Newsletter of the C. S. Lewis Society of California
Winter 2016

In This Issue:

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

fdTen years after the 2005 release of the highly successful, Walden Media film production of C.S. Lewis's book, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, plans for a film version of Lewis's The Silver Chair continue to progress. Screenwriter David Magee (Life of Pi and Finding Neverland) has announced that he has completed a final script for the film after spending more than a year on the project for the Mark Gordon Company and C.S. Lewis Company.

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2. C.S. Lewis on Stage: The Most Reluctant Convert

fdFor the first time and from the producers of the rave stage productions of C.S. Lewis's The Screwtape Letters and The Great Divorce, Max McLean is now taking audiences on a fascinating theatrical adventure as C.S. Lewis, tracing his journey from atheism to belief in C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert. Produced by the Fellowship for the Performing Arts and adapted from Lewis's writings, McLean portrays Lewis from the death of his mother, his estranged relationship with his father and the experiences that led him from vigorous debunker to the most accessible and eloquent Christian intellectual of the 20th Century. C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert is 80 fast-paced minutes brimming with Lewis's entertaining wit and thought-provoking insight. One of the most engaging personalities of our age comes to life on stage in C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert.

December 13, 14, 20, and 21 and February 18-20
Running time: Eighty minutes with no intermission

Pearl Theatre Company
555 W. 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
Phone: 212-563-9251


3. The Fellowship: The Best Book Ever on C.S. Lewis and the Inklings

fdC.S. Lewis is the 20th century's most widely read Christian writer and J.R.R. Tolkien its most beloved mythmaker. For three decades, they and their closest associates formed a literary club known as the Inklings, which met every week in Lewis's Oxford rooms and in nearby pubs. They discussed literature, religion, and ideas; read aloud from works in progress; took philosophical rambles in woods and fields; gave one another companionship and criticism; and, in the process, rewrote the cultural history of modern times. In The Fellowship, Philip and Carol Zaleski offer the first complete rendering of the Inklings' lives and works. The result is an extraordinary account of the ideas, affections and vexations that drove the group's most significant members. C.S. Lewis accepts Jesus Christ while riding in the sidecar of his brother's motorcycle, maps the medieval and Renaissance mind, becomes a world-famous evangelist and moral satirist, and creates new forms of religiously attuned fiction while wrestling with personal crises. J.R.R. Tolkien transmutes an invented mythology into gripping story in The Lord of the Rings, while conducting groundbreaking Old English scholarship and elucidating, for family and friends, the Catholic teachings at the heart of his vision. Owen Barfield, a philosopher for whom language is the key to all mysteries, becomes Lewis's favorite sparring partner, and, for a time, Saul Bellow's chosen guru. And Charles Williams, poet, author of "supernatural shockers," and strange acolyte of romantic love, turns his everyday life into a mystical pageant. Romantics who scorned rebellion, fantasists who prized reality, wartime writers who believed in hope, Christians with cosmic reach, the Inklings sought to revitalize literature and faith in the twentieth century's darkest years—and did so in dazzling style.

“The Zaleskis have produced a major work of biography and criticism, and if you are a devotee of any of the Inklings, you will want to read it.”—The Washington Post

“The husband-and-wife team of Philip and Carol Zaleski bring to bear both extensive scholarship and a neatly interwoven narrative; this is a story about storytellers, and it shows . . . In The Fellowship, the authors never cease to feel for the Inklings, particularly sympathizing with their yearnings for spiritual and professional fulfillment, with occasional wry asides on the nature of their marriages and their politics to take note of shortcomings both personal and institutional. Taken together, it makes the overarching life of the group something greater than the sum of its parts.”—The New York Times Book Review

“The Zaleskis deftly interweave the four stories [of Lewis, Tolkien, Barfield, and Williams], showing how, when read together, these very different men can help us more clearly see the state of literary and religious culture in mid-century England and beyond.”
Christian Science Monitor

The Fellowship makes a convincing case that [the Inklings's] cultural legacy deserves comparison with that of the less Christian, more intellectually austere Bloomsbury group.”—Time Magazine

“A gutsy, glorious adoration of the English fantasy and faerie traditions, which celebrates what sometimes seems like a fantastical time when religion didn't destroy art but created it.”—Harper's Magazine

The Fellowship . . . is a mental map, a religious journey, and the biography of a brotherhood. Plenty of distinguished Inklings came and went over the years . . . but the Zaleskis zoom in on (and out from) the primary axis of Tolkien, Lewis, Williams, and Barfield . . . . Christians all, these men formed what the Zaleskis call 'a perfect compass rose of faith': Barfield the proto-New Ager, Tolkien the rather prim orthodox Catholic, Lewis the noisy and dogmatically ordinary layman and popular theologian, Williams the ritualistic Anglican with a taste for sorcery . . . . Who can compare with these writers? . . . . The Inklings . . . are still gathering steam.”—The Atlantic

