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The C. S. Lewis Society Update (March 2009)

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1. C. S. Lewis Society Co-Sponsors BBC's The Narnia Code:

The C. S. Lewis Society of California is co-sponsor of the forthcoming BBC2 documentary, The Narnia Code, based on the book, Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C. S. Lewis, by Michael Ward. To be aired at Easter 2009, The Narnia Code is produced and directed by Norman Stone, producer of the International Emmy Award and BAFTA Award-winning BBC film, C. S. Lewis Through the Shadowlands, starring Joss Ackland and Claire Bloom, as well as the film starring Anton Rodgers, C.S. Lewis: Beyond Narnia, that premiered on the Hallmark Channel in 2005. At the C.S. Lewis Society's May 17th sold-out, screening and luncheon last year of the film Prince Caspian, Dr. Ward was the featured speaker.

The Narnia Code will present the hidden themes that C.S. Lewis placed in The Chronicles of Narnia, based on the Christian spiritual symbolism of the seven heavens in medieval mythology. The book Planet Narnia first revealed this heretofore hidden layer in Lewis's work, an enormous depth and sophistication by Lewis in creating the Narniad which has attracted an entire new appreciation for his accomplishment in creating these enormously popular classic stories that resonate for people worldwide.

2. Recent Articles, Debates and Books:

A. Articles:

"How I Learned Not to Fear the Anti-God Squad," by Maurice O'Sullivan (Wall Street Journal, February 19, 2009)

"The Coming Evangelical Collapse: An anti-Christian chapter in Western history is about to begin. But out of the ruins, a new vitality and integrity will rise," by Michael Spencer (Christian Science Monitor, March 10, 2009)

"Biotech: What to Expect," by Yuval Levin (First Things, March 2009)

"Remember the Antithesis! Cornelius Van Til Never Forgot It," by Richard J. Mouw (Books and Culture, March 6, 2009)

B. Debates:

William Lane Craig vs. John Shook Debate: "Does God Exist?" (U. of British Columbia, July 30, 2008)

William Lane Craig vs. Bill Cooke Debate: "Is God a Delusion?" (Auckland University, June 23, 2008)

Alvin Plantinga vs. Daniel Dennett Debate: "Religion and Science: Where the Conflict Really Lies” (American Philosophical Association, February 27, 2009)

William Lane Craig vs. Michael Payton Debate: "Does God Exist?" ("Michael Coren Show," CTS, February 5, 2009)

Dinesh D'Souza vs. Christopher Hitchens Debate: "What's So Great About God?" (University of Colorado, January 26, 2009)

C. Books:

C.S. Lewis: Views from Wake Forest: Essays on C.S. Lewis with Walter Hooper, James Como, and Many Others, edited by Michael Travers

C. S. Lewis as Philosopher: Truth, Goodness and Beauty, edited by David J. Baggett, Gary R. Habermas and Jerry L. Walls Consciousness and the Existence of God: A Theist Argument, by J. P. Moreland The Devil's Delusion: Atheism and Its Scientific Pretensions, by David Berlinski Jesus-Shock, by Peter Kreeft The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith, by Timothy Keller Questions of Truth: Fifty-one Responses to Questions About God, Science, and Belief, by John Polkinghorne and Nicholas L. Beale

The Rhetoric of Certitude: C. S. Lewis's Nonfiction Prose, by Gary L. Tandy

Why I Believe in Narnia: 33 Reviews and Essays on the Life and Works of C. S. Lewis, by James Como

3. ABC TV's Lost and Narnia:

ABC's hit TV series, Lost, continues to receive attention regarding the influence of C.S. Lewis's books on the plot, themes and characters. Last year, character Charlotte Staples Lewis ("C.S. Lewis") joined the series with her arrival clearly taken from Prince Caspian. And as reported in numerous recent articles, the plot has included many parallels to Lewis's book, The Great Divorce, in which numerous people who visit the outskirts of heaven remain "lost" as they cling stubbornly and vainly to selfish ways only to prefer hell in the process. Most recently, in addition to Narnia-like magical lands, time travel and mysterious events, Lost has featured more overt symbols from Narnia, including "The Lamp Post" positioned at the island's entrance, just as it is found at the edge of Narnia in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. Further parallels pertain to The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

"The Lost Dawn Treader?", by Todd Hertz (Christianity Today, March 2, 2009)

"'Lost': 'Caspian,' See?", by Jeff Jensen (Entertainment Weekly, February 18, 2009)

