Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Is Theology Poetry? - audio interview with Dr. Ordway

I had the rich blessing of spending time with Dr. Holly Ordway at the Kilns this month.  She has a lot of really good things to say about Lewis' work.  Here is a brief interview with her by William O'Flaherty about the essay which is our topic of discussion at the meeting this Friday.


Monday, June 25, 2012

Is Theology Poetry? This Friday

Update: 4:12 p.m., Tues. 26 June: venue: Craft room across from the Camp House, 1427 Williams St. on the Southside.

Why do Christians believe what they believe?  Is it because they leave Reason behind and are simply victims of an overactive imagination?  Is Christian belief merely a kind of poetry - something that satisfies the imagination, and nothing more?  Has Reason no role in leading to Christian belief?
Such was the challenge set before C. S. Lewis at the 6 November, 1944, meeting of the Oxford Socratic Club.  In the essay "Is Theology Poetry?" Lewis takes the challenge on as a true champion of Christian apologetic.

Professor Marvin Hinten in the C. S. Lewis Readers' Encyclopedia (p. 222) considers this essay poor and disjointed.  The second half, he claims, is off topic.  Rev. Beckmann will demonstrate how this is not the case.  The essay is quite brilliant and exemplifies how formidable Lewis could be in debate at the Socratic Club.  The whole essay fits the topic and is especially interesting because of the way Lewis uses his own personal experience to answer the topic at hand.

"Is Theology Poetry?", the fifth chapter in the book The Weight of Glory, is both autobiographical and a living witness of what it could be like to be present at a meeting of the Socratic Club.  Why not be present at our next meeting of the C. S. Lewis Society of Chattanooga and enjoy with us together this wonderful essay?

The meeting will be this Friday evening, 7:00 P.M.  The venue will be confirmed within twenty-four hours, so check back tomorrow if you think you can make it.

Narnia Code Podcast Series Begins

Be sure to listen to the podcast series on Michael Ward's book The Narnia Code that has just been posted.  You can hear it here.