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The C. S. Lewis Society Newsletter (Spring 2013)
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1. The Bible: The New, Epic, 10-part Television Miniseries on the History Channel:

From Executive Producers Roma Downey (Touched by An Angel) and her husband Mark Burnett (The Voice, Survivor, The Apprentice) comes The Bible, an epic 10-part miniseries retelling stories from the Scriptures for a whole new generation. Breathtaking in scope and scale, The Bible features powerful performances, exotic locales and dazzling visual effects that breathe spectacular life into the dramatic tales of faith and courage from Genesis through Revelation. Premiering March 3rd on the History Channel and airing weekly through Easter Sunday, this historic television event is sure to entertain and inspire the whole family.

The series is based on the New International Version and the New Revised Standard Version of The Bible, and here is the series' Board of Advisors. The series will be narrated by Emmy award-winning actor/vocalist Keith David (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Platoon, Crash) and will feature a musical score by the world renowned Grammy and Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer. Leading the outstanding international cast is Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actress and series’ co-executive producer Roma Downey, who plays Mary. Joining her are Portuguese TV star Diogo Morgado as Jesus, as well as an array of acclaimed UK-based actors including Sean Teale (Skins), David Rintoul (The Iron Lady, My Week with Marilyn), Amber Rose Revah (The Borgias), Peter Guinness (an accomplished long time film/theatre actor), Greg Hicks (one of the UK’s best-known Shakespearean actors), and Simon Kunz (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Parent Trap, Matchpoint).

“A must see!”—Movieguide

“Living history at its best!”—Rick Warren, Author, The Purpose Driven Life

“This series is going to evoke a significant and important discussion and I feel deeply indebted to Mark and Roma for their courage and their commitment to authenticity and essential truth.” —Andrew K. Benton, President, Pepperdine University

“Truly reflects the masterpiece that is the Holy Bible.”—Joel Osteen, Senior Pastor, Lakewood Church

“…Great passion, exquisite skill and cinemagraphic triumph.”—Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington

“A unique opportunity to convey God’s redemptive message.”—Jim Daly, President, Focus on the Family

"Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's mini-series The Bible is an unqualified success. It rises above its forebears, shining with cinematic artistry, dramatic creativity, and essential biblical fidelity."—Frank Wright, President, National Religious Broadcasters

Part 1: In the Beginning/Exodus: Noah endures God's wrath; Abraham reaches the Promised Land but still must prove his faith in God; Moses leads the Israelites out of Egypt, and his faith in God is rewarded when the Red Sea parts to allow the Israelites to escape Pharaoh's chariots; Moses delivers his final message from God--the Ten Commandments.

March 3, 2013 (8:00-10:00 pm ET)
March 4, 2013 (12:02-2:02 am ET)
March 6, 2013 (9:00-11:02 pm ET)
March 7, 2013 (1:01-3:03 am ET)
March 10, 2013 (6:00-8:02 pm ET)

fd2. "The Screwtape Letters on Stage" Returns to Northern California and Cities Nationwide:
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 Community Center Theater in Sacramento, (May 4) and 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.”

    "Introduction: I have no intention of explaining how the correspondence, which I now offer to the public, fell into my hands. There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight. Readers are advised to remember that the devil is a liar. Not everything that Screwtape says should be assumed to be true, even from his own angle. There is wishful thinking in hell as well as on earth." ?C.S. Lewis, July 5, 1941, The Screwtape Letters

When and Where:

Sacramento, CA:
Saturday, May 4, 2013, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. PT
Community Center Theater, Sacramento Convention Center Complex
1400 J Street, Sacramento, CA

Walnut Creek, CA:
Friday, June 21, 2013, 8 p.m. PT
Saturday, June 22, 2013, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. PT
Sunday, June 23, 2013, 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)

Other Cities Nationwide

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6. Upcoming C. S. Lewis Society Events:

C. S. Lewis Society Bay Area Book and Film Club (See year-long schedule here)
Meets bi-weekly Wednesdays

11990 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94619
RSVP: 510-635-6892, 510-482-2906 phone; info@lewissociety.org
Refreshments served

fdMarch 13 and 27: The Pilgrim's Regress: An Allegorical Apology for Christianity, Reason and Romanticism, by C.S. Lewis; leader/moderator, Kathryn S. Wilson

The first book written by C.S. Lewis after his conversion, The Pilgrim’s Regress is, in a sense, a record of Lewis's own search for meaning and spiritual satisfaction that eventually led him to Christianity. It is the story of John and his odyssey to an enchanting island which has created in him an intense longing—a mysterious, sweet desire. John's pursuit of this desire takes him through adventures with such people as Mr. Enlightenment, Media Halfways, Mr. Mammon, Mother Kirk, Mr. Sensible, and Mr. Humanist and through such cities as Thrill and Eschropolis, as well as the Valley of Humiliation. Though the dragons and giants here are different from those in Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, Lewis's allegory performs the same function of enabling the author to say with fantasy and simplicity what would otherwise have demanded a full-length philosophy of religion. In Lewis's hands, this fable becomes as effective a Christian defense as Bunyan's.

