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The C. S. Lewis Society Newsletter (Spring 2012)

1. Fothcoming Film:

The Lion Awakes: In a time of war and chaos, doubt gives way to faith, fear gives way to courage, and friendship changes everything. In England’s darkest hour, a voice rings out to tell her what she is fighting for. In 1941, Nazi planes attack London from the sky as the voice of atheism bombs the very foundations of meaning and imagination from the grounds of Oxford University.

In the path of spiritual ruin stands C. S. “Jack” Lewis, both Professor and former atheist who challenges the very views he once defended. Jack shows how each of his friends brought revelation and truth to his life. The most influential outside his own brother was J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. He describes how Tolkien opens his heart by entwining his love of myth with his adult quest for God. Thus, before Narnia and Middle Earth were created, the fire of chaos and the winds of peace forged a lifelong friendship. The BBC requests Jack address a desperate nation across radio lines because hope is all but lost in the line of battle. As Britain is surrounded and threatened by invasion, Jack turns to a single microphone and addresses millions—a full decade before creating his own Literary Lion in The Chronicles of Narnia.

The screenplay for the film is co-written by Louis Markos (Professor of English and Scholar in Residence/Robert H. Ray Chair in Humanities, Houston Baptist University) and Darren S. Jacobs (Associate Producer and Screenwriter, Renovare Films).

Expected release: 2013

 

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2. C.S. Lewis's Beloved "The Space Trilogy" Now Available as E-Books:

HarperOne, in collaboration with the estate of C. S. Lewis, has announced the first English language E-book release of his three classic "Space Trilogy," Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength.

Standing alongside such classics as George Orwell's 1984 and J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, "The Space Trilogy" follows the brilliant Dr. Elwin Ransom—a character modeled after none other than Tolkien himself—as he wages war against the powers of evil in universes familiar and unknown. Confronted by dark forces who threaten to destroy "The Silent Planet," Ransom must travel throughout the galaxy in order to save his home, once known simply as "Earth."

Including enchanting new worlds, an enthralling cast of characters, and an epic battle of good vs. evil, Lewis's "Space Trilogy" is available electronically in English for the first time, offering a new venue for Sci-Fi lovers and Narnia fans to explore this timeless adventure series.

  • Out of the Silent Planet, the first title in this extraordinary series, introduces readers to Dr. Elwin Ransom, a Cambridge academic abducted and taken by spaceship to the red planet of Malacandra, or Mars. While plotting to evade his captors—who plan to plunder the planet's treasures and offer Ransom as a sacrifice to the creatures who live there—he discovers what hails from the 'Silent Planet,' or Earth, whose tragic story is known throughout the universe.
  • Perelandra describes Dr. Ransom's voyage to the paradise planet of Perelandra, or Venus, which turns out to be a beautiful Eden-like world. Horrified to find his old enemy there as well, Ransom engages in a desperate struggle to save the innocence of Perelandra.
  • That Hideous Strength concludes the adventures of Dr. Ransom, who faces an epic war against a totalitarian world. It is up to Ransom and his friends to squelch this threat by applying age-old wisdom. The two groups struggle to a climactic resolution that brings the "Space Trilogy" to a magnificent, crashing close.

3. Videos and Audios:

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6. 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

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

fdApril 18: The Question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, and the Meaning of Live, by Armand Nicholi, Jr.; leader/moderator, Suzanne P. Cartmell, Esq.

    The book that formed the basis for the celebrated PBS-TV mini-series.

    Throughout the ages, many of the world's greatest thinkers have wrestled with the concept of—and belief in—God. It may seem unlikely that any new arguments or insights could be raised, but the twentieth century produced two brilliant men with two diametrically opposed views about the question of God: Sigmund Freud and C. S. Lewis. They never had an actual meeting, but in The Question of God, their arguments are placed side by side for the very first time. For more than twenty-five years, Armand Nicholi has taught a course at Harvard that compares the philosophical arguments of both men. In The Question of God, Dr. Nicholi presents the writings and letters of Lewis and Freud, allowing them to "speak" for themselves on the problem of pain and suffering, the nature of love and sex, and the ultimate meaning of life and death. As a result, Freud's views are shown to fail as Lewis shows why belief in God and Christianity is true and atheism is false.

