C.S. Lewis may be more famous for writing The Chronicles of Narnia, but his Space Trilogy is probably a close second among his works of fiction.  Today, HarperCollins is releasing the books in ebook format for the first time.  It’s the first time that HarperCollins is publishing the books in the U.S., as they’ve been published by Scribner until now.

Order The Space Trilogy for your Kindle:

Book 1: Out of the Silent Planet | Book 2: Perelandra | Book 3: That Hideous Strength

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Perelandra the Opera

Perelandra Project writes: The Oxford C.S. Lewis Society and the Donald Swann Estate are planning a production of PERELANDRA the Opera.

Music: Donald Swann
Libretto: David Marsh
Based on the book by C.S. Lewis

To be performed in its original, three-act version as a ‘theatrical oratorio’.

Place: Oxford, England
Dates: June 2009 (exact dates to be confirmed)

The performance run will be accompanied by a two-day international colloquium on PERELANDRA (book and opera).

Please visit this website regularly for news about the production and the colloquium, and for the announcement of a PERELANDRA art competition.

Join the Facebook Group The Perelandra Project for discussion and updates.

For more information, or to discuss ways of getting involved in the project, please contact the production team.

Interview: Herbie Brennan, editor of Through the Wardrobe

Hey, NarniaFans! Below is a brief excerpt from an interview with Herbie Brennan on his new book Through the Wardrobe from the Teen Libris web site. Special thanks to Leah Wilson for allowing us to post these excerpts. Click the source link if you wish to view more of the interview.

Q: How old were you when you first read the Chronicles of Narnia?

A: Getting on a bit, actually—late teens or early twenties, as I recall. The thing was I read Lewis’s science fiction first: Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, That Hideous Strength. Absolutely adored them and went hunting for more. When there weren’t any more, I turned to Narnia in desperation. With a title like The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, I thought I might be buying something for tiny tots, but instead I found a new Lewis love.

Q: Is there a character in Narnia that you particularly take to?

A: Oooh yes—I really fancy Jadis, the White Witch. I’ve always liked bossy women (you don’t have to think when you’re with them) and villains are far more interesting than heroes. Besides, she’s tall, which is very attractive in a girl, and I heard somewhere that she was descended from Lilith, Adam’s first wife. Rabbinical lore has it that Lilith was a hairy demoness. With an ancestry like that, how could I not be fascinated?

Q: There are countless stories of good vs. evil in our culture. What makes the Chronicles of Narnia special?

A: We’re back to your second question here. The story of Good versus Evil is one of those great archetypal themes I was talking about that reach directly into the human soul. It’s not that Narnia is especially special—it really makes no sense to compare, say, Lewis with Tolkien, who dealt with the same theme. If you can write anyway well (and Lewis certainly could) then the choice of theme automatically makes your work special.

C.S. Lewis Society Update (2/15/08)

Please note the following in this issue of the C.S. Lewis Society Update (2/15/08):
http://www.lewissociety.org

1. C.S. Lewis in TV’s “Lost”
2. Recent Articles
3. New Books
4. Next meetings of the C.S. Lewis Society Bay Area Book Club
5. Other Events

1. C.S. Lewis in TV’s “Lost”:

The extremely popular ABC-TV series of mystery, spirituality and intrigue with a group of people marooned on a desert island, “Lost,” is now in its fourth season. And in episode two, the program is revealing remarkable clues that point to C.S. Lewis’s influence. For example, when Ben noted that Charlotte’s complete name is “Charlotte Staples Lewis,” the blogosphere utterly lit up about Lewis, with people pointing out the connections to Lewis’s books, PRINCE CASPIAN and PERELANDRA. Such suggestions have arisen before, especially in the first season, when the original program was produced by Christian film producer Ralph Winter, who is also currently producing the film version of THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS. Here are example articles:

Tiddlywinkydinks: Perelandra Lost” (Inner Toob)

Lost’s Second Episode Reveals More Clues,” by Sonja Zjawinski (Wired News)

‘Lost’: Chute First, Ask Questions Later,” by Jeff Jensen (Entertainment Weekly)

2. Recent Articles:

A. Here is another article from the author of the important, new book, PLANET NARNIA (Oxford University Press):

“C. S. Lewis and the Star of Bethlehem: Recovering the Medieval Imagination,” by Michael Ward (Christianity Today)

http://www.christianitytoday.com/bc/2008/001/15.30.html

B. Is the warning in C.S. Lewis’s dystopian science fiction book THAT HIDEOUS STRENGTH coming true in Britain? In the book, Lewis conceived of a government-funded scientistic think tank, the National Institute for Coordinated Experiments (N.I.C.E.), which would rule society absolutely according to eugenic, utilitarian principles. Incredibly enough, in 1999, the Labor government established the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (N.I.C.E.) with special powers to determine the treatments in Britain’s government-funded health system. As Elizabeth Woodeson, head of scientific development and bioethics at the Department of Health has stated, “The Secretary of State believes that…clinicians should be able to follow the N.I.C.E. [quality of life] guidelines without being obliged to accede to patient demands.” The result for example was the decision to withhold food and water from Leslie Burke, who was suffering from a degenerative motor neurone disease, with Burke filing a lawsuit in response in order to save his life:

