The C. S. Lewis Society Newsletter
"C.S. Lewis — Mere Christian: Mere Christianity"
Sponsored by Christ Episcopal Church, Sausalito
Co-sponsored by the C.S. Lewis Society of California and New York C.S. Lewis Society
- Welcome by The Ven. Malcolm H. Manson, Associate Rector, Christ Episcopal Church
- Film showing: "The Widening Circle" (28 minutes) featuring C.S. Lewis scholars commenting on his impact
- Presentation by Robert Trexler, Editor, CSL: The Bulletin of The New York C.S. Lewis Society; President, Winged Lion Press; publisher, writer and scholar of C.S. Lewis and George MacDonald
WHEN: Saturday, September 13
2:00 p.m.: Wine & Cheese Reception
3:00 p.m.: Program with film, presentation and Q&A
Christ Episcopal Church, Campbell Hall, 70 Santa Rosa Avenue, Sausalito, CA 94965
Donation: $20 per person, $10 per student
Phone: 415-332-1539 • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Coming to San José: "C.S. Lewis's The Great Divorce on Stage"
Sponsored by the Fellowship for the Performing Arts
From the producers of the superb hit "C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters on Stage” now comes the highly anticipated theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s enchanting novel, The Great Divorce. In this amazing journey from Hell to Heaven, Lewis creates some of the quirkiest, most hopelessly flawed, but still worth redeeming, characters he ever created. An extraordinary meditation upon Good and Evil, Grace and Judgment, Lewis’s The Great Divorce shows that the gates of Hell really are locked from the inside.
Audiences agree with the critics that this stage adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s The Great Divorce entertains, inspires, engages and starts conversations that continue long after the curtain comes down. This is Lewis at his incisive, witty and imaginative best!
Friday, October 10, 2014, 8 p.m. PT
Saturday, October 11, 2014, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. PT
California Theatre, San José, CA
C.S. Lewis Society Book and Film Club of the Bay Area: Meetings are held bi-weekly at 7:30 p.m. to read and discuss books by C. S. Lewis and others. To attend or inquire with questions, please phone 510-635-6892 or email to email@example.com.
September 10 and October 1:
A Reasonable Response: Answers to Tough Questions on God, Christianity and the Bible, by William Lane Craig; leader/moderator, Paul Ashby, Ph.D.
"No sincere question about God is out of bounds. Here, one of the world's foremost apologists offers insightful answers to challenging inquiries sent to him—and models how to help people get past their spiritual sticking points."
—Lee Strobel, bestselling author, The Case for Christ and The Case for Faith
"When I am preparing for a debate or a presentation before an atheistic college audience, there is no one I rely on more for clear arguments than William Lane Craig. Now the most important of those arguments appear in this one volume! A Reasonable Response should convince anyone who is truly reasonable that Christianity is indeed true." —Frank Turek, President, CrossExamined.org; co-author, I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist
"Christians today have access to tremendous informational resources for defending the faith-but information by itself is not enough. Apologetics is relational; questions and objections come from real people, whether they are family, friends, coworkers, or even strangers on the Internet. A Reasonable Response provides a valuable resource for Christians who seek both to have good answers to questions, and to share those answers in a way that will be genuinely respectful and helpful. The question-and-answer format makes A Reasonable Response a handy reference guide while also modeling how to graciously answer questions. A further benefit of this book is the extensive introduction, conclusion, and appendixes that explore crucial ideas about apologetics dialogue as a ministry."
—Holly Ordway, Chair, Department of Apologetics, Houston Baptist University; Founder, Confident Christianity Apologetics Ministry
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For 2014, we invite you to join with us as a Member of the C.S. Lewis Society with a tax-deductible contribution and participate in the Society while supporting our unique, very timely and far-reaching Christian educational program. And with your gift now of $100 or more, you can receive a FREE book or DVD!
About C. S. Lewis:
In its November 7, 2005 issue, Time magazine noted the following about the world-renowned Oxford/Cambridge scholar and best-selling author C.S. Lewis:
“In 1947, a Time cover story hailed Lewis as ‘one of the most influential spokesmen for Christianity in the English-speaking world.’ Now, 58 years later (and 42 years after his death, in 1963), he could arguably be called the hottest theologian.”
Indeed, C. S. Lewis’s books sell at an astounding rate worldwide, and in his extensive and immensely popular work, he very effectively champions objective truth, goodness, natural law, literary excellence, reason, science, individual liberty, personal responsibility, and Christian faith. In his professional writings, Lewis was a literary critic, novelist, poet, essayist, and man of letters. His work captures a grandeur, precision, wit, imagination and insight seldom matched by others, and in the process, he articulately critiques the materialism, reductionism, scientism, collectivism, nihilism, statism, and de-humanization of the modern era.
