1. BBC's The Narnia Code Premieres April 16th:
The new documentary, The Narnia Code, will premiere on April 16th on BBC1. This hour-long program is based on the acclaimed book, Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C. S. Lewis, by Michael Ward (Research Fellow, The Independent Institute). Co-sponored by the C.S. Lewis Society of California, 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. 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.
"Discovering the Narnia Code," by Michael Ward (OUPblog, April 9, 2009)
Here is a promotional video of The Narnia Code:
2. Recent Articles, Debate Videos and Other Videos:
B. Debate Videos:
C. Other Videos:
3. More on the Economic Crisis:
As the economic crisis continues to deepen, the U.S. and other governments are pursuing unprecedented spending and new powers. To follow up on the discussion of the Christian origins of economic science in the March issue of Logos, how can people understand and address what is happening, including overcoming the suffering that may well afflect billions of people worldwide? Of special relevance is the work of the leading economist and historian Robert Higgs (Senior Fellow, Independent Institute), author of the award-winning book, Depression, War, and Cold War (Oxford University Press). Dr. Higgs was interviewed this month for three hours on C-SPAN2’s prestigious program, In Depth, and the complete video interview can be watched here.
Recent articles by Dr. Higgs include the following:
Other noteworthy books pertaining to economic crises include the following:
4. 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:
April 15: Discussion: leader/moderator, Eric Rauscher
Descent into Hell: A Novel, by Charles Williams
Combining very powerful elements of fantasy and Christian symbolism, Descent into Hell is considered Williams's finest novel. The story takes place in Battle Hill, outside London, while the townspeople stage a new play by Peter Stanhope. The hill seems to reside at the crux of time, as characters from the past appear, and perhaps at a doorway to the beyond, as characters are alternately summoned heavenwards or descend into hell. Pauline Anstruther, the book's young heroine, lives in fear of meeting her own doppelganger, that has appeared to her throughout her life and of which she confides only in Stanhope. But Stanhope takes the burden of her fears upon himselfwhat Williams called "Substitution" or "Substituted Love"enabling Pauline, at long last, to face her true self. Williams drew this idea from the biblical verse by Paul to, "bear one another's burdens." In contrast, Lawrence Wentworth, a local historian, finding his desire for Adela Hunt to be unquenchable, falls in love instead with a fantasy form of Adela, which represents a kind of extreme self love on his part. As he isolates himself more and more with this insubstantial spirit, and dreams of descending a silver rope into a dark pit, Wentworth begins the descent into Hell, the abyss of non-being.
"It is satire, romance, thriller, morality, and glimpses of eternity all rolled into one."
New York Times
"One of the most gifted and influential Christian writers England has produced."
"Reading Charles Williams is an unforgettable experience."
April 29 and May 13: Discussion: leader/moderator, Thomas Prince
The World’s Last Night and Other Essays, by C. S. Lewis
In seven witty, lucid, and tough-minded essays, C.S. Lewis considers questions that challenge the faith of modern Christians. He discusses the efficacy of Prayer, the various usages of the phrase "I believe," the meaning of words like "culture" and "religion." and the interplay of "good work" and "good works." He examines the religious implications of life on other planets and the doctrine of the Second Coming. This book is also notable for a Screwtape dialogue in which that "very experienced devil" makes a brilliant speech on the opportuniuty for exploiting the evil in the world, concluding, "Nowhere do we tempt so sucessfully as on the very steps of the altar."
"[Lewis] addresses himself to the task of disputing disbelief with energy, humor, and intense conviction."
Los Angeles Times
"Reveals the expected wit, the Chestertonian ability to make Christian orthodoxy exciting and fit for the brave rebel, and an abundance of offbeat insights into the human scene."
New York Review of Books
"No other Christian writer in this country had such influence on the general reading public as C.S. Lewis."
Times Literary Supplement (London)
5. 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)
B. Science and Faith: The Vantage Point of One Neuroscientist
Sponsored by the Veritas Forum
C. 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.
Call for Papers (literary, theological, historical, musical, etc.): Abstracts of 150-500 words
Abstract submission Information
Perelandra: The Opera, by Donald Swann (music) and David Marsh (libretto)
Competition for Subject-related Artwork
Judge: Alan Lee, Academy Award-winning artist from The Lord of the Rings film trilogy
Artwork submission Information
D. "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.
Joseph Koterski, S.J., Professor of Philosophy, Fordham University; Editor-in-Chief, International Philosophical Quarterly
Christopher Mitchell, Wade Professor of Christian Thought and Director, Marion E. Wade Center, Wheaton College
Joseph Pearce, Writer in Residence and Professor of Literature, Ave Maria University; Author, C.S. Lewis and the Catholic Church, Wisdom and Innocents: A Life of G. K. Chesterton, Tolkien: Man and Myth, Literary Converts, Literary Giants, Literary Catholics, and Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc
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