Commentary: Britain’s N.I.C.E. Think Tank Not So Nice – C.S. Lewis’ Prophesy Comes Eerily True,” by Hilary White (LifeSite)

C. Review of Dinesh D’Souza’s bestselling book, WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT CHRISTIANITY:

God’s Advocate: Dinesh D’Souza goes the distance with the atheists,” by Peter Wehner (Weekly Standard)

D. For decades, the world’s leading atheist (and David Hume) scholar Antony Flew attacked theism as irrational. In his new book, THERE IS A GOD, he reveals why he has changed his mind and has abandoned atheism. Here is an interview with him:

My Pilgrimage from Atheism to Theism: A Discussion between Antony Flew and Gary Habermas

3. New Books:

SURPRISED BY HOPE: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church, by N.T. Wright

GOD’S UNDERTAKER: Has Science Buried God?, by John Lennox

CONSCIOUSNESS AND THE EXISTENCE OF GOD: A Theistic Argument, by J. P. Moreland

CHRISTIANS AT THE CROSS: Finding Hope in the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus, by N.T. Wright

IS YOUR LORD LARGE ENOUGH: How C.S. Lewis Expands Our View of God, by Peter J. Schakel

THE REASON FOR GOD: Belief in an Age of Skepticism, by Timothy Keller

THE HEART OF NARNIA; Wisdom, Virtue, and Life Lessons from the Classic Chronicles, by Robert Velarde

INSIDE PRINCE CASPIAN: A Guide to Exploring the Return to Narnia, by Devin Brown

THE CASE FOR THE REAL JESUS: A Journalist Investigates Current Attacks on the Identity of Christ, by Lee Strobel

4. The next meetings of the C.S. Lewis Society Bay Area Book Club will be as follows:

Book for Discussion:

TILL WE HAVE FACES: A Myth Retold, by C.S. Lewis:

Wednesday, February 20, 7:30 p.m.; Meeting moderator/leader: Roy Carlisle

Wednesday, March 5, 7:30 p.m.; Meeting moderator/leader: Roy Carlisle

TILL WE HAVE FACES was considered by Lewis to be his greatest novel, and critics agree. Based on the classic Roman myth, this tale of two princesses — one beautiful and one unattractive — and of the struggle between sacred and profane love is Lewis’s reworking of the myth of Cupid and Psyche and one of his most enduring works. The book is brilliant and intriguing study of love, pride, power and God.

“The most significant and triumphant work that Lewis has yet produced”.”
–New York Herald Tribune

“In Mr. Lewis’s sensitive hands the ancient myth retains its fascination while being endowed with new meanings, new depths, new terrors.”
–Saturday Review

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 TILL WE HAVE FACES:

“TILL WE HAVE FACES” by Henry Karlson:

“TILL WE HAVE FACES” by Wikipedia:

“A Great Gulf Fixed: The Problem of Obsessive Love in C.S. Lewis’ TILL WE HAVE FACES,” by Amelia F. Franz

“TILL WE HAVE FACES, by C.S. Lewis,” reviewed by Peter Schakel; Literary Encyclopedia

“TILL WE HAVE FACES, by C.S. Lewis”, by Kevin Stilley

“A review of TILL WE HAVE FACES by C.S. Lewis”

“Notes on TILL WE HAVE FACES”

TILL WE HAVE FACES is available in paperback

TILL WE HAVE FACES on CD

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:

http://www.lewissociety.org/events.php

“Sixth Frances Ewbank Colloquium on C.S. Lewis & Friends”
Sponsored by Taylor University, Upland, IN
May 29-June 1, 2008

“LionCon: A Narnian Convention”
Sponsored by LionCon.org
June 20-22, 2008
http://www.lioncon.org/

“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.

Best regards,

David

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
dtheroux@lewissociety.org
http://www.lewissociety.org

Founder and President
The Independent Institute
(510) 632-1366 Phone
DTheroux@independent.org
http://www.independent.org

Tumnus’s Book Shelf: The NarniaFans Book Reviews : Perelandra

Welcome to Tumnus’s Book Shelf where we review any and all books related to Narnia and CS Lewis! For this weeks review, we will be looking at CS Lewis’s Perelandra

Book Title:Perelandra
Author: CS Lewis.
Publisher: Scribner (March 4, 2003)

Language: English
ISBN-10: 074323491X

ISBN-13: 978-0743234917

Summary of the book:

Some Possible Spoilers. (Please Highlight to read)

Summary.