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7. Upcoming Events:

fdA. C.S. Lewis Institute 2016 Summer Conference: The Spiritual Formation of C.S. Lewis
Sponsored by the C.S. Lewis Institute

Those who enjoy the works of Lewis and love the Lord will have the chance to explore some of the ways Lewis grew in his faith as we re-discover the means of grace that will deepen our own relationship with Jesus. With limited registration of 125 people, there will be opportunities to interact with world-class Lewis scholars in small group settings throughout the conference. A variety of C.S. Lewis themed workshops will be offered including some dealing with discipleship, apologetics, and Lewis' writings and life.

Lyle W. Dorsett, Billy Graham Professor of Evangelism, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University; Author, Seeking the Secret Place: The Spiritual Formation of C.S. Lewis
Karl Johnson, Executive Director, Chesterton House
Wayne Martindale
, Professor of English, Wheaton College
Marjorie Lamp Mead
, Associate Director, Marion E. Wade Center, Wheaton College
Randy Newman
, author, Questioning Evangelism
Jerry Root
, Professor of Christian Formation and Ministry, Wheaton College
Thomas Tarrants
, Director of Ministry, C. S. Lewis Institute
Joel Woodruff
, President, C. S. Lewis Institute

June 26 - 30, 2016

Marion Wade Center
Wheaton College
Wheaton, IL

Details and Costs
C.S. Lewis Institute
8001 Braddock Road, Suite 301
Springfield, VA 22151
Registration Form
Phone: (703) 914-5602
Email to staff@cslewisinstitute.org

fdB. C.S. Lewis Summer Seminar: Faith, Freedom, and the Public Square
Sponsored by the C.S. Lewis Foundation

July 7-10, 2016

University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA

C.S. Lewis Foundation
P. O. Box 8008
Redlands, CA 92375
Phone: 888-CSLEWIS, (909) 389-1155
Email to Steven Elmore

fdC. An Inklings Week in Montreat: "The Devil and C.S. Lewis"
Sponsored by the Inklings Fellowship

When Charles Williams moved up to Oxford with the Oxford University Press at the beginning of World War II, he delivered a lecture on Milton's Paradise Lost which enthralled C. S. Lewis so much that he decided to pursue the subject. The result of his study was a series of lecture on Paradise Lost that were later published as A Preface to Paradise Lost. But the story does not end there. In the overflow, Lewis wrote three important books that dealt with the experience of temptation: The Screwtape Letters, Perelandra, and The Great Divorce. We turn to this theme on the occasion of the publication of William O'Flaherty's new book C.S. Lewis Goes to Hell: A Companion and Study Guide to The Screwtape Letters.

William O'Flaherty, Editor, "The Essential C.S. Lewis" website; Author, C.S. Lewis Goes to Hell: A Companion and Study Guide to The Screwtape Letters
Dennis Beets, Co-Founder, Memphis C.S. Lewis Society
Don King
, Professor of English, Montreat College; Editor, Christian Scholar's Review; Author, C.S. Lewis, Poet: The Legacy of His Poetic Impulse
Harry L. Poe
, Charles Colson Professor of Faith and Culture, Montreat College; Author, C.S. Lewis Remembered and The Inklings of Oxford

April 1-3, 2016

Montreat College
Montreat, NC

Dr. Harry L. Poe, Charles Colson Professor of Faith and Culture
Inklings Fellowship
Union University
1050 Union University Drive
Jackson, TN 38305
Registration Form
Phone: 731-661-5404
Email to Harry Poe

D. An Inklings Week in Oxford: "The Discarded Image: Living as Christians through the Global Collapse of Culture"
Sponsored by the Inklings Fellowship

fdIn his inaugural address as Professor of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge in 1954, C. S. Lewis said that sometime between the period of Jane Austen and the 1950s, the world had changed in a way that it had never changed before. The Inklings were born into a world in which the sun never set on the vast British Empire, but they died in a vastly different world. Since the time the Inklings were born, the world has experienced a global collapse of cultures unlike anything that has ever occurred before. In 1900, most of the world was ruled by a few royal families, but by 1920 the only form of government known to most people for five thousand years of civilization had suddenly disappeared without anything to replace it. Join us during the centennial of the Great War in which the Inklings fought as we consider the implications of the cultural chaos of the twentieth century and how Christians are called to lead in the creation of the future.

July 17-22, 2016

St. Aldates Church
Oxford, England

Dr. Harry L. Poe, Charles Colson Professor of Faith and Culture
Inklings Fellowship
Union University
1050 Union University Drive
Jackson, TN 38305
Registration Form
Phone: 731-661-5404
Email to Harry Poe


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