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The C. S. Lewis Society Newsletter (Fall 2011)

1. C. S. Lewis on Stage:

A. Freud's Last Session: Inspired by the superb book by Armand Nicholi, The Question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Sex and the Meaning of Life, the marvelous stage production of the play, Freud's Last Session, has been playing in select cities across the U.S. to rave acclaim. Here is a sampling of articles on the play:

B. The Screwtape Letters: Max McLean's brilliant production of C.S. Lewis's book, The Screwtape Letters, continues a schedule of performances across the U.S.:

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2. "The Lord of the Rings in Concert" in Nine-City Tour in the Western U.S.:

Composer Howard Shore brings J.R.R. Tolkien's literary imagination to vivid life with his Academy Award and Grammy Award-winning score of the film based on J.R.R. Tolkien's book, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. "The Lord of the Rings in Concert" will feature Peter Jackson's Academy Award-winning epic on an immense 60-foot screen with two 20k lumen projectors while the combined live performances of 300 musicians of the Munich Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Chorale, and Phoenix Boys Choir bring the music of Middle Earth to life. The events will be held in the following cities:

Here is a video on the tour.

3. Videos:

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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

    Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design, by Stephen C. Meyer
    7:30 p.m.: Discussion leader/moderator, Paul Ashby, Ph.D.

      October 12 and November 2, 2011:
      11990 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94619
      RSVP: 510-635-6892, 510-482-2906 phone; info@lewissociety.org
      Refreshments served

    Design—the idea that an intelligent cause, rather than an undirected process, best explains key features of life and the universe—continues to ignite controversy around the world. In Signature in the Cell, Stephen Meyer shows that digital code embedded in DNA points to a designing intelligence and helps unravel a mystery that Charles Darwin did not address: how did life begin? Meyer tells the story of the successive attempts to explain the origin of life and he develops a case for design based on new evidence using the same scientific method that Darwin himself pioneered.

    • Signature in the Cell (Official website)
    • Signature in the Cell (Wikipedia)
    • Signature in the Cell (video presentation by Stephen Meyer)
    • Signature in the Cell is available in hardcover and paperback.

      "A decisive case based upon breathtaking and cutting-edge science."
      —Philip S. Skell, Member, National Academy of Sciences; Evan Pugh Professor Emeritus, Pennsylvania State University

      "A delightful read . . . Meyer has marshaled a formidable array of evidence from fields as diverse as biochemistry, philosophy, and information theory. He deals fairly and thoroughly with even the most controversial aspects and has made a compelling case for his conclusion."
      —John C. Walton, Professor of Organic Chemistry, University of St. Andrews

      “Meyer has provided no less than a blueprint for 21st century biological science . . . After this book, readers will wonder whether anything more than sentimentality lies behind the continued association of Darwin's name with modern biology.”
      —Steve Fuller, Professor of Sociology of Science, University of Warwick; author of Dissent Over Descent

    God and Other Minds: A Study of the Rational Justification of Belief in God, by Alvin Plantinga
    7:30 p.m.: Discussion, Leader/moderator, José Yulo, Ph.D.

      November 9 and 16, 2011:
      11990 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94619
      RSVP: 510-635-6892, 510-482-2906 phone; info@lewissociety.org
      Refreshments served

    In this classic and pathbreaking book, Alvin Plantinga wrestles with one of the central issues in the philosophy of religion: can belief in God be rationally justified? Plantinga reviews in detail the traditional and modern arguments for and against the existence of God. In this brilliantly reasoned book, Plantinga holds that "belief in other minds and belief in God are in the same epistemoligcal boat; hence if either is rational, so is the other. But obviously the former is rational; so therefore, is the latter." God and Other Minds has revolutionized philosophy by showing that theism is necessarily true.

    • God and Other Minds (Wikipedia)
    • God and Other Minds (Google Books preview of first 42 pages)
    • God and Other Minds is available in paperback.

      "This book is one of the most important to have appeared in this century in the philosophy of religion, and makes outstanding contributions to our understanding of otherf minds as well."
      Journal of Philosophy"

      "This is one of those books which deserves to be called brilliant."
      Virginia Quarterly Review

7. Other Events:

A. "C. S. Lewis and the Pursuit of Joy: Southwest Regional Retreat & Writers Workshop"
Sponsored by the C. S. Lewis Foundation

Featuring:

When:

  • Regional Retreat: October 28-30, 2011
  • Writers Workshop: October 27-29, 2011

Where:

    Camp Allen Retreat and Conference Center (90 minutes from Houston)
    18800 FM 362
    Navasota, TX 77868

Reservations:

B. "Reasonable Faith UK Tour with William Lane Craig"
Sponsored by UCCF-The Christian Unions, Damaris, and Premiere Christain Radio

Having defeated in debate many of the world's best known atheists, the renowned Christian scholar William Lane Craig (Research Professor of Philosophy, Talbot Theological College) will be engaged in a series of debates and lectures across the Unted Kingdom, including in London, Cambridge, Birmingham, Southampton, Oxford, and Manchester. To date atheist Richard Dawkins has refused to debate Professor Craig, but the door remains open at the event in Oxford.

Here is a video on the tour.

Here also are podcast interviews with Professor Craig:

When: October 17-26, 2011

Where and What:

  • Oct. 17: Westminster Central Hall, London; Debate with atheist Stephen Law, editor of THINK, Royal Institute of Philosophy
  • Oct. 19: St. Andrew the Great, Cambridge; "Has Hawking eliminated God? Responding to Professor Hawking's The Grand Design"
  • Oct. 21: The Great Hall, Birmingham University; Debate "Does God Exist?" with Professor Peter Millican
  • Oct. 23: Westminster Chapel, London; Bethinking National Apologetics Conference
  • Oct. 24: Southampton Guildhall, Southampton; "The Historicity of Jesus' Resurrection"
  • Oct. 25: Sheldonian Theater, Oxford; "Is God a Delusion? A Critique of Dawkin's The God Delusion"
  • Oct. 26: University Place Lecture Theatre, Manchester University; Debate "Does God Exist?" with Professor Peter Atkins

Tickets: Online

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