The narrator (who is identified as CS Lewis himself) arrived at the cottage of Elwin Ransom. Ransom had sent him a telegram saying he had to see him. He had an urgent matter to discuss with him.

When Lewis arrived he found that Ransom was not home, and decided to make himself comfortable. Lewis looked around and saw a strange box. He continued around the cottage and saw a strange light and heard a voice. It frightened him and he was overcome by his emotions. Ransom arrived and spoke to the voice.

Ransom lit a candle and apologized to Lewis for his tardiness and told Lewis that he had seen Oyarsa. Ransom will be going to Perelandra, or Venus, as the Bent One is planning to attack and conquer it as he had Earth at the Dawn of Time.

Lewis had been summoned to help settle Ransom’s affairs before departing, and set up things for his hopeful return. The next day, he watched as Ransom got inside the box. The box instantly vanished.

A little more than a year later Oyarsa summoned Lewis to Ransom’s cottage . As agreed Lewis brought Doctor Humphrey with him. They found that Ransom had returned. He had a strange wound on his foot and his ship was filled with beautiful alien flowers. The doctor tended to Ransom’s wound and helped him get cleaned up. Later that evening as they sat down to dinner, Ransom told them of his adventure.

Ransom arrived on Perelandra. He discovered that the planet was a fresh, vibrant and lively paradise. After a beautiful and restful sleep like he had never had before, Ransom encountered a docile dragon who wished to be his friend.

The Dragon and some of the other creatures of Perelandra brought Ransom to a beautiful woman who was the Queen of Perelandra. To his surprise she appeared to resemble a human female. The lady was more beautiful than any he had ever seen on Earth and almost child-like in nature. She had no concept of such ideas as “peace”, “home” , “possessions”, “ dead”, “age”, “time”, “rubbish” or “alone”.

They spoke to each other about their respective worlds. Much like the Oyarsa of Malacandra, she wished to know what Melidil did on Earth and of the other worlds. He discovered unlike Malacandra, which was old and dying, Perelandra was new and alive. This woman is the mother of her race. The King, who she can’t find is the father.

As they were walking and talking together the next day, they passed a mountain called the fixed land where it is forbidden for her to go and stay. They can only be on the moving lands. They suddenly saw an object fall from the sky. Ransom discovered it was a space ship much like the one that took him to Perelandra, only smaller.

They watched as none other than Dr .Weston emerged from the ship. SPOILERS! Ransom realized why he had been sent: to stop Weston from conquering Perelandra. Ransom tried to send her off, but The Lady insisted that she go along to meet him as it was her world. Reluctantly, he allowed her to go with him.

Weston was surprised to see Ransom on Perelandra and believed he was beating him at the conquest of the planet. Ransom told him he was there to protect it and insisted Weston not harm the planet. By the Lady’s insistence he helped Weston to shore.

After sending the Lady away, Ransom conversed with Weston and he found out his enemy’s tactics. He wasn’t going to conquer Peralandra by force like on Malacandra, but by spirituality. He told Ransom it was intended for him to do by the “spirits” or “life-force” Ransom warned him that some spirits are evil and Weston should be careful.

Weston told him that according to his beliefs, good and evil, God and the devil, and angels and demons are merely faces of his beliefs. He was really in charge. Ransom knew now what Weston was intending. He was going to set himself up as the god of that planet.

As he spoke Weston’s face became distorted. Weston went into convulsions and fell to the ground. After Weston went unconscious, Ransom tended to him and removed his weapons.

Ransom left the unconscious Weston and went in search of the Lady. Ransom resolved the next day that he had to find Weston. If he recovered he would only cause trouble and that is what he had to prevent. END SPOILERS! He discovered that Weston was indeed awake and already trying to tempt the Lady into disobeying Melidil.

SPOILERS! Ransom discovered that Weston was possessed by servants of the Bent One. He appeared to be dead and had an unnatural “devilish” smile. It wasn’t Weston who was bent on conquering Perelandra and setting himself up as a god, but rather the Bent One working through Weston, using him as a vessel.

