The C. S. Lewis Society Newsletter (Summer 2013)

1. C.S. Lewis 50th Anniversary Celebration:

fdTo commemorate the 50th anniversary of C S Lewis's death, numerous organizations are holding special events and tours in the United States and Europe. Various events have already been held and here is a sampling of upcoming events.

A. C.S. Lewis Jubilee Festival:
Sponsored by Holy Trinity Church, Headington Quarry, Oxford, England

When: September 19-22, 2013

Conference Speakers and Topics:

  • Alister McGrath, Professor of Theology, Ministry, and Education at Kings College London and Head of the Centre for Theology, Religion and Culture
  • Susan Stead, Oxford-based playwright
  • Malcolm Guite, priest, teacher, and author; Chaplain to Girton College
  • John Pritchard, Bishop of Oxford


fdB. C.S. Lewis 50th Anniversary Events:
Sponsored by Marion E. Wade Center, Wheaton College

When: November 1, 2013, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL: C.S. Lewis and American Culture: A One-Day Seminar

Conference Speakers and Topics:

  • Mark A. Noll, "C.S. Lewis in America, 1932-1945"
  • George Marsden, "Mere Christianity and American Culture"
  • Alan Jacobs, "Response to Noll and Marsden"
  • Trevor Hart, "C.S. Lewis and America From the Other Side of the Pond"


fdWhen: September 27-29 1, 2013, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL: The Romantic Rationalist: God, Life & Imagination in the Work of C.S. Lewis

Conference Speakers:

  • Randy Alcorn, Founder and Director of Eternal Perspectives Ministries
  • Lyle Dorsett, Billy Graham Chair of Evangelism at Beeson Divinity School
  • Colin Duriez, Recipient of the Clyde S. Kilby Award for his research on The Inklings
  • R. W. Glenn, Pastor of Preaching and Vision at Redeemer Bible Church in Minnetonka, Minnesota
  • John Piper, Founder of Desiring God and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary
  • Joe Rigney, Assistant Professor of Theology and Christian Worldview and Institutional Writer at Bethlehem College & Seminary
  • Philip Ryken, President of Wheaton College
  • Shane Everett and Shane Barnard, Shane & Shane concert
  • Kevin Vanhoozer, Research Professor of Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • Doug Wilson, Pastor of Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho
  • N.D. Wilson, Fellow of Literature at New Saint Andrews College


fdC. C.S. Lewis in the Poets' Corner:
Sponsored by Westminster Abbey, London, England

The unveiling of the C.S. Lewis memorial in Poets' Corner will be the culmination of a two-day conference in Westminster Abbey. Lewis will join the ranks of Chaucer, Shakespeare, Dickens, Tennyson, and others. Proceedings will begin on the afternoon of Thursday 21st November. Alister McGrath will give a lecture on Lewis's apologetics, followed by Malcolm Guite who will speak about Lewis's fiction and poetry. After a service of Choral Evensong, there will be a panel discussion of Lewis's life and legacy, chaired by Michael Ward. On the panel will be Michael Ramsden, Jeanette Sears, Peter S. Williams, and Judith Wolfe. On Friday 22nd November, there will be a Service of Thanksgiving with Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, and now Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge. During this service, the memorial to C.S. Lewis in Poets' Corner will be unveiled by a guest of honor and blessed by the Dean, John Hall. Attendance at the conference is free, but you will need to register.

Also, if you have valued Lewis's writings and personal example and would like to contribute, please give generously. the events are being funded privately and they have so far raised about half of the the total cost of $31,300.

Interview with Michael Ward.

Audio interview with Michael Ward (On "All about Jack: C.S. Lewis Podcast," with William O'Flaherty)

When: November 21-22, 2013, Poets' Corner, Westminister Abbey, London, England

Conference Speakers:

  • Michael Ward, Author of Planet Narnia and The Narnia Code
  • William Lane Craig, Research Professor of Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University
  • Helen Cooper, Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English, University of Cambridge (the professorial Chair which Lewis held, 1955-1963)
  • John Hall, Dean, Poets' Hall, Westminster Abbey
  • Jason Lepojarvi, President of the Oxford University C.S. Lewis Society
  • Alister McGrath, Author of C.S. Lewis, A Life Michael Ramsden, Director of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics
  • Michael Ramsden, European Director, Zacharias Trust
  • Jeanette Sears, Tutor in Christian Doctrine and Church History, Trinity College
  • Peter S. Williams, Resident Scholar, Damaris International
  • Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, now Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge
  • Judith Wolfe, Co-editor of C.S. Lewis and the Church and General Editor of The Journal of Inklings Studies

Registration: To receive free tickets, please go here. The event is being funded privately and contributions are requested. To make a contribution, please go here.

