The C. S. Lewis Society Newsletter
"The Screwtape Letters on Stage" Returns to Northern California:
Sponsored by Fellowship for the Performing Arts
The sensational and hilarious, stage production of C.S. Lewis's bestselling novel and masterpiece of religious satire, The Screwtape Letters, directed by Max McLean, returns to Northern California at the Hoffman Theatre in the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek (June 21-23)!
The Screwtape Letters explores the theme of spiritual warfare from a demon’s point of view. This funny, provocative and wickedly witty theatrical adaptation—critically acclaimed in New York; standing room only at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington D.C.; and called the "most successful show in the history of the Chicago Mercury Theater" by the Chicago Tribune—will change the way you think about the problems in your everyday life. The Screwtape Letters entertains and uplifts people with its hilarious, sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the vantage point of Screwtape, the highly placed assistant to his demonic “father below.”
When and Where:
Walnut Creek, CA:
Friday, June 21, 8 p.m. PT • Saturday, June 22, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. PT • Sunday, June 23, 3 p.m. PT
Hoffman Theatre, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, California
Contact for Tickets:
Please be sure to reserve early as there is limited seating available. To make your reservations, please use Code CS11 for special discounts!
- Save $10 on Great Seats! (When buying two $49 or $59 tickets.) Call 415-392-4400 or visit: ScrewtapeOnStage.com. (Use CODE CS11)
- Save More on Groups of 10 or more! Call 866-476-8707 (Use CODE CS11
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 8 and 22: Lilith: A Romance, by George MacDonald; leader/moderator, Eric Rauscher
Authored by the man whom C.S. Lewis credited with "baptizing my imagination," Lilith is an entrancing and utterly unique, unpredictable novel, full of the beauty, the gravitas, and the underlying reality of Christian redemption. The book is based on the ancient Jewish myth of Lilith, Adam's supposed first wife, who rebelled in arrogance and greed from God’s established plan and was cast out of the Garden to be replaced by Eve. The story is not in the Bible and is not true, but Scottish author George MacDonald uses it to convey the sheer power of God’s grace. This book is all about salvation, and the necessity of letting go of sin, dying to one’s own self, and accepting the will of God to cleanse us and make us more like Him. In his large and mostly empty home, young gentleman Mr. Vane is led by a strange old librarian, Mr. Raven, to a mirror that transports him to an otherworld, where he is confronted with the truth of his own soul and with the very mystery of evil itself.
"I know nothing that gives me such a feeling of spiritual healing of being washed as to read MacDonald.”
—C. S. Lewis
"If we define Literature as an art whose medium is words, then certainly MacDonald has no place in its first rank—perhaps not even in its second. There are indeed passages where the wisdom and (I would dare to call it) the holiness that are in him triumph over and even burn away the baser elements in his style: the expression becomes precise, weighty, economic; acquires a cutting edge. But he does not maintain this level for long. The texture of his writing as a whole is undistinguished, at times fumbling. . . But this does not quite dispose of him even for the literary critic. What he does best is fantasy—fantasy that hovers between the allegorical and the mythopoeic. And this, in my opinion, he does better than any man. . . Myth does not essentially exist in words at all."
—C. S. Lewis
"Lilith is equal if not superior to the best of Poe."
—W. H. Auden
Your Gift Now Will Help Share the Joy!
For 2013, 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!
DVD: God, Nature and Modern Science:
The DVD is available based on our seminar featuring two top scholars. This very timely program examines the relationship between science and religion and offers thoughtful insights and discussion of such issues as origins, design, free will, evolution, materialism, transcendence, and much more. Moderated by David J. Theroux, the program features Paul D. Ashby (Staff Scientist, Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) and Edward B. Davis (Professor of the History of Science, Messiah College). Copies may be ordered for $19.95 per copy postpaid.
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 of these new Narnia films, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the next film, Prince Caspian, is scheduled for release in mid-2008, with Voyage of the "Dawn Treader" planned for a 2010 release and The Silver Chair scheduled for release in 2011. 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, 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