Weston continued to tempt the Lady by telling her of death and evil, Ransom interrupted and tried to dissuade her from listening to Weston. Weston, using very sound arguments, told her Ransom was “bad” and trying to keep her “young.” Ransom reminded her that she should wait for Melidil to teach her. Weston continued to try and deceive her, only to have the Lady respond by saying that she should not disobey Melidil’s will. END SPOILERS

Weston would not tire in his attempts. SPOILERS! He was embodied by the “Un-Man.” because of this supernatural being, Weston would not require the same things Ransom would need to keep fighting, such as food and sleep. Ransom knew this is the same creature that led Adam and Eve astray, and wondered how he can fight against a tireless being. Especially when this tireless being used clever arguments and appeared as a gentleman resorting to such tactics as telling her stories from Earth that make disobedience seem good, and convincing her to value herself over Melidil. END SPOILERS

All Ransom could do is watch over her. SPOILERS! Finally at one point, Ransom was so over come by doubts and fears that he left her side. He began to wonder how Meledil could seem to be absent when His enemy was on the move.

Ransom came to the realization that the tempter may not be able to be removed forcibly right away. The Lady had to be tested and proved. At least that is how it may be on Earth. Remembering the Lady’s words, Ransom realized that Perelandra is not a repeat or do over of Eden on Earth, but rather its own thing. If it fell it would be far worse than the fall of Earth, and Meledil would have to take even more drastic steps to save Perelandra.

It wasn’t Ransom who could help save Perelandra. Meledil must work through him as Un-man is working through Weston. Amidst his questions and doubts Meledil speaks to him. He reminded him that Ransom is not named as he is for nothing. Ransom is named for Meledil. He can and must fight The Un-man, even kill him.

Meledil told him that He has put all of Perelandra under a deep sleep, even the human form of Weston. Now was Ransom’s chance to act. As he approached Weston, the “Un-man” awakens and taunts Ransom giving him a parody of the truth. The two physically fight each other. Both are wounded, Ransom in the heal, Weston in the sides.

Weston broke free and ran. Ransom pursued him. All the creatures of Perelandra were awoken and joined him in the chase. The chase led to the sea where they battle on top of giant sea horses. They came to a shore, where Weston managed to regain his right mind. He knew there was a spirit world and knew he was under some one else’s control. He begged Ransom to help him before “The Un-man” took control again.

Ransom was too late. The “Un-man” regained control of Weston. He grabbed Ransom from the sea horse and dragged him down into the depths. Ransom broke free and made it to the surface. He followed Weston into a cave. He saw “the Un-Man” in his true form. Ransom commands “the Un-Man” return to where he came from in the name “of the Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.” At that “the un-man is defeated. Weston himself had died. On a wall of the cave with a sharp stone, Weston etched a memorial to Weston in both English and Old Solar after properly burying the body.

Ransom continued on. He felt like he may have been dying, having lost a lot of blood. He found that nothing was forbidden, not even the fixed land. He was allowed to actually walk on it and ascend the mountain. On top of the mountain he found his coffin-like space ship. Suddenly he felt a strange feeling, one he felt before. He was in the presence of two Eldila.

They were the Oyarsas of Mars ( Malacandra) and Venus ( Perelandra). The people of Perelandra can now ascend the mountain on the fixed land as the tempter is defeated. The Eldila would also now be visible to the Lady and The Man as they were too young to see them.

The Lady and the Man arrived, followed by a great crowd of creatures. They had found each other. The Eldila and all of Perelandra celebrated. At long last the King & Queen arrived and even the Eldila knelt before them. Ransom looked at them in wonder and awe as he knelt before them. They were a real man and woman, not broken shadows of what they should be like humans on Earth.

The Elidila of Perelandra gave to them dominion and rule of the planet. They were now old enough to take care of it. The Man and Lady know of evil, not by giving into it like The Bent One wanted, but by resisting it. Ransom spoke with them about what was the beginning of days of Perelandra and the end of the siege of Earth.

The festivities ended with Ransom witnessing the great dance and heard Perelandra, Malacandra, and all creation praising Melidil. The Elidil vanish. The creatures left, allowing only Ransom to be alone with The King ( Tor) and the Queen (Tendril). They tended to his wound, which would bleed forever, but because he was on Perelandra for over a year and breathed of its air and ate of its food , it would not kill him, he would be immortal.

Before entering his ship, the King and Queen filled it with the flowers of Perelandra as a gift to him to help sustain him on his journey. As the lid closed he fell asleep. END SPOILERS Then the Elidila carried the ship back to Earth.

Review:

While no other planet in our solar system has dominated science fiction more than Mars, Venus has perhaps offered us with just as much mystery, making it a suitable planet for writers and dreamers to ponder over. From a retrograde ( backwards) orbit, to it’s luminosity lending it such nick-names as “Lucifer” and “The Morning Star”, to the dense cloud coverage in it’s atmosphere, Venus, named after the Roman goddess of Love and Beauty, calls to the imagination like an enchanting lover. It is on this planet that Lewis chose to set the second book in his sci-fi trilogy, and it is on this planet that we encounter evil as it wishes we see it.