D. C.S. Lewis: In Memoriam:
Sponsored by Fulton J. Sheen Center for Thought and Culture and the New York C.S. Lewis Society

When: November 23, 2013, Cathedral High School, 350 56th Street (1st Ave.), New York, NY

Conference Speakers:

  • William Griffin, editor, writer, and translator for fifty years. He's done major biographical work on C.S. Lewis, Billy Graham, Dorothy Sayers, and G.K. Chesterton.
  • Eliane Aymard-Tixier, former Senior Lecturer in English, Toulouse University
  • Michael Travers, Professor of English, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Michael F. Hull, Director, Fulton J. Sheen Center for Thought and Culture
  • James Como, Professor Emeritus of Ehetoric and Public Communications, York College

Registration: $35 person; Phone 646-794-3479, Email info@sheencenter.org

fdE. 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

fdF. Reclaiming the Virtues: Human Flourishing in the 21st Century: C.S. Lewis Summer Institute at Oxbridge
Sponsored by C. S. Lewis Foundation

When: July 21–31, 2014

Accomodations: University of Oxford and University of Cambridge

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

fd2. Steve Bell: Stellar Christian Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Storyteller:

Steve Bell and his beautiful and inspiring Christian music are nothing short of sensational! Born into a musical family, Steve Bell has been performing and touring since he was eight years old. As Steve's father was a prison Chaplain, it was federal prisoners in Drumheller Penitentiary who taught the young boy to play guitar at an early age. Bell recounts fondly, "I now perform world-over because Canada's most unwanted men invested in me when I was a boy."

In the early eighties Steve began to make his mark with the acclaimed folk trio Elias, Schritt and Bell. But it wasn't until he ventured out on his own that his career stats started to shimmer. Since his first solo release in 1989, Comfort My People, Bell has released 16 CDs, three concert videos and performed over 1500 concerts across Canada, the US, India, Thailand, the Philippines, Poland, Bulgaria, Ireland, and throughout the Caribbean.

More recently, Steve's work has won him 26 concerts with Symphony orchestras across Canada and into the US. In December 2011 a rapt, capacity crowd gathered to take in his concert with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at Massey Hall.

In 1997, Steve was awarded the first JUNO Award for the category of Best Gospel Album. He has since received a second JUNO in 2000 and in the ensuing years has been awarded multiple Prairie Music, Western Canada Music and Covenant Awards. With the 2012 release of his 17th career CD, Keening for the Dawn: Christmastide, Steve displays a rare longevity and commitment to his vocation. For this commitment, along with his advocacy work for the less fortunate, Steve has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

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5. fdRecent and Forthcoming Books:

A. William Lane Craig's "What Is God Like?" Children's Book Series, "The Attributes of God for Children": Here are the first ten books in this wonderful series written by Dr. Craig and illustrated by Marli Renee. We all know that small children can ask very profound questions, questions that sometimes leave us searching for answers! "What Is God Like?" is a series of ten illustrated booklets designed to help you teach Christian truth to your children and answer some of their deepest questions about God. These easy-to-understand booklets cover the principal attributes of God, such as omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence, eternity, self- existence, and so on.

  • God Is Spirit (Vol. 1) (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, October 21, 2012)
  • God Is Everywhere (Vol. 2) (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, October 21, 2012)
  • God Is Forever (Vol. 3) (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, December 7, 2012)
  • God Is Self-Sufficient (Vol. 4) (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, December 7, 2012)
  • God Is All-Knowing (Vol. 5) (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, March 1, 2013)
  • God Is All-Powerful(Vol. 6) (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, February 13, 2013)
  • God Is All-Good (Vol. 7) (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, April 12, 2013)
  • God Is All-Loving (Vol. 8) (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, May 18, 2013)
  • God Is Three Persons (Vol. 9) (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, December 8, 2012)
  • The Greatness of God (Vol. 10) (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, June 15, 2013)

fdB. Other Books:

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

fdAugust 28: The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature, by C.S. Lewis; leader/moderator, Paul Ashby, Ph.D.

C.S. Lewis's exquisite book The Discarded Image paints a lucid picture of the medieval world view, as historical and cultural Christian background to the ideas, values and literature of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. He describes the "image" discarded by later "modern" ages as "the medieval synthesis itself, the whole organization of their theology, science and history into a single, complex, harmonious mental model of the universe." This, Lewis's last book, has been hailed as 'the final memorial to the work of a great scholar and teacher and a wise and noble mind.' As a result, the book presents a vivid critique of our modern world's materialism, atheism, narcissism, scientism, determinism, collectivism, and dehumanization, themes found throughout the work of Lewis, Tolkien, Sayers, Williams, and members and associates of the Christian literary society at Oxford, The Inklings.

"Wise, illuminating, companionable, it may well come to be seen as Lewis' s best book."—The Observer

"... erudite and graceful, filled with anecdote and analogy, illuminating the images of the past."—Los Angeles Times

"... his wonderful gusto, the clarity of his style, the wit of his comments and analogies, the range of his learning and the liveliness of his mind are displayed to the full, warmed by a prevailing good humour."—Helen Gardner, The Listener

fdSeptember 11 and 25: The Everlasting Man, by G.K. Chesterton; leader/moderator, Andrew A. Dosa, Esq.

Here is the book that converted C. S. Lewis from atheism to Christianity. This history of mankind, Christ, and Christianity is to some extent a conscious rebuttal of H. G. Wells' Outline of History, which embraced both the evolutionary origins of humanity and the mortal humanity of Jesus. Whereas Orthodoxy detailed Chesterton's own spiritual journey, this book illustrates the spiritual journey of humanity, or at least of Western civilization. A book for both mind and spirit.

"Probably the best Chesterton has written. It is so rich in good sense, in wit, and in plain profound and cheerful truth that almost every page deserves a review to itself." —The Spectator

". . . in the mood of clarity which the author creates for us, the sense of wonder and awe at the universe, at God and man. Mr. Chesterton performs a miracle which comes well in this sophisticated age of scorn." —Boston Transcript


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