1. C.S. Lewis 50th Anniversary Celebration:
To 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
B. 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"
When: September 27-29 1, 2013, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL: The Romantic Rationalist: God, Life & Imagination in the Work of C.S. Lewis
- 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
C. 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
- 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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
E. 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
F. 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
2. 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.
4. Recent Articles:
- Bono: "Capitalism takes more people out of poverty than aid", by David J. Theroux (The Beacon, August 12, 2013)
- C. S. Lewis, Evangelical Rock Star, by T. M. Luhrmann (New York Times, June 25, 2013)
- C. S. Lewis, 50 Years On, by Greg Garrett (Huffington Post, April 15, 2013)
- C.S. Lewis Foundation tries again to establish Northfield presence, by David Rainville (The Recorder, June 21, 2013)
- C.S. Lewis had three pints at lunchtime? How shocking!, by Allan Massie (The Telegraph of London, June 24, 2013)
- 'C. S. Lewis: A Life,' by Alister McGrath, by Michael Dirda (Washington Post, March 14, 2013)
- C.S. Lewis: A Life. On the 50th anniversary of his death, this new C.S. Lewis biography succeeds in deepening the appeal of his works, by Danny Heitman (Christian Science Monitor, March 11, 2013)
- C.S. Lewis on Superman and Being "Christy-ey", by Jonathan Ryan (Patheos, June 21, 2013)
- C. S. Lewis, Public Intellectual, by Stephen McCaskell (Patheos, March 12, 2013)
- Celebrate C.S. Lewis' 50th Anniversary at 'Living the Legacy: The Vision, Voice, & Vocation of C.S. Lewis', by Justin Sarachik (Christian Post, June 18, 2013)
- The definitive study of 'most reluctant convert' C.S. Lewis, by Alf McCreary (Belfast Telegraph, July 1, 2013)
- Dissent of Man: A review of Mind and Cosmos:Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False, by Thomas Nagel and Darwin's Ghosts: The Secret History of Evolution, by Rebecca Stott, by John G. West (Claremont Institute, August 12, 2013)
- Ending Racial Hatred with Heart, Wallet, by Jonathan Bean (USA Today, May 17, 2013)
- God's Child: The Odd Thomas Series, by Dean Koontz, by Hunter Baker (Touchstone, July/August 2013)
- The Heretic: Who Is Thomas Nagle and Why Are so many of His Fellow Academics Condemning Him?, by Andrew Ferguson (Weekly Standard, March 25, 2013)
- Incredible Journeys: What to Make of Visits to Heaven, by Mark Galli (Christianity Today, December 21, 2012)
- Kramer's Criteria: Hilton Kramer's Life of Cultural Discernment Meant Speaking Truth to Art, by Bradley W. Anderson (Touchstone, July/August 2013)
- Mere C. S. Lewis, by Anthony Kenny (Times Literary Supplement, June 19, 2013)
- My Top 5 Books by C. S. Lewis, by Alister McGrath (Christianity Today, July 11, 2013)
- Our Augustine, by Carol Zaleski (Christian Century, July 5, 2013)
- A Philosopher Defends Religion, by Thomas Nagle (New York Review of Books, September 27, 2012)
- Prince of Peace, by Mary Theroux (The Beacon, March 24, 2013)
- Sacred mystery: Latest blockbuster ratings for 'The Bible' continue to confound Hollywood, by Daniel Wattenberg (Washington Times, March 14, 2013)
- Science, Too, Calls for a Leap of Faith, by Trevin Wax (New York Times, August 15, 2013)
- Step up to plate for CS Lewis 50th anniversary festivities, Belfast council is told, by Victoria O'Hara (Belfast Telegraph, April 3, 2013)
- Why Darwinist Materialism Is Wrong, by Alvin Plantina (The New Republic, November 16, 2012)
- Why Mere Christianity Should Have Bombed: Knowing why it didn't can help us strengthen our witness today, by John G. Stackhouse Jr. (Christianity Today, December 27, 2012)
5. Recent 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)
B. Other Books:
- America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great, by Ben Carson (Zondervan, 2013)
- As One Devil to Another: A Fiendish Correspondence in the Tradition of C. S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters, by Richard Platt (Tyndale Momentum, 2012)
- Back on the Road to Serfdom: The Resurgence of Statism, edited by Thomas E. Woods, Jr. (ISI Books, 2011)
- Bilbo's Last Song: At the Grey Havens, by J.R.R. Tolkien (Ashgate Publishing, 2013)
- A Brief History of the Soul, by Stewart Goetz and Charles Taliaferro (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)
- The Case for the Psalms: Why They Are Essential, by N. T. Wright (HarperOne, 2013)
- Christian History: An Introduction, by Alister E. McGrath (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013)
- Faith, Hope and Poetry: Theology and the Poetic Imagination, by Malcolm Guite (Ashgate, 2012)
- The Fall of Arthur, by J.R.R. Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013)
- Galatians for You: For Reading, for Feeding, for Leading, by Timothy Keller (Good Book Company, 2013)
- Heaven and Hell: Visions of the Afterlife in the Western Poetic Tradition, by Louis Markos (Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2013)
- The Image in Mind: Theism, Naturalism, and the Imagination, by Charles Taliaferro and Jill Evans (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013)
- The Intellectual World of C.S. Lewis, by Alister E. McGrath (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013)
- Jacob's Ladder: Ten Steps to Truth, by Peter Kreeft (Ignatius Press, 2013)
- Lord Peter: The Complete Lord Peter Wimsey Stories, by Dorothy Sayers (Harper, 2013)
- Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False, by Thomas Nagel (Oxford University Press, 2012)
- Mind, Matter, and Nature: A Thomistic Proposal for the Philosophy of Mind, by James D. Madden (Catholic University of America Press, 2013)
- Minds, Brains, Souls and Gods A Conversation on Faith, Psychology and Neuroscience, by Malcolm Jeeves (IVP Academic, 2013)
- One Perfect Life: The Complete Story of the Lord Jesus, by John MacArthur (Thomas Nelson, 2013)
- Papal Economics: The Catholic Church on Democratic Capitalism, from Rerum Novarum to Caritas in Veritate, by Maciej Zieba (ISI Books, 2013)
- Paul and the Faithfulness of God (Christian Origins and the Question of God, Vol. IV), by N. T. Wright (Fortress Press, 2013)
- A Reasonable Response: Answers to Tough Questions on God, Christianity, and the Bible, by William Lane Craig (Moody Publishers, 2013)
- The Rediscovery of Meaning, and Other Essays, by Owen Barfield (Barfield Press UK, 2013)
- Sheldon Vanauken: The Man Who Received "A Severe Mercy", by Will Vaus (Winged Lion Press, 2013)
- The Singing Bowl, by Malcolm Guite (Canterbury Press Norwich, 2013)
- Sounding the Seasons: Seven Sonnets for the Christian Year, by Malcolm Guite (Canterbury Press Norwich, 2012)
- 10 Christians Everyone Should Know: Lives of the Faithful and What They Mean to You, edited by John Perry (Thomas Nelson, 2012)
- Thomas Aquinas and Karl Barth An Unofficial Catholic-Protestant Dialogue, by Thomas Joseph and White Bruce L. Mccormack (Eerdmans, 2013)
- The Uses of Pessimism: And the Danger of False Hope, by Roger Scruton (Oxford University Press, 2013)
- Walking with God through Pain and Suffering, by Timothy Keller (Dutton Adult, 2013)
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; email@example.com
August 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
September 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