Much like with any book series, Perelandra, the second volume in CS Lewis’s space trilogy takes his stories even further and expands upon what happened in it’s precursor. Gone is the cold world of Mars, and in it’s place is the planet Venus, an Edenic paradise. Due to the lack of knowledge about the planet until the 1960s, Lewis was not the first or only science fiction writer to depict the planet as being a tropical paradise. For example Ray Bradburry’s short story “All Summer In a Day” the children of the first human colonists on Venus live essentially in a tropical rain forest.

This also falls in line with a common theory that many have of the condition of Earth in it’s earliest days. According to these theories, at one point there was a large “canopy” covering the earth, shielding it from harmful UV rays, and making it an almost paradise, allowing for such creatures as the dinosaurs to exist. This canopy was then destroyed by either atmospheric pollution caused by the impact of a giant meteor, or by the flood of Noah, depending on where ones line of reasoning lies.

The inhabitants of the planet all appear as the mythical monsters of old, such as dragons and sea monsters except that as there is no evil on the planet, they are benign. Unlike Malacandra where the inhabitants appear “alien” the inhabitants of Perelandra appear “familiar” ranging either from these mythical beasts, to humans such as The Lady. Her character closely resembles Milton’s version of Eve in Paradise Lost in terms of her child-like innocence. She knows nothing of such things as “rubbish”, “death”, “sickness” or “war” as there world has yet to fall.

A good story always needs a good paring of heroes and villians. This story is no exception with the hero Ransom, and the villain Weston. They are similar in many respects to Raphael and Satan in John Milton’s

Paradise Lost

. Such a comparison is not surprising as Lewis wrote a Preface to Paradise Lost and studied the epic poem closely.

If Perelandra were to fall, it would be far worse than that of Earth. It is Ransom’s job in this story to prevent this. His trip to Venus is not by an abduction as it was to Mars, but by initiation of the Eldila who personally take him to the planet. Part of his role in this story is to make sure that Perelandra does not suffer the same fate as Earth. His role is somewhat similar to the angel Raphael in Milton’s Paradise Lost in that he tries to prevent the fall. Ransom also tries to persuade the Lady to be patient, modest and wait upon Melidil as Raphael tried to persuade Adam of the same things.

Unlike Satan, Weston’s motives are not out of revenge. Weston is also much less of the epic version of Satan as seen in Paradise Lost but more similar to Lewis’s own Screwtape from The Screwtape Letters. Weston, like Screwtape uses subtleties, and slight perversions of the truth, and acts more like a member of the British Parliament in a Parliamentary debate, allowing Ransom to make a point, and then coming back with an eloquent rebuttal, and comes across as a gentlemen. Ransom even thinks to himself how can he fight the prince of darkness when he acts like a gentlemen.

The other “Enemy” Ransom has to face is himself. This comes in the form of his own doubts, fears and uncertainties of how does he combat Weston. He ends up discovering that it isn’t him who has to fight Weston or “The Un-Man” but Melidil working through Ransom.

Lewis also shows in much greater depth in his belief that the human fall, and humans going further in the universe, would only lead to greater problems than the ones on Earth. Ransom has to stop Weston to prevent Perelandra from falling like Earth, but because if Perelandra were to fall it would be far worse then the fall of Earth, and the cost to redeem it would be far greater and drastic.

Some readers may be concerned about the “theological implications” of this story, namely a fall of an alien race and how they’d be redeemed. The best remedy for any such implications is this: it is a space fantasy. Being worried about how the fall of fictional aliens is about as relevant as being concerned about the fall of the elves in Tolkien’s The Silmarillion. They are imaginary creatures. The purpose of showing how they could fall, or avoid it, and to show how God grants free will to all “races”, not just humans. Giving all other “races” like the aliens in the Space Trilogy free will and shows how much God desires to have his creations choose to follow Him and not be forced into it. As Ransom points out to the Lady, “ You obey because of love.” That is why God gives the gift of choice.

Lewis again tells the story as it was “told to him”. He is as mesmerized by this tale as we are. Like us, he hasn’t seen such a “perfect world” and is trying to relate all it’s glory from one who has, to others who haven’t seen it.

In Perelandra, Lewis grapples with the existential and theological questions of free will, choice, obedience and the condition of humanity as well as temptation. Readers learn the very same point that Lewis himself made, “It is only one who is tempted who truly knows how powerful it can be.” We can also see the greater power it takes to rise above it. Aside from that we get an exciting adventure set in a strange new world that only begins.

