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Renowned Christian Philosopher Alvin C. Plantings Wins Prestigious Templeton Prize

The world-renowned philosopher Alvin C. Plantinga has been awarded the 2017 Templeton Prize for his pioneering work over a half century has propelled Christianity and theism into cutting edge status in academic and other circles. Indeed, he has revolutionized the field of philosophy. The Templeton Prize is sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation whose president Heather Templeton Dill has stated that, “Sometimes ideas come along that revolutionize the way we think, and those who create such breakthrough discoveries are the people we honor with the Templeton Prize. Alvin Plantinga recognized that not only did religious belief not conflict with serious philosophical work, but that it could make crucial contributions to addressing perennial problems in philosophy.”

Indeed, Plantinga has shown that Christian belief is not just “properly basic” in being true but that naturalism, materialism, and atheism are inherently incoherent, irrational, and self-refuting. In the process, Plantinga has shown that reason, free will, consciousness, individual agency, and objective truth and morality are intrinsically true. Professor Plantinga is the John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame and a Founding Member of the Board of Advisors of both the C.S. Lewis Society of California as well as the Center on Culture and Civil Society at the Independent Institute.

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The Silver Chair: Further Update on the Next Chronicles of Narnia Film

Twelve years after the 2005 release of the highly successful, Walden Media film production of C.S. Lewis’s first book in The Chronicles of Narnia book series, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, plans for a film version of Lewis’s The Silver Chair continue. Screenwriter David Magee (Life of Pi and Finding Neverland) has completed the final script for the film for the Mark Gordon Company and C.S. Lewis Company, and the director for the film is the Academy Award-winning Joe Johnston (Honey, I Shrank the Kids; Jumanji; Jurassic Park III;Captain America: The First Avenger; etc.). In addition, Stranger Things (Netflix) star Millie Bobby Brown has been offered the lead role of Jill Pole by TriStar Pictures. Filming is slated to start in the Winter of 2018.

Shadowlands: The Unlikely, True Love Story of C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman:New Stage Production

Sponsored by the Fellowship for Performing Arts (FPA)

From the producers of the stage productions of The Screwtape LettersThe Most Reluctant ConvertThe Great Divorce and Martin Luther on Trial comes Shadowlands, the unlikely and true love story of the renowned Oxford scholar and Christian apologist C.S. Lewis and the much younger Joy Davidman, a divorced Jewish New Yorker, Christian convert, and former Communist.

The smart, brash Joy bursts into Lewis’s sedate, middle-aged life and upends it. Lewis is as shocked as anyone to discover that he and Joy have fallen deeply in love—and then almost immediately he must contend with the equally deep pain of losing her when she is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Funny, poignant and insightful, Shadowlands—also an Oscar-winning film—is a moving portrait of love and loss, faith and doubt, as inspired by Lewis’s own book, A Grief Observed.

Shadowlands was formerly made into the 1992 BBC TV production (starring Joss Ackland and Claire Bloom) and the 1994 Sir Richard Attenborough directed film production (starring Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger).

When:

October 17, 2017, through January 7, 2018
Running time: 2 hours and 15 minutes including one 15-minute intermission

Where:

Theatre Row—The Acorn Theatre
410 W. 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
Phone: 212-239-6200

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Pope Francis and the Caring Society: Acclaimed New Book on How Liberty Creates a More Caring World

Pope Francis and the Caring Society is the widely acclaimed, very timely, new, and in-depth exploration of the Pope’s earnest call for a dialogue on building a truly compassionate society. Francis’s fervent support for uplifting the poor and protecting the environment has inspired far-reaching discussions worldwide: However, what is the most effective way to fight poverty? And what value does a Christian perspective offer in addressing moral, political, and economic problems?

Pope Francis and the Caring Society is an indispensable resource for considering these and other vital questions. Edited by Robert M. Whaples, with a foreword by the late Michael Novak, the book provides an integrated perspective on Francis and the issues he has raised, examining the intersection of religion, politics, and economics, includes both Catholics and Protestants, and it has been endorsed by dozens of Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish scholars. Readers will discover important historical and cultural context for considering Francis’s views, along with alternative solutions for environmental preservation, a defense of Francis’s criticism of power and privilege, the case for market-based entrepreneurship and private charity as essential tools for fighting poverty, and an examination of Francis’s philosophy of the family. Pope Francis and the Caring Society is essential reading for anyone interested in creating a better, more caring, and prosperous world.

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The Lord of the Rings: New TV Series

The hugely successful, fantasy adventure book series by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of Rings, is now being developed for a multi-year TV series by Amazon Studios with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Brothers Entertainment. The 3-volume book series has sold over 150 million sets worldwide and the 3-part film series by director Peter Jackson made $2.91 billion dollars in box office tickets. The films were nominated for 30 Academy Awards and won 17. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis were best friends and the main figures in The Inklings, the literary society they ran and that met at least once weekly for decades in Oxford, England.

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