Newsletter of the C. S. Lewis Society of California
Winter 2017

In This Issue:

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

fdEleven 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. Sony Pictures and eOne are backing the production and recent news indicates that filming may begin in mid-2017, with a release of Christmas 2018 by Tri-Star Pictures. Producers for the film include Mark Gordon, Douglas Gresham (Lewis' stepson), Vincent Sieber and Melvin Adams.

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2. C.S. Lewis on Politics and Natural Law: Groundbreaking New Book

fdConventional wisdom holds that C.S. Lewis was uninterested in politics and public affairs. The conventional wisdom is wrong. Lewis was unquestionably and profoundly interested in the ideas and institutions that were the basis for free and virtuous individuals and communities, but he was not at all interested in partisanship or campaign politics. As Authors Justin Buckley Dyer and Micah J. Watson show in their groundbreaking book from Cambridge University Press, Lewis was deeply interested in the fundamental truths and falsehoods about human nature and how these conceptions manifest themselves in the contested and turbulent public square. Ranging from the depths of Lewis's philosophical treatments of epistemology and moral pedagogy to practical considerations of morals legislation and responsible citizenship, this book explores the contours of Lewis's multi-faceted Christian engagement with political philosophy generally and the natural-law tradition in particular. Drawing from the full range of Lewis's corpus and situating his thought in relationship to both ancient and modern seminal thinkers, C.S. Lewis on Politics and Natural Law is an unprecedented look at politics and political thought from the perspective of one of the twentieth century's most influential writers.

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3. C.S. Lewis Square Opens in Belfast

fdC.S. Lewis is honored in the new C.S. Lewis Square near his birthplace in east Belfast, Northern Ireland, with the opening held on the anniversary of Lewis's death (November 22, 1963). With a capacity of 2,000 people, the Square features seven sculptures of the characters from Lewis's beloved book, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, including Aslan, Maugrim, Mr. and Mrs. Beaver, the Robin, the White Witch, the Stone Table and Mr. Tumnus. Lewis's stepson Douglas Gresham spoke at the event noting that, "The sculptures are terrific and I am sure that this square will be a great boost to Belfast, his childhood home which he so dearly loved." At the front of the Square is “The Searcher Centenary Sculpture” by Northern Irish artist Ross Wilson, that was unveiled in 1998 to commemorate Lewis on the centennial of his birth.

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5. Recent Articles:

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6. Other Notable, Recent and New Books:

By C.S. Lewis:

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fdBy Timothy Keller:

By Alister McGrath:

fdBy Roger Scruton:

By Lee Strobel:

By N.T. Wright:

fdBy Others (Alphabetical by Name):

7. Upcoming Events:

fdA. C.S. Lewis Institute 2017 Tour of C.S. Lewis's Belfast & Oxford
Sponsored by the C.S. Lewis Institute

Friends and staff of the C.S. Lewis Institute will travel to Belfast and Oxford to celebrate the life and legacy of Christian apologist, disciple, and writer C.S. Lewis. While there, participants will explore the birthplace, land, culture, and faith of this gifted follower of Jesus Christ with guided tours of C.S. Lewis’s Belfast and Oxford and teachings on C.S. Lewis—his life and thought—by world-renowned Lewis experts Michael Ward, Sandy Smith, John Lennox, Michael Ramsden, and others.

June 24 - July 2, 2017
Tour Itinerary

Belfast, Northern Oreland
Oxford, England

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

B. Oxbridge Summer Institute 2017: Irrigating Deserts & Cultivating Gardens: Pursuing Calling with Purpose & Hope
Sponsored by the C.S. Lewis Foundation

fdThe 2017 C.S. Lewis "Oxbridge" Summer Institute, hosted in the historic university towns of Oxford and Cambridge, will provide a setting where the chalenge of thoughtful discource, the transfiguring power of the arts, and the wonder of worship will enliven our thinking, catalyze our imaginations, and deepen our faith—with the ultimate goal of inspiring us to embrace a life of learning invigorated by purpose nd hope.

Confirmed Speakers, Artists, Pastors and Leaders:
Ad Deum Dance Company
City of Oxford Orchestra
Rt. Revd. Dr. Steven Croft, Bishop Steve, Bishop of Oxford
John Dickson, Director of Choral Studies, Louisiana State University
Terry Glaspey, author, 75 Masterpieces Every Christian Should Know: Fascinating Stories Behind Great Art, Music, Literature, and Film and Not a Tame Lion: The Spiritual Legacy of C.S. Lewis
Rev. Dr. Malcolm Guite, Bye Fellow and Chaplain, Girton College, Cambridge University
Walter Hooper, Literary Advisor, Estate of C.S. Lewis
David Lyle Jeffrey, Distinguished Professor of Literature and Humanities, Honors College, Baylor University
Andrew Lazo, co-edited, Mere Christians: Inspiring Stories of Encounters with C.S. Lewis
Max McLean, Founder and Artistic Director, Fellowship for Performing Arts
Rev. John Morrison, former Archdeacon of Oxford
Joseph Pearce, Director of the Center for Faith and Culture, Aquinas College
Mark Pike, Professor of Education and Head of School of Education, University of Leeds, England
Mary Simpson Poplin, Professor of Educational Studies, Claremont Graduate University
Michael Quicke, C.W. Koller Professor Emeritus of Preaching, Northern Seminary,

July 24 - August 3, 2017

Oxford & Cambridge

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

fdC. C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert
Sponsored by the Fellowship for the Performing Arts

Max McLean brings to life one of the most engaging personalities of our age and takes audiences on Lewis’s fascinating theatrical journey from atheism to Christianity. Adapted exclusively from Lewis’s own writings, McLean inhabits 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 vibrant and influential Christian intellectual of the 20th Century. Experience a joyous evening of Lewis’s entertaining wit and fascinating insight. Cherish every minute of the extraordinary journey of C.S. Lewis as The Most Reluctant Convert.

Max McLean

February 8 - April 2, 2017
Tour Dates

The Acorn Theatre
420 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

Phone: 212-239-6200
Group Sales: Bekah Ang call 888-294-1733 or email

fdD. The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis
Sponsored by the Fellowship for the Performing Arts

A masterpiece of satire, C.S. Lewis’s classic novel, The Screwtape Letters, has entertained and enlightened readers worldwide with its sly and ironic portrayal of human foibles from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed tempter in Lucifer’s service.

Set in an eerily stylish office in Hell, Screwtape schemes meticulously with his novice-demon nephew, Wormwood, who has been put in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man on earth. Wildly comic, deadly serious and strikingly original, this stage adaptation brings its morally inverted universe to London in this deliciously devilish production.


Max McLean

Now - January 7, 2017
Performance Dates

Park Theatre
Finsbury Park
London N4 3JP, England

Phone: 020 7870 6876

fdE. C.S. Lewis Society Book and Film Club of the Bay Area
Sponsored by the C.S. Lewis Society of California

Meets bi-weekly to discuss a book or film. For 2017, books include ones by C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, Dorothy Sayers, N.T. Wright, Christopher Dawson, Malcolm Muggeridge, Rudolph Otto, and others.

Biweekly Wednesdays: January 4 to December 13, 2017

C.S. Lewis Society of California
100 Swan Way
Oakland, CA 94621-1428

Phone: 510-635-6892
Email to: info@lewissociety.org



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