Five out of five shields

C.S. Lewis Society Update, 6/11/07

David J. Theroux, the Founder and President of the C. S. Lewis Society of California has e-mailed us with the latest updates on many upcoming events that you’re all invited to attend! I hope that some of you have the chance to visit these events and join Lewis Societies, or even have the opportunity to start one in your own area if one does not exist. Sorry that it’s one day late. I’ve been busy. Here’s the update:

Please note the following in this issue of the C.S. Lewis Society Update (6/11/07):

1. James Cameron’s “The Lost Tomb of Christ” Implodes
2. The Atheist Delusion
3. Next meeting of the C.S. Lewis Society’s Bay Area Book Club
4. Other Upcoming Events

1. James Cameron’s “The Lost Tomb of Christ” Implodes:

On March 4th for the Easter season, the Discovery Channel showed the documentary, “The Lost Tomb of Christ,” by Oscar-winning director James Cameron and Emmy-winning Canadian film maker Simcha Jacobovici. However, one month after the film’s screening the key “scholars” who were interviewed for the program have all backtracked on their claims. When originally released, top archaeologists and New Testament scholars discredited the program as contrary to all scientific evidence and logic, including the fact that the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus has never been refuted.

“Jesus tomb film scholars backtrack,” by Etgar Lefkovits (Jerusalem Post)

Perhaps, Cameron’s next documentary will be “Jesus is actually buried in Los Angeles”

2. The Atheist Delusion:

Within the past year, numerous best-selling books by atheists Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens have ruthlessly attacked theism and Christianity. The timing of many of these books in part has resulted from a deep frustration by many disillusioned supporters of the U.S. war in Iraq who are seeking religious scapegoats, but the books also vividly illustrate the reality and profound weaknesses of the widespread materialist world view in much of academia and mainstream culture. Meanwhile, other key books by Francis Collins, Owen Gingerich, Rodney Stark, N.T. Wright, and Douglas Wilson champion Christianity.

As a result, here are recent debates with some of these authors:

“God vs. Science: Francis Collins vs. Richard Dawkins” (Time)

“The God Debate: Rick Warren vs. Sam Harris” (Newsweek)

“Is Christianity Good for the World? Christopher Hitchens vs. Douglas Wilson” (Christianity Today)

Here also are key critical reviews of some of these books:

“Darwin, Mind and Meaning: Review of Daniel Dennett’s Darwin’s Dangerous Idea,” by Alvin Plantinga

“The Dawkins Confusion: Naturalism ad absurdum: Review of Richard Dawkins’s The God Delusion,” by Alvin Plantinga (Books and Culture)

“Lonely Atheists of the Global Village,” by Michael Novak

And, here is a recent study that uses the work of C.S. Lewis:

“Mere Economic Science: C. S. Lewis and the Poverty of Naturalism,” by David Theroux

Finally, here is a parody of an audio interview which uses many of Dawkins’s actual arguments:

“The Dawkins Delusion”

3. Next meeting of the C.S. Lewis Society’s Bay Area Book Club:

Book for Discussion:

PERELANDRA, by C.S. Lewis (from his acclaimed Space Trilogy)

“Mr. Lewis has a genius for making his fantasies livable.”
–NEW YORK TIMES

“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

“If wit and wisdom, style and scholarship are requisites to passage through the pearly gates, Mr. Lewis will be among the angels.”
–NEW YORKER

“Writing of the highest order. PERELANDRA is, from all standpoints, far superior to other tales of interplanetary adventures.”
–COMMONWEAL

Meeting moderator/leader: Tom Price
Wednesday, May 30th, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 13th, 7:30 p.m.

The second in C.S. Lewis’s acclaimed Space Trilogy, which includes Out of the Silent Planet and That Hideous Strength, PERELANDRA continues the adventures of the extraordinary Dr. Elwin Ransom as he journeys to a new world, Perelandra, and meets a human native, a glamorously beautiful woman who is the equivalent of Eve. The book is a a truly magical tale, completely unique in the science fiction genre. Pitted against the greatest of human weaknesses, temptation, Ransom must battle for good on Perelandra when it is invaded by pure evil. Will Perelandra succumb or will it throw off the yoke of corruption and achieve a spiritual perfection as yet unknown to man? The outcome of Dr. Ransom’s mighty struggle will alone determine its fate.

The meeting will be held at:

11990 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94619
510-482-2906 phone
wine, soft drinks and other refreshments served

Here also are articles that discuss PERELANDRA:

“PERELANDRA,” Wikipedia

“PERELANDRA, by C.S. Lewis,” reviewed by Peter Schakel, The Literary Encyclopedia

“C. S. Lewis: Science and Scientism,” by Henry F. Schaefer III

PERELANDRA is available in paperback and on CD.

