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.:
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.
- William Lane Craig vs. Sam Harris: "Is the Foundation of Morality Natural or Supernatural?" debate at the University of Notre Dame (April 7, 2011)
- William Lane Craig: "Can we be good without God?" at Georgia Institute of Technology (February 21, 2008)
- John Lennox: "God, the Universe and Stephen Hawking" (April 9, 2011)
- John Lennox and Daniel Lowenstein: "Christianity and the Tooth Fairy" at UCLA (April 9, 2011)
- Stethoscope Man "Christ Lives in You"
- Alvin Plantinga: "Science and Religion: Where the Real Conflict Lies" at the Mayo Clinic (May 15, 2011)
- Robert P. George (Princeton U.): "Natural Law, God, and Human Dignity" at the University of Toledo (February 18, 2010)
- Artists calling for a “Christian revival” of the arts to fight secularism (May 15, 2011)
- "KJB: The Book That Changed the World" (Trailer)
4. Recent Articles:
- "The American Evangelical Love Affair with C. S. Lewis: Why He's Important But Still Not Jesus," by Ryan Harper (Huffington Post, March 16, 2011)
- "Ayn Rand Led Me to Christ: How the anti-Christian philosopher prepared me to hear the gospel," by Bishop Edward S. Little II (Christianity Today, June 29, 2011)
- "Blurring Sexual Boundaries: No fixed borders for sexual identity, means no fixed rules for sexual expression," by Douglas Farrow (First Things, March, 2011)
- "C. S. Lewis and Philosophy of Game Design," by Josh Foreman (Gamasutra, September 2, 2011)
- "C. S. Lewis and the Devil," by John Murray (Wall Street Journal, August 5, 2011)
- "C. S. Lewis's Aeneid," by Carol Zaleski (Christian Century, June 2, 2011)
- "Chris Riddell's top 10 author/illustrator double acts," by Chris Riddell (The Guardian, September 22, 2011)
- "Christ's resurrection always invites media barrage: Earth Day is cause for celebration, Easter earns only nasty attacks," by Robert Knight (Washington Times, April 23, 2011)
- "Christian Film? What Should Be Coming to a Theater Near You," by Cathleen Falsani (Huffington Post, April 28, 2011)
- "Christian Group Calls for Sustainable Economy," by Napp Nazworth (Christian Post, August 3, 2011)
- "A Christian Response to the Ongoing Enslavement of America's Poor," by Fr. Peter-Michael Preble (Huffington Post, August 3, 2011)
- "Christians for a Sustainable Economy," by Marvin Olasky (World, August 2, 2011)
- "Christians, the debt and the poor," by Jordan Sekulow (Washington Post, August 2, 2011)
- "Could C. S. Lewis Have Imagined a World Without War," by Stanley Hauerwas (ABC, July 21, 2011)
- "Course Corrections: Whither the Evangelical Colleges?" by Allen C. Guelzo (Touchstone, May/June, 2011)
- "Do Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God?" interview of Miroslav Volf, by Mark Galli (Christianity Today, April 15, 2011)
- "Earth Day: A National Establishment of Religion," by Robert H. Nelson (The Daily Caller, April 21, 2011)
- "The eternal C. S. Lewis: Now, more than ever," by Tom O'Boyle (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 28, 2011)
- "Evangelicals Divided: The battle between Meliorists and Traditionists to define evangelicalism," by Gerald McDermott (First Things, April, 2011)
- "Forgiveness," by Elizabeth Bernard Higgs (World, September 27, 2011)
- "God and Freedom," by James Hitchcock (Touchstone, July/August, 2011)
- "Harry Potter Is Here to Stay: Why the final movie is only the beginning of the Harry Potter phenomenon," by John Granger (Christianity Today, July 13, 2011)
- "In the Pew Instead of Prison," by James Q. Wilson (Wall Street Journal, May 9, 2011)
- "Is God A Novelist? How Fiction Can Awaken Us To Spiritual Truth," by Elizabeth Cunningham (Huffington Post, September 26, 2011)
- "It Is Not the Economy, Stupid," by Bruce Walker (American Thinker, September 30, 2011)
- "Jane Addams’s Social Gospel Synthesis and the Catholic Response: Competing Views of Charity and Their Implications," by Brandon Harnish (The Independent Review, Summer, 2011)
- "Jim Caviezel claims The Passion of the Christ made him a Hollywood outcast," by Ben Child (The Guardian, May 3, 2011)
- "Jesus and Harry Potter," by Timothy Dalrymple (Philosophical Fragments, July 14, 2011)
- "Mark Noll on the Foundation of the Evangelical Mind," interview by David Neff (Christianity Today, August 26, 2011)
- "The Next Narnia Film: Where We Are Now," by Tirian (NarniaWeb.com, September 27, 2011)
- "Q & A: Bishop Kallistos Ware on the Fullness and the Center," interview by David Neff (Christianity Today, July 6, 2011)
- "The Pope, Martin Luther, and Our Time," by Mark Brumley (Catholic World Report, September 25, 2011)
- "The Prophetic C. S. Lewis," by Joseph Sobran (Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation, June 8, 2011)
- "Rescued from the bonfire, the lost work of C. S. Lewis," by Rob Sharp (London Telegraph, March 4, 2011)
- "Richard Dawkins accused of cowardice for refusing to debate existence of God," by Tom Ross (London Telegraph, May 14, 2011)
- "Separated from the Father," by Marcia Segelstein (World, April 22, 2011)
