(Fwd) C.S. Lewis Society Update (1/14/08)
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Date sent: Mon, 14 Jan 2008 18:01:20 -0800
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From: "David J. Theroux" <DTheroux@...>
Subject: C.S. Lewis Society Update (1/14/08)
Please note the following in this issue of the
C.S. Lewis Society Update (1/14/08):
1. Christianity vs. Atheism Debate Video:
Dinesh D'Souza vs. Michael Shermer
2. The Chronicles of Narnia
3. New C.S. Lewis Blog
4. The next meeting of the C.S. Lewis Society Bay Area Book Club
5. Other Events
1. Christianity vs. Atheism Debate Video: Dinesh D'Souza vs. Michael Shermer:
In the latest of the debates between best-selling
author Dinesh D'Souza and leading anti-theists,
here is the video of the debate pitting Mr.
D'Souza against Michael Shermer, editor of
"Is Religion a Force for Good or Evil? And Can you be Good without God?"
California Institute of Technology, December 9, 2008:
Mr. D'Souza is the author of the new book, WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT
As with his previous debates, Mr. D'Souza wins this one decisively.
2. The Chronicles of Narnia:
PRINCE CASPIAN is the next blockbuster film in
the "Chronicles of Narnia" book series to be
released May 16th.
Here is the official PRINCE CASPIAN film web site:
One of the most important intellectual
developments regarding the Narnia series (and
Lewis's work overall) is the following new book
which reveals a stunning and brilliant level of
sophistication and literary excellence by Lewis
in what some people previously and mistakenly
thought were simply children's books:
PLANET NARNIA: The Seven Heavens in the
Imagination of C.S. Lewis, by Michael Ward
(Oxford University Press)
Here is the web site on PLANET NARNIA, complete
with author tour schedule, blog, and other
Here also is a new article by Dr. Ward, "Narnia and the Seven Heavens":
And the book is now available:
3. New C.S. Lewis Blog:
HarperCollins which publishes many of C.S.
Lewis's books has just launched the new C.S.
Lewis Blog based on Lewis's work:
I am privileged to be one of the sixteen
columnists for the blog, and here are recent
sample articles that have appeared:
"Mere Friendship: C.S. Lewis on a Great Joy," by David J. Theroux
"C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Inklings," by Diana Glyer
"Strange Help from Father Christmas," by Devin Brown
4. The next meetings of the C.S. Lewis Society
Bay Area Book Club will be as follows:
Book for Discussion:
MERE CHRISTIANITY, by C.S. Lewis:
Wednesday, January 23, 7:30 p.m.; Meeting moderator/leader: Andrew Dosa
Wednesday, February 6, 7:30 p.m.; Meeting moderator/leader: Andrew Dosa
MERE CHRISTIANITY is the best-selling, celebrated
and plain-spoken defense of the essential
principles of Christianity. 1943 England, when
all hope was threatened by the inhumanity of war,
C.S. Lewis was invited to give a series of radio
lectures addressing the central issues of
Christianity. More than half a century after the
original lectures, they continue to retain their
poignancy. First heard as informal radio
broadcasts, the lectures were then published as
three books and subsequently combined as MERE
CHRISTIANITY. C.S. Lewis proves that "at the
center of each there is something, or a Someone,
who against all divergences of belief, all
differences of temperament, all memories of
mutual persecution, speaks with the same voice,"
rejecting the boundaries that divide
Christianity's many denominations. This
twentieth-century classic provides an unequaled
opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike
to hear a powerful, rational case for the
"I read Lewis for comfort and pleasure many years
ago, and a glance into the books revives my old
--John Updike, novelist and poet
"C. S. Lewis is the ideal persuader for the
half-convinced, for the good man who would like
to be a Christian but finds his intellect getting
in the way."
--Anthony Burgess, author, playwright, and composer
The meetings will be held at:
11990 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94619 (atop the Oakland hills)
510-482-2906 phone wine, soft drinks and other refreshments served
Here also are numerous articles re MERE CHRISTIANITY:
"MERE CHRISTIANITY" by Wikipedia:
"The Whos and Whats of MERE CHRISTIANITY", by William Griffin:
"MERE CHRISTIANITY", by Edward H. Purley:
"Notes on MERE CHRISTIANITY", by Tim Chambers
MERE CHRISTIANITY is available in paperback:
MERE CHRISTIANITY is available free online:
MERE CHRISTIANITY on CD:
MERE CHRISTIANITY is available free on YouTube:
Here also is the schedule of future Lewis Society book club meetings:
Here also is information on C.S. Lewis:
We hope that you and/or others you know will be
joining with us! (Please feel free to forward
this update to others.)
5. Other Events:
"Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Death of Dorothy Sayers"
Sponsored by the Dorothy Sayers Society
St. Margaret's Church, Westminster Abbey
January 15, 2008
Presentation by Michael Ward
Sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Graduate Students
Bowling Green State University
BGSU Student Union, Room 308 (6:45 pm)
Bowling Green, OH
January 22, 2008
"C.S. Lewis Conference"
Sponsored by Hope Lutheran Church
January 25-27, 2008
"The Language of God: Intellectual Reflections of a Christian Geneticist"
Presentation by Francis S. Collins Sponsored by Veritas Forum University of
California, Berkeley Wheeler Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. February 4, 2008
"God and the Genome"
Presentation by Francis S. Collins
Sponsored by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship
Stanford Memorial Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
February 5, 2008
"Sixth Frances Ewbank Colloquium on C.S. Lewis & Friends"
Sponsored by Taylor University, Upland, IN
May 29-June 1, 2008
"Charles Williams and His Contemporaries"
Sponsored by The Charles Williams Society
Sr. Hilda's College, Oxford, England
July 4-6, 2008
"Oxbridge 2008: The Self and the Search for Meaning"
Sponsored by the C.S. Lewis Foundation
Oxford University, July 28 - August 2, 2008
Cambridge University, August 3-8, 2008
Please contact me with any questions.
David J. Theroux
Founder and President
C. S. Lewis Society of California
100 Swan Way, Suite 200
Oakland, CA 94621-1428
(510) 635-6892 Phone
(510) 568-6040 Fax
Founder and President
The Independent Institute
(510) 632-1366 Phone
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