Here also is the schedule of future Lewis Society book club meetings:

http://www.lewissociety.org/bookclub.php

Here also is information on C.S. Lewis:

http://www.lewissociety.org/aboutlewis.php

We hope that you and/or others you know will be joining with us! (Please feel free to forward this update to others.)

4. Other Upcoming Events:

http://www.lewissociety.org/events.php

Dorothy L. Sayers Society Annual Convention
Sponsored by the Marion E. Wade Center
Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
June 13-17, 2007

http://www.wheaton.edu/wadecenter/news/news.html

The 26th Annual Chesterton Conference: “The Man Who Was Today”
Sponsored by the American Chesterton Society
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
June 14-16, 2007

http://www.chesterton.org/rediscover/conference.html

“Opposition Is True Friendship: Love, Friendship and Philosophy in C.S. Lewis’s World”
Sponsored by the Southern California C.S. Lewis Society
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Monrovia, CA
June 16, 2007

C.S. Lewis Summer Conference: “Finding the Way: C.S. Lewis as Pilgrim Guide in an Age of Pluralism”
Sponsored by the C.S. Lewis Foundation
San Diego, CA
June 28-July 1, 2007

http://www.cslewis.org/programs/sumconference/2007/index.html

The 38th Annual Mythopoeic Conference (Mythcon XXXVIII), “Becoming Adept: The Journey to Mastery”
Sponsored by the Mythopoeic Society
University of California, Berkeley, CA
August 3-6, 2007

http://www.mythsoc.org/mythcon38.html

“The Crisis of the University: Freedom, Tolerance and the Pursuit of Truth”
Sponsored by the C.S. Lewis Foundation
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
October 5-6, 2007

http://www.cslewis.org/programs/ff/2007/index.html

“C.S. Lewis: Man and His Work: A 21st Century Legacy”
Sponsored by L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture
Southeastern College at Wake Forest, Wake Forest, NC
October 26-27, 2007

http://www.sebts.edu/CSLewis/

C.S. Lewis Society Update, 5/24/07

David J. Theroux, the Founder and President of the C. S. Lewis Society of California has e-mailed us with the latest updates on many upcoming events that you’re all invited to attend! I hope that some of you have the chance to visit these events and join Lewis Societies, or even have the opportunity to start one in your own area if one does not exist. Here’s the update:

In this Issue of C.S. Lewis Society Update:
1. Upcoming Films
2. Important New Books
3. Next meetings of the C.S. Lewis Society’s Bay Area Book Club
4. Other Upcoming Events

1. Upcoming Films:

With the enormous film success of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” based on the first volume of C.S. Lewis’s beloved 7-volume series, “The Chronicles of Narnia,” plans are underway at Walden Media to produce the following films based on other Lewis novels, for public release as follows:

“Prince Caspian” — mid-2008
“The Screwtape Letters” — Christmas 2008
“Voyage of the ‘Dawn Treader’” — mid-2009
“The Silver Chair” — mid-2010

In addition, the Duncan Group is in post-production for the forthcoming program for PBS:

“Myth, Imagination & Faith: A Spiritual Journey through Literature”

Featuring the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, George MacDonald and C.S. Lewis, this new documentary will explore the central theme of “the true myth” with experts and scholars weighing in from various perspectives. The show plans to follow in the traditions of both the acclaimed programs, “The Magic Never Ends” and the PBS special “The Question of God.”

2. Important new books:

* The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume 3: Narnia, Cambridge, and Joy, 1950-1963
Edited by Walter Hooper
HarperSanFrancisco, 2007

The final installment of the three-volume collected letters of C. S. Lewis, this volume contains the letters Lewis wrote during the last part of his life, spanning his time at Cambridge, his brilliant creation of the land of Narnia and the children’s series that followed, and his struggle with his wife Joy’s serious illness and death. Editor and friend Walter Hooper calls him “one of the last great letter-writers” — the last of a generation who did not lift a telephone receiver when he had something to say or tap out e-mails on a computer keyboard. Some of the recipients richly merited his ink: the detective novelist, theologian and Dante translator Dorothy Sayers; St. Giovanni Calabria of Verona (correspondence in Latin); T.S. Eliot; the sci-fi maestro Arthur C. Clarke; and the American writer Robert Penn Warren. In these letters, Lewis swaps quips in Latin and Greek and quotes Spenser, Statius, Beowulf, Horace, Wordsworth, Terence and Augustus. Other letters were from cranks, whiners and down-and-out charity cases; he answered them all.

