spring, 2011 Schedule of Meetings

Note: Specific dates and times to be posted ASAP.

We will do something different over the next several months. We will work through Will Vaus’ book Mere Theology a Guide to the Thought of C. S. Lewis. The book is comprised of 25 chapters dealing with various theological themes found in Lewis’ writings. It’s like a course on Christian theology with Lewis as your guide. At our meetings, in between sips of coffee, we will discuss what we have read in preparation for the meeting.

The schedule will be as follows:
28 January, chapters 1-7: Defending the Faith, Scripture, The Three-Personal God, God’s Sovereignty and Human Responsibility, Creation, The Fall, The Person and Work of Christ.
4 March (No February mtg.), chapters 8-13: The Holy Spirit, Forgiveness of Sins, Faith and Works, Satan and Temptation, The Tao, Venus.
24 April, chapters 14-19: Marriage and Divorce, Men Are from Mars, I Am the King’s Man, War and Peace, What’s Love Got to Do with It?, and The Church.
20 May, chapters 20-25: Prayer, The Sacraments, Hell, Purgatory, Heaven, The World’s Last Night.

You will need to have a book and do the best you can to read the chapters ahead of time. Thankfully, Vaus’ style is very readable. You will have no problem getting through the book and appreciating his summary of Lewis’ teaching on these subjects. It will be a good exercise for us all. Dates and details will follow.

A Special March

March will be special. Beside our meeting on the 4th, you are all invited to attend the North American Book Launch of The Cambridge Companion to C. S. Lewis and Day Conference. This will be held at The University of the South, in Sewanee, Saturday, 26 March. The co-editors of the book, The Rev. Dr. Michael Ward and the Rev. Dr. Rob MacSwain, will be present. See the Thursday, 3 March, link above for more info and RSVP.

But that’s not all!

March is also the time of the year for the annual University of Tennessee at Chattanooga C. S. Lewis Lecture. This year we are delighted to have Dr. Peter Kreeft of Boston College as our speaker. Dr. Kreeft is a wonderful speaker; warm, devout and very intelligent. He has authored many books and plays a very important part in helping people to understand the Christian view of the world, or at least what it ought to be. He will be speaking on evening of Thursday, 31 March. You really do not want to miss this. For more information on Dr. Kreeft, visit his website.

Conference anyone?

It’s been a long time since we had a conference. Our last was with The Rev. Dr. Lyle Dorsett of Beeson Seminary. It was very good. We ought to have another. I’m working on plans to have a weekend conference in the fall of 2011. I’ve already secured Dr. Jim Peters of Sewanee as a speaker and am waiting to hear back from some others. We do not have a date or a theme as yet, but as things develop, I’ll be sure to let you know.

In the meantime, secure your copy of Mere Theology and I look forward to seeing you in January.