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Books, Films, CDs and More:
Of his many works, Lewis is probably best known for his book series, The Chronicles of Narnia, which have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide and are now the subject of a major new series of films. With the enormous success of the first three Narnia films, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair is scheduled for release in 2015. In addition, other novels by Lewis are being made into films, including The Screwtape Letters which is underway, and efforts are being pursued for a film based on The Great Divorce.
And with the significant increase in sales for Lewis’s books (many of which are also available on CD)which were already selling 6 millions copies annuallymany people are discovering Lewis for the first time while others are rediscovering the unique magic and relevance of his work.
The scope of Lewis’s work is quite remarkable, including philosophy and theologyThe Abolition of Man, Christian Reflections, Mere Christianity, The Four Loves, The Problem of Pain, Miracles; literary history and criticismThe Discarded Image, The Allegory of Love, English Literature in the Sixteenth Century; fictionThe Screwtape Letters, Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, That Hideous Strength, The Great Divorce, Till We Have Faces; autobiographySurprised by Joy, A Grief Observed; current affairsGod in the Dock, Present Concerns; poetryNarrative Poems, Poems; and much more.
Your Invitation to Join the C. S. Lewis Society of California:
As a result, we welcome those who may be interested in C.S. Lewis to become a Member and participate in the program of the C. S. Lewis Society of California. The Society is interested in events, articles, interviews, publications, and other developments that advance deeper understanding of the life, works, and ideas of C. S. Lewis and others who are addressing the enduring philosophical, cultural, historical, literary, theological, social, and economic issues of mankind.
“For the last thirty years of his life no other Christian writer in this century had such an influence on the general reading public as C.S. Lewis.”The Times Literary Supplement (London)
“Lewis gives us permission to admit our own doubts, our own angers and anguishes, and to know that they are part of the soul’s growth.”Madeleine L’Engle, author, A Wrinkle in Time and other books
“I read Lewis for comfort and pleasure many years ago, and a glance into the books revives my old admiration.”John Updike, novelist and poet
“Rarely is so much learning displayed with so much grace and charm.” “Lewis combines a novelist’s insights into motives with a profound religious understanding.”The New York Times Book Review
“Lewis, perhaps more than any other twentieth-century writer, forced those who listened to him and read his works to come to terms with their own philosophical presuppositions.”Los Angeles Times
"C. S. Lewis was a genius."Thomas S. Szasz, Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus, State University of New York Upstate Health Science Center
“Lewis’s words appear often in my Mitford storieswhere would the Christian thinker be without Lewis? He is pivotal.”Jan Karon, author of The Mitford books
“Lucid, urbane, modest, and humorous. . . Lewis writing on the aspect of fiction called Story has to be listened to, since he was himself a superb story-teller.”Anthony Burgess, author, playwright, and composer
“If wit and wisdom, style and scholarship are requisites to passage through the pearly gates, Mr. Lewis will be among the angels.”The New Yorker
“A powerful, discriminating and poetic mind, great learning, startling wit, and overwhelming imagination. ”Saturday Review
“Somebody pointed me towards C.S. Lewis's little book called Mere Christianity, which took all of my arguments that I thought were so airtight about the fact that faith is just irrational, and proved them totally full of holes. And in fact, turned them around the other way, and convinced me that the choice to believe is actually the most rational conclusion when you look at the evidence around you. That was a shocking sort of revelation, and one that I fought bitterly for about a year and then finally decided to accept.”Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Human Genome Research Institute; author, The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief
“Learned, brilliant and lively, Lewis was always an artist with words, whether as a professional academic writing for colleagues in his own field; as an author of novels, fantasies and tales for children; or as a composer of didactic expositions, apologetic discussions, and journal and newspaper articles by the bushel, all seeking to commend and consolidate Christian faith. He was fastidious and fair-minded (while sometimes satirical), probing and thoughtful, logical and magisterial, orthodox and arresting, and clear and compelling. . . . In short, he was never less than a first-class read. . . . The two lobes of our brain, left for the logical and linear and right for the romantic and imaginative, were both thoroughly developed in Lewis, so that he was as strong in fantasy and fiction as he was in analysis and argument. There is always a didactic dimension to his spiritual-life writing, just as there is always a visionary dimension to his apologetics. The combination made him in his day, and makes him still, a powerful and haunting communicator in both departments.”J. I. Packer, Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College