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

1. The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, to Be Released December 14th as Part I of the New Film Trilogy from Peter Jackson:

Peter Jackson's Academy Award-winning film trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien's monumental, Christian-themed, 3-volume epic, The Lord of the Rings, has been one of greatest and most successful film productions of all time. On December 14th, he will release Part I of his trilogy based on Tolkien's prequel book, The Hobbit. From the official website for The Hobbit: An Expected Journey, here is the synopsis of the film:

The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Sorcerers.

Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever . . . Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of ingenuity and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities… A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, the character he played in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. Also reprising their roles from The Lord of the Rings in The Hobbit Trilogy are: Cate Blanchett as Galadriel; Ian Holm as the elder Bilbo; Christopher Lee as Saruman; Hugo Weaving as Elrond; Elijah Wood as Frodo; and Andy Serkis as Gollum. The international ensemble cast of the trilogy also includes (in alphabetical order) Manu Bennett, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Barry Humphries, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Bret McKenzie, Graham McTavish, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Conan Stevens, Ken Stott and Aidan Turner.

NewsweekProof of Heaven2. Renowned Neurosurgeon Eben Alexander's Near-Death Experience:

Thousands of people have had near-death experiences (NDEs), but most materialistic scientists have argued that they are impossible. Dr. Eben Alexander was one of those scientists. As discussed in the October 11th cover article of Newsweek, highly trained neurosurgeon at Harvard Medical School, Alexander believed that NDEs may feel real, but he considered them to be simply fantasies produced by brains under extreme stress. Then, Alexander’s own brain was attacked by meningitis. The part of the brain that controls thought and emotion (neocortex)—and in essence makes us human—shut down completely. For seven days he lay in a "brain-dead" coma. Then, as his doctors considered stopping treatment, Alexander’s eyes popped open. He had come back. While his body lay in coma, Alexander journeyed beyond this world and encountered an angelic-type being who guided him into the deepest realms of supernatural existence. Only after his NDE did the Alexander, who was adopted as an infant and never knew his birth parents, discover that he had a sister who had died years earlier and that the being who counseled him in his NDE was she. Before he underwent his journey, he could not reconcile his knowledge of neuroscience with any belief in heaven, God, or the soul. Today Alexander is a scientist who believes that truth can be achieved only when we realize that God and the soul are real and that death is not the end of personal existence but only a transition. This story would be remarkable no matter to whom it happened. That it happened to Alexander may make it revolutionary.

Alexander's new book, Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife, is now a bestseller on Amazon.com.

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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 http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B002BD2US4/lewissociety-20/002-6508816-9461647

fdOctober 24 and November 7: The Great Divorce, by C.S. Lewis; leader/moderator, Andrew Dósa, Esq.

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

In The Great Divorce, C.S. Lewis again employs his formidable talent for fable and allegory. The hero, in a dream, boards a bus on a drizzly afternoon and embnarks on an incredible voyage through Heaven and Hell. He meets a host of supernatural beings far removed from his expectations and comes to significant relizations about the ultimate consequences of everyday behavior. This is the starting point for a profound meditation upon good and evil. "If we insist on keeping Hell (or even earth) we shall not see Heaven; if we accept Heaven we shall not be able to retain even the smallest and most intimate souvenirs of Hell."

“Lewis, perhaps more than any other twentieth-century writer, forced those who listened to him and read his works to come to terms with their own philosophical presuppositions.” —Los Angeles Times

7. Other Events:

fdA. Freud's Last Session in San Jose, California
Sponsored by Arizona Theatre Company

This acclaimed stage production of Freud's Last Session pits C.S. Lewis against Sigmund Freud. Written by Mark St. Germain and directed by Stephen Wrentmore, the play is based on the superb book, The Question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex and the Meaning of Life, by Armand Nicholi, Jr., in which an imagined meeting occurs when the young Lewis is invited to visit Freud in his apartment in London on the day that England enters World War II. Freud desperately wants to understand how Lewis, who used to share his atheism, has become a convert to Christianity. Freud and Lewis clash over the issues of love, sex, the existence of God, and the meaning of life. This astute and witty comedy is highly recommended.

"Mark St. Germain's script is astute, and the humor is plentiful. Martin Rayner delivers a wise and cranky Freud. Mark H. Dold paints a wonderfully warm portrait of the young C.S. Lewis." —New York Times

"Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis engage in a battle of wits that is exciting and thought-provoking. And it makes for riveting theater. Freud's Last Session is a theatrical and intellectual delight!" —Huffington Post

"Delightful! A brainy fencing match of Olympic caliber!" —Bloomberg News


Beyond Broadway: Freud's Last Session
Video at Off Broadway Alliance when the play is awarded Best New Play
NY1 RV raves about Freud's Last Session


October 11 – November 4, 2012


San Jose Repertory Theatre
101 Paseo de San Antonio
San Jose, CA 95113-2603


Phone: 408-367-7255
Email: boxoffice@sjrep.com

fdB. 10th Annual C. S. Lewis Festival: C.S. Lewis in the Public Square
Sponsored by C. S. Lewis Festival, Inc.

The Northern Michigan C. S. Lewis Festival welcomes you to the annual celebration of the life and works of the man who created Narnia. Taking place during October and November in the Petoskey, Michigan area on Little Traverse Bay, events including music and theater performances, school and library programs, scholarly lectures, community discussion groups, and more.


October 15 – November 19, 2012
Calendar of Events


Petoskey, Michigan


C. S. Lewis Festival, P.O. Box 2026, Petoskey, MI 49770
Email Executive Director Anne McDevitt

fdC. The C.S. Lewis Retreat: Choosing Heaven: Eternity in the Here & Now: C.S. Lewis’s The Great Divorce
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 Professor Joseph Pearce as he opens Lewis’s works to us and helps 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. The retreat can be pursued in any of three tracks: Childrens Track, Readers Track, and Writers Workshop Track.



November 9 – 11, 2012


Camp Allen Retreat and Conference Center, 18800 FM 362, Navasota, TX 77868


C. S. Lewis Foundation, P.O. Box 8008, Redlands, CA 92375
Phone: 888-CSLEWIS

fdD. C. S. Lewis Summer Conference: Living the Legacy: The Vision, Voice, & Vocation of C.S. Lewis
Sponsored by C. S. Lewis Foundation

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of author C.S. Lewis's death, this conference will be the first of several events to be hosted in 2013 and 2014 by the C.S. Lewis Foundation in San Diego (CA), Houston (TX), Oxford (UK), and Cambridge (UK). Taking place at the University of San Diego, the conference will feature a wide range of noted C.S. Lewis scholars and performing artists.


June 19-23, 2013


University of San Diego, San Diego, Calif.


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


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