Monday, May 21, 2012

May meeting this Friday - "Transposition"

This just out to our e-mail list:


The topic of discussion at our next meeting of the C. S. Lewis Society of Chattanooga is Lewis' Pentecost, 1944, sermon entitled "Transposition."  The connection with Pentecost in the sermon is Lewis' use of the speaking of tongues on the day of Pentecost (Acts ii) as an example of this principle of "transposition."

What is transposition?  Lewis' friend Owen Barfield said, "It took me some time to realize that, whatever else it [transposition] is ..., [it] can be seen as a theory of imagination ... I am not sure whether there is anything like it anywhere else in Lewis' writing, but that little sermon "Transposition" amounts in my view to a theory of imagination, in which imagination is not mentioned." (Hooper, Companion, p. 574).  

Referring to the sermon, Walter Hooper writes, "Lewis was always at his best when writing about Heaven, and now he found a way of making his thoughts even clearer."  This imaginative principle described by Lewis was very important to him.  Hooper tells us in the introduction to The Weight of Glory, that Lewis had to leave the pulpit while preaching the sermon "under stress of emotion."  The Principal of the College had the congregation sing a hymn until Lewis was composed enough to come back to the pulpit and finish the sermon.

You'll notice, however, that I'm not really answering exactly what transposition is.  For that, you need to come to the meeting!  It will be at the Camp House, 1427 Williams Street, 7:00 p.m. - across the street in the craft room.  The feast of Pentecost is this Sunday and what better way to begin to celebrate the day than with a discussion of Lewis' Pentecost sermon.  We hope to see you there. 

P.S.: forgot to remind everyone that "Transposition" is the next chapter in the book we have been reading: The Weight of Glory.

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