* The Company They Keep: C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien as Writers in Community
By Diana Glyer (Professor of English, Azusa Pacific University)
Kent State University Press, 2007

The creators of Narnia and Middle Earth, C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien were close friends and professional colleagues. They met frequently with a community of fellow Christian writers at Oxford in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, all sharing their works-in-progress. The group became known as the Inklings. Diana Glyer invites readers into the heart of the group, examining diary entries, personal letters and manuscripts.

* C.S. Lewis: Life, Works, and Legacy (4 volumes)
Edited by Bruce L. Edwards (Professor and Associate Dean, Bowling Green State University)
Praeger Publishers, 2007

This splendid, four-volume reference set on the life and works of C. S. Lewis includes such contributors as Devin Brown, Wayne Martindale, Victor Reppert, Lyle Dorsett, Perry Bramlett, Diana Glyer, Marjorie Lamp Mead, Colin Duriez, and many other Lewis scholars.

3. Next meetings of the C.S. Lewis Society’s Bay Area Book Club:

Book for Discussion:

PERELANDRA, by C.S. Lewis (from his acclaimed Space Trilogy)

“Mr. Lewis has a genius for making his fantasies livable.”
–NEW YORK TIMES

“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

“If wit and wisdom, style and scholarship are requisites to passage through the pearly gates, Mr. Lewis will be among the angels.”
–NEW YORKER

“Writing of the highest order. PERELANDRA is, from all standpoints, far superior to other tales of interplanetary adventures.”
–COMMONWEAL

Meeting moderator/leader: Tom Price
Wednesday, May 30th, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 13th, 7:30 p.m.

The second in C.S. Lewis’s acclaimed Space Trilogy, which includes Out of the Silent Planet and That Hideous Strength, PERELANDRA continues the adventures of the extraordinary Dr. Elwin Ransom as he journeys to a new world, Perelandra, and meets a human native, a glamorously beautiful woman who is the equivalent of Eve. The book is a a truly magical tale, completely unique in the science fiction genre. Pitted against the greatest of human weaknesses, temptation, Ransom must battle for good on Perelandra when it is invaded by pure evil. Will Perelandra succumb or will it throw off the yoke of corruption and achieve a spiritual perfection as yet unknown to man? The outcome of Dr. Ransom’s mighty struggle will alone determine its fate.

The meetings will be held at:

11990 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94619
510-482-2906 phone
wine, soft drinks and other refreshments served

Here also are articles that discuss PERELANDRA:

“PERELANDRA,” Wikipedia

“PERELANDRA, by C.S. Lewis,” reviewed by Peter Schakel, The Literary Encyclopedia

“C. S. Lewis: Science and Scientism,” by Henry F. Schaefer III

PERELANDRA is available in paperback and on CD.

Here also is the schedule of future Lewis Society book club meetings:

http://www.lewissociety.org/bookclub.php

Here also is information on C.S. Lewis:

http://www.lewissociety.org/aboutlewis.php

We hope that you and/or others you know will be joining with us! (Please feel free to forward this update to others.)

4. Other Upcoming Events:

http://www.lewissociety.org/events.php

Dorothy L. Sayers Society Annual Convention
Sponsored by the Marion E. Wade Center
Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
June 13-17, 2007

http://www.wheaton.edu/wadecenter/news/news.html

The 26th Annual Chesterton Conference: “The Man Who Was Today”
Sponsored by the American Chesterton Society
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
June 14-16, 2007

http://www.chesterton.org/rediscover/conference.html

“Opposition Is True Friendship: Love, Friendship and Philosophy in C.S. Lewis’s World”
Sponsored by the Southern California C.S. Lewis Society
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Monrovia, CA
June 16, 2007

C.S. Lewis Summer Conference: “Finding the Way: C.S. Lewis as Pilgrim Guide in an Age of Pluralism”
Sponsored by the C.S. Lewis Foundation
San Diego, CA
June 28-July 1, 2007

http://www.cslewis.org/programs/sumconference/2007/index.html

The 38th Annual Mythopoeic Conference (Mythcon XXXVIII), “Becoming Adept: The Journey to Mastery”
Sponsored by the Mythopoeic Society
University of California, Berkeley, CA
August 3-6, 2007

http://www.mythsoc.org/mythcon38.html

“The Crisis of the University: Freedom, Tolerance and the Pursuit of Truth”
Sponsored by the C.S. Lewis Foundation
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
October 5-6, 2007

http://www.cslewis.org/programs/ff/2007/index.html

“C.S. Lewis: Man and His Work: A 21st Century Legacy”
Sponsored by L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture
Southeastern College at Wake Forest, Wake Forest, NC
October 26-27, 2007

http://www.sebts.edu/CSLewis/