"'Lost' Recap: Married To It," by Jeff Jensen (Entertainment Weekly, February 11, 2009)

"Lost: The ties that bind," by Molly Lemick (San Francisco Examiner, February 12, 2009)

4. The Growing Economic Crisis:

As the economic crisis continues to spread and deepen with defaults, rising unemployment, bankruptcies, and lifetime savings being wiped out as the stock market plunges, how can people understand and address what is happening, including overcoming the pain and suffering that may well afflect billions of people worldwide? As Joseph Schumpeter, Rodney Stark, Murray Rothbard and other scholars have shown, it was the "Late Scholastics" of the Middle Ages, deeply devout Christian clerics 400 hundred years ago, who first discovered economic science as part of the natural law, and did so hundreds of years before Adam Smith. Centered at the School of Salamanca in Spain, these clerics unpacked free market economics as rooted in Christian teachings, leading to what became the Austrian School of Economics in Vienna. As a result, understanding these economic insights is crucial to making sense of the current malaise and abandoning the fallacies that have created the situation. Of special relevance is the work of the economist and historian Robert Higgs, author of the award-winning book, Depression, War, and Cold War (Oxford University Press).

"Recession and Recovery: Six Fundamental Errors of the Current Orthodoxy," by Robert Higgs

Interview of Robert Higgs ("Dennis Prager Show")

"Terrible Credit Crunch of 2008—The Greatest Hoax of All Time?" by Robert Higgs

"Every Crisis Becomes a Carnival of Opportunism," by Robert Higgs

"The Great Escape from the Great Depression," by Robert Higgs

"War, Taxes and Economic Crises," video presentation with Robert Higgs (YouTube)

"Regime Uncertainty: Why the Great Depression Lasted So Long and Why Prosperity Resumed after the War," by Robert Higgs

5. 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:

B. "What's So Great About Christianity," with Dinesh D'Souza:

Today, more than ever, Christianity is under attack. Can an intelligent, educated person really be a Christian? Has Christianity really been disproven by science, debunked as a force for good, and discredited as a guide to morality? Do the atheists have it right? Bestselling author Dinesh D'Souza takes on the leading critics of Christianity and shows why Christianity explains the universe, why science came from Christianity, why the alleged sins of Christianity (e.g., Crusades, Inquisition, Galileo affair) are vastly overblown, why Christianity is the ultimate defense of man’s free will, why Western civilization cannot exist without the Christianity that gave it birth, why Christianity is the fastest-growing religion in the world while secularism and atheism are on the decline, and much more.

Praise for What's So Great About Christianity:

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6. Other Events:

A. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe London Stage Performance:

Antic Disposition's dramatization of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe will be presented.

"St. Stephen's To Reopen As Arts Center, 'Second Chances' Themed 2009 Season Planned" (Broadway World, January 14, 2009)

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B. "Inklings: Dinosaurs or Contemporaries?"
Sponsored by the C.S. Lewis and Inklings Society

The twelfth annual meeting of the C.S. Lewis and Inklings Society will explore ways in which C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Owen Barfield and Charles Williams are particularly relevant to the literary, theological, philosophical and socio-political issues of 21st century times. In addition, the work of Dorothy Sayers and G.K. Chesterton will be included as strong-minded proto-Inklings.

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C. Science and Faith: The Vantage Point of One Neuroscientist
Sponsored by the Veritas Forum

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D. International Colloquium on Perelandra with Second Premiere of Perelandra: The Opera
Sponsored by the Oxford C.S. Lewis Society

This opera by Donald Swann and David Marsh was originally written between 1960 and 1964, with enthusiastic support from C.S. Lewis. In a 1962 letter to Marsh, Lewis wrote, "I think [the libretto] just stunningly good. It brought tears to my eyes in places. Done right, it will be terrific. I very heartily congratulate you." The opera was also very dear to Swann's heart, and contains some of his most lyrical music.

When first premiered, the opera received enthusiastic reviews in Oxford, Cambridge, London and later New York. However, the sale of the film rights shortly after Lewis's death placed a long-term embargo on its performance. The opera is now receiving a long-awaited second premiere. It is to be performed in its original, three-act version as a "theatrical oratorio" and recorded by Oxford Records.

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E. "All Things Considered"
Sponsored by the New York C.S. Lewis Society

Commemorating its 40th Anniversary, the New York C.S. Lewis Society will host a weekend symposium.

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F. "Beyond the Wardrobe: Into the World of C.S. Lewis on a Tour of Ireland and England"
Sponsored by Will Vaus Ministries

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