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.
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.