"The allegorical characters are not just abstractions. They are, in every instance, people objectively real and subjectively true to the inner meaning. The language throughout is plain, straightforward and leanly significant. To many it will seem like a fresh wind blowing across arid waters." —New York Times Book Review

". . . an excellent book. In its sharp imagery, its clever inferences, its suspense, its characterization, and its occasional grotesque humor, it stands favorable comparison with its great model by John Bunyan." —Chicago Tribune

fdApril 10 and 24: Exposing the Myths of Christianity: A Guide to Answering 145 Viral Lies and Legends, by Jeffrey Burton Russell; leader/moderator, Andrew Dósa, Esq.

Renowned historian, Jeffrey Burton Russell, famous for his studies of medieval history, turns to the serious questions that confront Christianity in contemporary culture. Russell examines a wide array of common mispercerptions, characterizations, stereotypes, caricatures and outright myths about Christianity that circulate heavily within todays society, and are even believed by many Christians. In a succinct and engaging manner, Russell discusses these errors and provides thoughtful, even-handed, carefully researched and sharp-witted responses. The author sets the record straight against the New Atheists and other cultural critics who charge Christianity with being outdated, destructive, superstitious, unenlightened, racist, colonialist, based on fabrication, and other significant false accusations.

"The allegorical characters are not just abstractions. They are, in every instance, people objectively real and subjectively true to the inner meaning. The language throughout is plain, straightforward and leanly significant. To many it will seem like a fresh wind blowing across arid waters." —New York Times Book Review

". . . an excellent book. In its sharp imagery, its clever inferences, its suspense, its characterization, and its occasional grotesque humor, it stands favorable comparison with its great model by John Bunyan." —Chicago Tribune

7. Other Events:

fdA. An Inklings Weekend in Montreat and an Inklings Week in Oxford
Sponsored by the Inklings Fellowship

In the fiftieth anniversary year of the death of C. S. Lewis and the fortieth anniversary year of the death of J. R. R. Tolkien, come to Montreat, N.C., and Oxford, England to celebrate their contribution to faith and culture. Major Tolkien and Lewis scholars will join those who knew these men as we explore the great themes that Lewis and Tolkien explored which have continuing significance for a world in ruins.

Speakers:

  • Gerald Bray, Research Professor of Divinity, Beeson Divinity School; Distinguished Professor of Historical Theology at Knox Theological Seminar
  • Colin Duriez, Tolkien and Inklings scholar
  • Nigel Goodwin, Founder, Genesis Arts Trust, London
  • Walter Hooper, Literary Advisor to the C. S. Lewis Estate
  • Don King, Professor of English and former Dean of Montreat College
  • Gisela Kreglinger, Beeson Divinity School
  • Alister McGrath, Professor of Theology, Ministry, and Education at King's College, London
  • Ben Mitchell, Professor of Moral Theology, Union University
  • Fong Choon Sam, Dean, Baptist Theological Seminary of Singapore
  • Michael Ward, Chaplain, St. Peter's College, Oxford

When and Where:

An Inklings Weekend
April 5-7, 2013
Montreat College
Montreat, N.C.

An Inklings Week in Oxford
July 14-19, 2013
St. Aldates Church
Oxford, England

Contact:

Dr. Hal Poe
Charles Colson Professor of Faith and Culture
Union University
1050 Union University Drive
Jackson, TN 38305
Phone: 731-661-5404
Email to: hpoe@uu.edu
Register Online

fdB. Living the Legacy: The Vision, Voice, & Vocation of C.S. Lewis: C. S. Lewis Summer Conference
Sponsored by C. S. Lewis Foundation

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of author C.S. Lewis's death, this conference will be the first of several events to be hosted in 2013 and 2014 by the C.S. Lewis Foundation in San Diego (CA), Houston (TX), Oxford (UK), and Cambridge (UK). Taking place at the University of San Diego, the conference will feature a wide range of noted C.S. Lewis scholars and performing artists.

When:

June 21-23, 2013

Where:

University of San Diego, San Diego, Calif.

Contact:

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

fdC. The Forge of Friendship: Tolkien, Lewis, & the Creative Impulse: C.S. Lewis Fall Conference
Sponsored by C. S. Lewis Foundation

Choosing life is not simply a matter of making a single decision to follow God’s commands. To the contrary, it is a thousand daily choices—the oft tiny, repetitive choices of day to day belief and obedience. These choices sculpt and reflect the inclination of our souls and ultimately determine the presence of Heaven or Hell in our lifetimes on earth. But how can Heaven serve as a practical reality, giving shape to the choices we make each and every day?

Come away to the piney woods of Camp Allen, to good food and sunlit forest paths, to quiet moments of prayer and contemplation, and to laughter, learning, and community. Come hear numerous experts and writers as they open C.S. Lewis’s works to us and help us see through the lens of his unique experience. Come to enjoy fellowship, to open your heart and mind, and to grow together as we learn to choose the ways of Heaven in our everyday lives. Allen Retreat and Conference Center is located in the beautiful “piney woods” of Navasota, Texas. It is about one hour from the Galleria area, about one and a half hours from downtown Houston, and about thirty minutes from Bryan/College Station.

When:

November 8 – 10, 2013

Accomodations:

Hilton Houston Post Oak, Houston, TX

Contact:

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

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