Logos: The C.S. Lewis Society Update (November 2008)

1. Atheism vs. Christianity Debates:

Two major debates have now been held between Oxford University scholars, atheist Richard Dawkins and Christian John Lennox. The first, "The God Delusion," was held October 3, 2007, at the University of Alabama and can be viewed here.

The second debate, "Has Science Buried God?", has just been held at Oxford’s Natural History Museum on October 21, 2008, and here is an excellent article by Melanie Phillips in The Spectator that discusses the results. As Ms. Phillips discusses, in the first debate, "Dawkins was badly caught off-balance by Lennox’s argument precisely because, possibly for the first time, he was being challenged on his own chosen scientific ground."

In the second debate, Dawkins is again seriously uprooted. He remarkably admits that "A serious case could be made for a deistic God," agreeing with the former atheist Anthony Flew, author of There Is a God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind. In addition, Phillips notes that in keeping with Dawkins's claim in the recent film, Expelled, "Even more jaw-droppingly, Dawkins told me that, rather than believing in God, he was more receptive to the theory that life on earth had indeed been created by a governing intelligence—but one which had resided on another planet. Leave aside the question of where that extra-terrestrial intelligence had itself come from, is it not remarkable that the arch-apostle of reason finds the concept of God more unlikely as an explanation of the universe than the existence and plenipotentiary power of extra-terrestrial little green men?"

2. C.S. Lewis and Government Power:

With the imminent elections in the U.S., a deepening recession, the recent $700 billion Wall Street bailout, and the confusion about the proper role of government in society, the following articles by C.S. Lewis are timely:

In addition, the following are noteworthy:

The following books by Lewis are also highly recommended:

And, the following is a sampling of notable books regarding public issues and government power:

3. Fall Stage Productions Based on C.S. Lewis Books:

4. Upcoming C.S. Lewis Society Events:

A. C.S. Lewis Society Bay Area Book and Film Club (See year-long schedule here)
Meets bi-weekly Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.
The upcoming meeting will be held at:

11990 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94619 (atop the Oakland hills)
RSVP: 510-482-2906 phone; info@lewissociety.org
Wine, beer, soft drinks and other refreshments served

B. "The God I Don't Understand" Open Forum with Christopher J.H. Wright
Sponsored by City Church of San Francisco
Co-sponsored by C.S. Lewis Society of California

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C. "What's So Great About Christianity," with Dinesh D'Souza
Sponsored by Grace Cathedral of San Francisco
Co-sponsored by C.S. Lewis Society of California

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5. Other Events:

A. "Redeeming the Time: Overcoming 'Screwtape' in our Everyday Lives," C.S. Lewis Southwest Regional Retreat
Sponsored by the C.S. Lewis Foundation

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B. "Lewis and the Cosmos," The Northern Michigan C.S. Lewis Festival
Sponsored by C. S. Lewis Festival, Inc.

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