About

Our Purpose

History

The C.S. Lewis Society of California is an independent, non-profit, Christian, educational and cultural organization interested in events, publications, and other developments that advance deeper understanding of the enduring philosophical, cultural, historical, literary, spiritual, social, and economic issues of mankind.

  • Stimulate and advance public interest in the life, works, and ideas of C. S. Lewis
  • Encourage deeper understanding of Lewis as a man, author and thinker, as well as others’ work that pertains to such topics
  • Foster understanding of and serve as a clearinghouse of information on the issues Lewis addressed
  • Promote both popular and scholarly study and writing
  • Sponsor and organize speaking, theatrical, film and other events
  • Network with and assist other organizations that share an active interest in such topics

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.

Officers and Board of Directors

David J. Theroux

Founder and President

The Independent Institute

Andrew Alexander Dósa, Esq.

Secretary

Attorney at Law

Paul D. Ashby, Ph.D.

Treasurer

Staff Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California

Mary L. G. Theroux

Vice President

Former Chairman, Garvey International

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Mark Hofman, M.Div.

Pastor, Alameda Christian Reformed Church

José Maria J. Yulo, Ph.D.

Instructor, The Academy of Art University
Research Fellow, The Independent Institute

Board of Advisors

Michael D. Aeschliman
Professor of Education, Boston University; Director, Erasmus Institute, Switzerland

 

Jonathan J. Bean
Professor of History, Southern Illinois University

 

Arthur C. Brooks
President, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research

 

Paul A. Cleveland
Professor of Economics, Birmingham-Southern College

 

G. Marcus Cole
Helen L. Crocker Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law, Stanford University

 

James T. Como
Professor of Rhetoric and Public Communication, York College, City University of New York

 

Stephen T. Davis
Russell K. Pitzer Professor of Philosophy, Claremont McKenna College

 

David C. Downing
R. W. Schlosser Professor of English, Elizabethtown College

 

Colin Duriez
Author, The C.S. Lewis Encyclopedia, The C.S. Lewis ChroniclesThe Inklings HandbookTolkien and C.S. LewisA Field Guide to Narniaand Tolkien and the Lord of the Rings

 

Freeman J. Dyson
Professor Emeritus of Physics, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University;
Templeton Prize Laureate

 

Kenneth G. Elzinga
Robert C. Taylor Professor of Economics, University of Virginia

 

Thomas P. Flint
Professor of Philosophy and Director
Notre Dame Center for Philosophy of Religion, University of Notre Dame

 

Stewart C. Goetz
Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Ursinus College

 

Peter J. Hill
George F. Bennett Chair of Economics Emeritus, Wheaton College

 

Laurence R. Iannaccone
Director, Institute for the Study of Religion, Economics, and Society
Argyros School of Business and Economics, Chapman University

 

Philip Jenkins
Distinguished Professor of History and Co-Director for the Program on Historical Studies of Religion, Baylor University

 

Peter G. Klein
Senior Research Fellow, Center for Entrepreneurship & Free Enterprise
Hankamer School of Business, Baylor University

 

Robert C. Koons
Professor of Philosophy, University of Texas

 

Peter J. Kreeft
Professor of Philosophy, Boston College

 

John C. Lennox
Professor of Mathematics, University of Oxford; Fellow in Mathematics and Philosophy of Science, Green Templeton College

 

Wilfred M. McClay
SunTrust Chair of Excellence in Humanities, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga

Scot McKnight
Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies, North Park University

 

Marjorie Lamp Mead
Associate Director, The Marion E. Wade Center, Wheaton College

 

J. P. Moreland
Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Biola University

 

Andrew P. Morriss
Dean and Anthony G. Buzbee Dean’s Endowed Chairholder, Texas A&M School of Law

 

Robert H. Nelson
Senior Fellow, The Independent institute;
Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland

 

Armand M. Nicholi, Jr.
Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

 

J. I. Packer
Board of Governors Professor of Theology, Regent College, Canada

 

Alvin Plantinga
Jellema Chair in Philosophy, Calvin College; John O’Brien Chair of Philosophy Emeritus, University of Notre Dame

 

Sir John C. Polkinghorne
Retired President, Queens’ College; Templeton Prize Laureate;
former Professor of Mathematical Physics, Cambridge University

 

Mary S. Poplin
Professor of Educational Studies and Director, Institute for Education in Transformation
Claremont Graduate University

 

Stephen G. Post
Professor of Preventive Medicine
Director, Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics
Stony Brook University

 

Peter J. Schakel
Peter C. and Emajean Cook Professor of English, Hope College

 

Jeffrey P. Schloss
Professor of Biology, Westmont College

 

Rodney Stark
University Professor of Social Sciences
Co-Director and Distinguished Senior Fellow, Institute for Studies of Religion, Baylor University

 

Edward P. Stringham
President and Director of Research and Education at the American Institute for Economic Research; Kathryn Wasserman Davis Professor of Economic Organizations and Innovation and Deputy Director of the Shelby Cullom Davis Endowment, Trinity College

 

Eleonore A. Stump
Robert J. Henle Professor of Philosophy, St. Louis University

 

Charles Taliaferro
Professor of Philosophy, St. Olaf College

 

Jerry L. Walls
Professor of Philosophy, Asbury Theological Seminary

 

Michael Ward
Senior Research Fellow, Blackfriars Hall, Oxford University; Professor of Apologetics, Houston Baptist University

 

Robert M. Whaples
Professor of Economics, Wake Forest University

 

Nicholas Wolterstorff
Senior Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia; Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology, Yale University