Logos: The C.S. Lewis Society Update (May 2008)

Editor, David J. Theroux

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1. Recent Events: Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia

A. The C.S. Lewis Society of California held a sold-out event on May 17th with 300 attending in conjunction with the release of the new film version of C.S. Lewis's beloved book, Prince Caspian. The film departs from the original story in numerous ways, but the audience was very enthusiastic.

Held at the Metreon in San Francisco, the event featured a lunch reception and presentation by Dr. Michael Ward, author of the acclaimed book, Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis (Oxford University Press, 2008). Dr. Ward’s book is revolutionizing interest in Lewis and the Narnia series by revealing a genuine and profound, but heretofore unknown, literary “hiddenness” secretly embedded in the books, providing proof of a stunning level of intricacy and sophistication by Lewis.

Sample articles that resulted included the following:

“Prince Caspian rides out against tyranny,” by Michael Ward (San Francisco Chronicle)

“The man who would be king,” by Rossiter Drake (San Francisco Examiner)

“Bible is role model for the characters in movies based on books by C.S. Lewis,” by Sandi Dolbee (San Diego Union-Tribune)

B. The internationally renowned poet, critic and author/anthologist Dana Gioia, Chairman of the National Endowment of the Arts, spoke at a recent event in San Francisco, “The Role of Art in Human Community,” sponsored by Socrates in San Francisco and co-sponsored by the C.S. Lewis Society of California. Winner of the American Book Award, Mr. Gioia is recognized for his role in reviving rhyme, meter, and narrative in contemporary poetry, and bringing high standards to poetry for a broader audience.

2. Recent Articles:

“The Great Escape,” by David Brooks (New York Times)

“Is This Man Caspian?”, by Devin Brown (Christianity Today)

Screwtape: Speak of the Devil,” by Eve Zibart (Washington Post)

“Screwtape Gives The Devil His Due,” by Celia Wren (Washington Post)

“C.S. Lewis and the Star of Bethlehem,” by Michael Ward (Books & Culture)

“Narnia and the Seven Heavens,” by Michael Ward (CSLewis.com)

“Secrets of Narnia Deciphered, Scholar Claims,” by Josiah Ryan (Crosswalk)

“Prince Caspian and the Planets,” by Michael Ward (CSLewis.com)

“Hollywood Hellfighter: Elusive billionaire Philip Anschutz used to bemoan the lack of family-friendly movies. Not anymore,” by Mark Moring (Christianity Today)

“After half century, C.S. Lewis tales still strike a chord,” by Christopher Quinn (Cox News Service)

Prince Caspian will rule at the box office,” by Josh Friedman (Los Angeles Times)

Prince Caspian brings magic back to Narnia with epic sequel,” by Claudia Puig (USA Today)

“New Narnia film reflects modern spiritual battle,” by Jennifer Riley (Christian Post)

3. New Books:

The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism, by Timothy Keller (Dutton, 2008)

Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church, by N. T. Wright (HarperOne, 2008)

Conversations with C.S. Lewis: Imaginative Discussions About Life, Christianity and God, by Robert Velarde (InterVarsity Press, 2008)

A Personal Heresy: A Controversy, by C.S. Lewis and E. M. W. Tillyard (Concordia University Press, 2008 reprint): Available this summer in its first reprint since its original publication in 1939, this book comprises the exchange of essays between Lewis and Tillyard in which the literary critics argue opposing positions on what can or should be gained from the reading of poetry. Lewis responds to Tillyard’s assertion in his 1930 publication Milton that “[a]ll poetry is about the poet’s state of mind.” Lewis argues that in poetry we see what the poet sees, not the poet himself. Lewis writes, “When we read poetry as poetry should be read, we have before us no representation which claims to be the poet, and frequently no representation of a man, a character, or a personality at all.”

Yours, Jack: Spiritual Direction from C.S. Lewis, by C. S. Lewis, edited by Paul Ford (HarperOne, 2008)

A Family Guide to Prince Caspian, by Christin Ditchfield (Crossway Books, 2008)

Hunting the Unicorn: A Critical Biography of Ruth Pitter, by Don W. King (Kent State University Press, 2008)

Inside Prince Caspian: A Guide to Exploring the Return to Narnia, by Devin Brown (Baker Books, 2008)

Is Your Lord Large Enough: How C.S. Lewis Expands Our View of God, by Peter J. Schakel (InterVarsity Press, 2008)

A Reader's Guide to Caspian: A Journey into C.S. Lewis's Narnia, by Leland Ryken and Marjorie Lamp Mead (InterVarsity Press, 2008)

The Soul of Prince Caspian: Exploring Spiritual Truth in the Land of Narnia, by Gene Veith (David C. Cook, 2008)

4. Other Events:


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