- "Top 10 best books by C. S. Lewis," by Daniel Townsend (Examiner.com, September 8, 2011)
- "The Trouble with Ayn Rand: Civilization teeters on the brink: They’ve made a movie of Atlas Shrugged," by David Bentley Hart (First Things, May, 2011)
- "The Truth About Greenhouse Gases: The dubious science of the climate crusaders," by William Happer (First Things, June/July, 2011)
- "Unborn, Handicapped, Elderly: Life Unworthy of Life?", by Lillian Kwon (Christian Post, September 25, 2011)
- "Walden Media’s exclusive ‘Narnia’ film option expires," by Nate Marchand (Examiner.com, September 27, 2011)
- "What Stephen Hawking doesn’t understand about heaven," by N.T. Wright (Washington Post, May 16, 2011)
- "Whig History at Eighty," (pdf file) by Wilfred M. McClay (First Things, March 2011)
- "Why Natural Law Arguments Make Evangelicals Uncomfortable," by Matthew Lee Anderson (Christianity Today, March 23, 2011)
- "Worldwide Persecution of Christians: The 14 Worst Countries," by Doug Bandow (Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation, September 9, 2011)
5. Recent and Forthcoming Books:
- Beauty: A Very Short Introduction, by Roger Scruton (Oxford University Press, 2011)
- The Book That Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization, by Vishal Mangalwadi (Thomas Nelson, 2011)
- C. S. Lewis's Lost Aeneid: Arms and the Exile, edited by A.T. Reyes (Yale University Press, 2011)
- The Case for the Resurrection: A First-Century Investigative Reporter Probes History's Pivotal Event, by Lee Strobel (Zondervan, 2010)
- The Conservative Foundations of the Liberal Order: Defending Democracy Against Its Modern Enemies and Immoderate Friends, by Daniel J. Mahoney (ISI Books, 2011)
- God and Stephen Hawking: Whose Design Is It Anyway?, by John C. Lennox (Lion UK, 2011)
- God Behaving Badly: Is the God of the Old Testament Angry, Sexist and Racist?, by David T. Lamb (IVP Books, 2011)
- Is God a Moral Monster? Making Sense of the Old Testament God, by Paul Copan (Baker Books, 2011)
- Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind, by Mark A. Noll (William Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2011)
- Lead Like Jesus: Lessons from the Greatest Leadership Role Model of All Time, by Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges (Thomas Nelson, 2011)
- More God, Less Crime: Why Faith Matters and How It Could Matter More, by Byron Johnson (Templeton Press, 2011)
- Owen Barfield on C. S. Lewis, by Owen Barfield (Barfield Press UK, 2011)
- The Place of Religion in the Liberal Philosophy of Constant, Tocqueville, and Lord Acton, by Ralph Raico (Ludwig von Mises Institute, (2010)
- Revelation for Everyone, by N.T. Wright (Westminster John Knox Press, 2011)
- Saving Leonardo: A Call to Resist the Secular Assault on Mind, Morals, and Meaning, by Nancy Pearcey (B&H Publishing Group, 2010)
- Science and Religion in Quest of Truth, by John Polkinghorne (Yale University Press, 2011)
- Seven Days that Divide the World: The Beginning According to Genesis and Science, by John C. Lennox (Zondervan, 2011)
- Speaking of Jack: A C. S. Lewis Discussion Guide, by Will Vaus (Winged Lion Press, 2011)
- Testing Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible, by John Polkinghorne (Brazos Press, 2011)
- What I Learned in Narnia, by Douglas Wilson (2010)
- Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism, by Alvin Plantinga (Oxford University Press, 2011)
- Why God Won't Go Away: Is the New Atheism Running on Empty?, by Alister McGrath (Thomas Nelson, 2011)
- Work, Love, Pray: Practical Wisdom for Young Professional Christian Women, by Diane Paddison (Zondervan, 2011)
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; email@example.com
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; firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
7. Other Events:
A. "C. S. Lewis and the Pursuit of Joy: Southwest Regional Retreat & Writers Workshop"
Sponsored by the C. S. Lewis Foundation
- Ad Deum Dance Company
- Kevin Belmonte, author, William Wilberforce: A Hero for Humanity
- Carolyn Curtis, author, journalist and editor
- Gary Durham, Senior Pastor, New Hope Fellowship
- Bruce L. Edwards, Professor of English, Bowling Green State University
- Terry Glaspey, Senior Editor, Harvest House Publishers
- Angela Hunt, Christy Award-winning author
- Steve Laube, Founder and President, The Steve Laube Agency
- Andrew Lazo, co-editor, Changed Lives: C. S. Lewis as Spitirual Mentor and Mere Christians
- Louis Markos, Professor of English and Scholar in Residence, Houston Baptist University
- Bridgette Mongeon, writer, sculptor and speaker
- Holly Ordway, author, Not God's Type: A Rational Academic Finds a Radical Faith
- Pierce Pettis, musician and recording artist
- Lancia Smith, author, speaker and photographer
- Thomas Umstattd, CEO, Umstattd Media
- Regional Retreat: October 28-30, 2011
- Writers Workshop: October 27-29, 2011
Camp Allen Retreat and Conference Center (90 minutes from Houston)
18800 FM 362
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
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