Monday, June 26, 2017

Our Meeting this July

We welcome Dr. Bryan Hampton to our July meeting of the C. S. Lewis Society of Chattanooga. Dr. Hampton is the Kennedy Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of English, at UTC.
His topic: "Breath, Song, and Self Will: Lewis & Tolkien on Creation and Temptation".

C. S. Lewis’s and J. R. R. Tolkien’s impulses to create the beautiful and fragile mythic worlds of Narnia and Middle-earth were shaped in part by the brutal destruction and devastation of the Great War. This lecture discusses how The Magician’s Nephew and The Silmarillion both depict the first moments of creation by the Lion Aslan and the God Il├║vatar, respectively, through the metaphor of music, and render protagonists who grapple with villains that disrupt the song of creation and seek to recreate the world in their own image.

The lecture will be held at The Meeting House, 3912 Dayton Blvd, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37415, Thursday, July 27.  We hope you can attend. The lecture and Q&A will be 7:00-8:00 p.m.; the coffee shop will be open until 9:00. $5 at the door. It's going to be good! :-)

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

June Meeting - Dr. Crystal Hurd

We are happy to welcome Dr. Crystal Hurd to our first meeting of the C. S. Lewis Society of Chattanooga this summer. Her topic will be: "Dear Papy": The Enduring Influence of Albert Lewis on his son, C. S. Lewis. Dr. Hurd has quickly become a "go to" person for understanding Lewis' father, Albert. Her insights are very interesting indeed. Dr. Hurd is from Bristol, VA. She is a teacher and Reviews Editor for the journal, "Sehnsucht: The C. S. Lewis Journal." Her blog:

The date: Thursday, 22 June.
Time: Our meeting officially lasts from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Place: The Meeting House, 3912 Dayton Blvd, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37415, and the coffee shop will be open until 9:00 p.m. There is plenty of parking behind the building.

For our Facebook event page, you can click here.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Joe Johnston Q&A about The Silver Chair!

Joe Johnston spends 16 minutes on You Tube answering questions about the upcoming The Silver Chair movie!  See it here.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Annual Univ. of Tenn. @ Chatta. C. S. Lewis Lecture

Be sure to go to the website of the UTC Annual C. S. Lewis lecture for information about this year's lecture - next month!!

Larry Arnn Interview: That Hideous Strength

Hey, Folks: Listen to a 4 part interview of Larry Arnn by Hugh Hewitt about Lewis' book That Hideous Strength - go to this link, and scroll down until you find the 4 broadcasts - in reverse order Enjoy!

Monday, November 21, 2016

You are invited to our Christmas party!

The C. S. Lewis Society of Chattanooga and The Meeting House in Red Bank invite you to our "White-Witch-Defying Christmas Party," Tuesday evening, 13 December, at 7:00 p.m.

While we are still planning fun things to do, some of the activities we are discussing are:
1. A brief talk on why Narnia celebrates Christmas in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.
2. A dramatic reading of the Christmas party in the story. We may also have an excerpt from the Disney movie.
3. A flaming snap-dragon!
4. Food and drink - of course - of the Christmas variety. We will probably request people to help out with this.
5. Crackers! (the popping-kind!)
6. Should we do white elephant gifts?
7. etc. We expect the coffee shop to be open.
8. Narnia-related costumes are welcome!

The Facebook event page is here!

The Meeting House is located at 3912 Dayton Blvd. in Red Bank. We plan to meet from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. $5 at the door. If you are a Narnia fan, you are invited!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Our Survey Results

Over the last few weeks, I conducted an e-mail survey of both those who are on our regular Society list and those who are on the list of attendees at our Meeting House sessions since the summer.  There were 22 responses - not very good, I'm afraid, but here are the results:

Question 1: What 2 books would you like to discuss?
Response: the top books were these, beginning with the most requested:
God in the Dock
The Abolition of Man
and coming in at a close third: Mere Christianity

Question 2: What areas would you like discussed?
59% - Christian living
50% - Christian apologetics
Third place was tied with three categories (each receiving 45% of the responses):
  • Anything Inklings related
  • Books Lewis liked to read
  • Christian Theology and Philosophy
Question 3: What day of the week do you prefer to meet?
Response: Hands down, Tuesday or Thursday, Thursday being preferred just a little bit more than Tuesday.

Question 4: Do you have any particular questions you want to discuss?
40% - God's existence
40% - What makes a book a good book?
35% - Anything about Narnia
15% - Other

Question 5: A particular problem for which you'd like if Lewis addressed?
Most people said no.  Of those who did have a question, there were 7 different responses, though 2 were interested in politics - aren't we all!  :-)

Voila!  So, where do we go from here?  Well, with Christmas on the horizon, I'm thinking we may have something Narnia related early December.  Let me get back with you after talking with the folks at The Meeting House.  Feel free to comment, and let me know what you think - especially if you missed the survey!  Ha! 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Our October, 2016, Meeting

C. S. Lewis had his own "Gethsemane experience." It was during the illness and loss of his wife, Joy, who died in the spring of 1960. Lewis makes this plain to us in his book, Letters to Malcolm.

Lewis speaks elsewhere about issues related to Jesus' prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane as well.

What does he say about the prayer? What intellectual problems did the prayer raise in Lewis' mind and how did he answer them?

At our Thursday, October 20, meeting, we will read what Lewis has to say about Jesus' prayer. We will also view a short video Rev. Beckmann made in Oxford this summer where he addresses in particular Lewis' comments in Letters to Malcolm. You will find Lewis' words both interesting and encouraging. We hope you will join us. 

The Meeting House is located at 3912 Dayton Boulevard in Red Bank.  $5 at the door.

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