Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Rob MacSwain this Friday

From a previous post:
Our November meeting will be on St. Andrew's Day, Friday, 30 November, at 7:00 p.m.  in the meeting room across the street from The Camp House, 1427 Williams St., on the Southside. 

Photo of book co-edited by MacSwain
For our November meeting, we will have The Rev. Dr. Robert MacSwain, Assistant Professor of Theology and Christian Ethics, The School of Theology, The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee.  His talk this evening is titled, “A Fertile Friendship: C. S. Lewis and Austin Farrer.”  It explores Farrer’s close friendship with both “Jack” and Joy Lewis, how each man understood and evaluated the other’s work, their similarities and differences, and what possible influence they may have had one another.

A philosophy graduate of Liberty University, Robert MacSwain studied theology at Princeton Theological Seminary and the University of Edinburgh, and Anglican Studies at Virginia Theological Seminary.  After an internship as Research Assistant to Archbishop George Carey at Lambeth Palace, he was ordained in 2001 and spent three years in parish ministry.  In 2004 he was awarded an Episcopal Church Foundation Fellowship and began doctoral studies with Canon Professor David Brown at the University of Durham.  However, in 2007 he followed his supervisor to the University of St. Andrews, and received his doctorate from there in 2010.  His dissertation, which focused on the religious epistemology of the Anglican theologian, philosopher, and New Testament scholar Austin Farrer, will be published in 2013 as Solved by Sacrifice: Austin Farrer, Fideism, and the Evidence of Faith.

His teaching and research interests combine philosophy, theology, ethics, literature, and spirituality with a particular focus on how these five disciplines interact within the Anglican tradition.  The author of several chapters, journal articles, book reviews, and poems, he has also co-edited four books: Grammar and Grace: Reformulations of Aquinas and Wittgenstein (with Jeffrey Stout), The Truth-Seeking Heart: Austin Farrer and His Writings (with Ann Loades), The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis (with Michael Ward), and Theology, Aesthetics, and Culture: Responses to the Work of David Brown (with Taylor Worley).

Feel free to visit the Camp House coffee shop before the meeting.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Video on C. S. Lewis and Scientism

My wife just ran across this on the net and it's very good; check it out!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Wonderful opportunity for C. S. Lewis fans

Westminster Abbey has agreed to a memorial for C. S. Lewis in the Poet's Corner, to be unveiled next November. Donations are being received for the memorial! Let's see what we can do. Go here for more information.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Lewis to be recognized at Westminster Abbey

Great news! McGrath article in the Telegraph

Audio of Dan Hamilton's tour of "Leaf by Niggle"

We currently are using a google flash-based reader for the audio; it will not work on i-products. Working on that.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Special Discussion with Dan Hamilton

The C. S. Lewis Society of Chattanooga invites you to an evening conversation with Dan Hamilton, Author of Tales of a Forgotten God and co-author of In Pursuit of C. S. Lewis, Editor of numerous editions of George MacDonald's novels, and Co-founder of the C. S. Lewis and Friends Society at Taylor University and the Central Indiana C. S. Lewis Society in Indianapolis.

Topic for the evening: "J. R. R. Tolkiens Leaf by Niggle: A Guided Tour"

Leaf by Niggle is a part of Tolkien's essay on fairy tales - Tree and Leaf  - which C. S. Lewis thought was the best work ever written of its kind. 

Dan Hamilton writes: Leaf by Niggle is a short and charming story - and one of my very favorite Tolkien pieces, one often overlooked and under-appreciated even by Tolkien enthusiasts. It was written after The Hobbit, but before The Lord of the Rings was finished and published; it unveils his creative process (in all its agonies) and reflects his persistent fears that all the marvelous spell-binding stories in his head would remain unwritten and unpublished, and eventually forgotten.

Featuring extracts from Tolkien's letters, this presentation brings out the hidden meanings and allusions in this poignant autobiographical allegory.

Pasha's Coffee House, St. Elmo
7:30-9:00 p.m., Monday, 19 November, 2012
Feel free to come early to order some of Pasha's great food and coffee

Presented by the C. S. Lewis Society of Chattanooga

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Next Men's Meeting

Our next men's meeting will be Friday, the 16th, 6:00 p.m., at the Chattanooga Billiard Club, 725 Cherry Street, downtown.  Our discussion will be of "The Founding of the Oxford Socratic Club" and "Religion without Dogma," from Lewis' God in the Dock.  You must be 21 years of age, due to Tenn. law re: smoking in a restaurant, even though we eat in a non-smoking room, but there it is.  Come ready for some lively discussion!