    "A marvelous book that showcases the debate over such ultimate questions as God, love, and the meaning of life."—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    "Nicholi has hit the nail on the head with this irresistible, expertly told story. Here in the lives of two real and recognizable geniuses can be found our own longing and search. I couldn't put it down."—Ken Burns, PBS Producer of Civil War, Baseball, and Jazz

    "Although there's no record of Freud and Lewis actually meeting . . . Nicholi makes readers wish they had in this earnest and thought-provoking volume."—Boston Herald

fdMay 2 and 16: Saint Francis of Assisi, by G.K. Chesterton; leader/moderator, José Yulo, Ph.D.

    G. K. Chesterton's Saint Francis of Assisi is the popular biography of a beloved Christian saint and founder of the Franciscans, told by an equally beloved author and storyteller. It is an accessible, interesting and compelling story of a man known more by legend than fact. In this brilliant reflection on the poor friar of Assis (1181-1226), Chesterton unfolds the life and times of Francis, from his conversion as a young man to his receiving of the stigmata at the end of his life. While many modern biographers stumble in their effort to grasp the essence of Francis, Chesterton shows that Francis's entire life, his prayer, his poverty, his asceticism, his love of creation, and all his eccentricities flowed from his profound love for Christ and all men. In Chesterton's colorful prose, Francis shines with the splendor of sanctity and calls each of us to the same intense and animating love for God and His people. The enigma that is Francis of Assisi is one with which we should be intimately familiar. Upon first glance our age seems incredibly dissimilar to the time in which Francis lived; however, closer examination will reveal a similar zeitgeist. G. K. Chesterton takes us into the life of Francis not by giving us a list of facts, dates, and accomplishments, but rather by taking us into the mind and heart of the man. As with any person, mere facts cannot truly tell the story that only knowing the person can tell. With this book one feels as though he has come to know Francis, rather than just know about him.

7. Other Events:

A. The Ten Books That Most Influenced C.S. Lewis
Sponsored by the C.S. Lewis Society of Madison, Wisconsin, and the Bradshaw-Knight Foundation

Featuring:

  • The Everlasting Man, by G. K. Chesterton, presented by Dr. Donald T. Williams (Toccoa Falls College)
  • The Aeneid, by Virgil, presented by Dr. Louis Markos (Houston Baptist University)
  • The Temple, by George Herbert, presented by Dr. Don King (Montreat College)
  • The Prelude, by William Wordsworth, presented by Dr. Mary Ritter (New York University)
  • Phantastes, by George MacDonald, presented by Dr. David Neuhouser (Taylor University)
  • The Idea of the Holy, by Rudolf Otto, presented by Dr. Adam Barkman (Redeemer University College)
  • The Consolation of Philosophy, by Boethius, presented by Dr. Chris Armstrong (Bethel University)
  • The Life of Samuel Johnson, by James Boswel, presented by Dr. Paul Tankard (University of Otago, NZ)
  • Descent Into Hell, by Charles Williams, presented by Dr. Holly Ordway (Independent scholar: Hieropraxis.com)
  • Theism and Humanism, by Arthur James Balfour, presented by Dr. Charles Taliferro (St. Olaf College)

When:

  • Thursday-Saturday: October 18-20, 2012

Where:

Madison, Wisconsin

Reservations:

Email Sharon Redinger: cslmost10@gmail.com

B. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe on Stage
Sponsored by threesixty Theater, London, England

A dazzling and dramatic retelling of C.S. Lewis’ classic The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe opens in the historic grounds of Kensington Gardens this coming summer. In a unique collaboration this major new production is adapted by award-winning director Rupert Goold, staged by threesixty, who gained international acclaim for their first production, Peter Pan, and directed by Rupert Goold and Michael Fentiman. Staged in the state of the art threesixty Theatre tent this visually stunning live production will use threesixty’s ground-breaking surround video and enchanting puppetry to bring to life the magic of Narnia in one of the world’s best-loved stories.

  • Trailer of stage production.
  • Video of time-lapse construction of theater tent.

When: May 8 – September 9, 2012

Where:

  • Kensington Gardens, London, England

Tickets:

  • Tickets from £25
  • Box office: 0844 871 7693
  • Online

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