According to the Anglican lectionary, the Episcopal Church in the US celebrates on 22 December the life of the blessed CS Lewis (see HERE).
Here is an Anglican prayer for this special day:
O God of searing truth and surpassing beauty, we give you thanks for Clive Staples Lewis whose sanctified imagination lights fires of faith in young and old alike; Surprise us also with your joy and draw us into that new and abundant life which is ours in Christ Jesus, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Clive Staples Lewis (“Jack” Lewis to his friends) was a tutor and lecturer at Oxford University, and later Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English Literature at Cambridge University. In the judgment of many, he is the most popular and most effective explainer and defender of the Christian faith writing in English in this century. He tried to make a point of avoiding disputes on matters where Christians disagree, and defending those beliefs which they hold in common. His work was valued by many Christians of widely differing backgrounds: Anglican, Baptist, Methodist, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, etc. (Source, HERE)
Essay also known as “We Have No Unlimited ‘Right to Happiness'”. This title was shortened further, somewhat inaccurately, by the Evening Post. A live animation of a C.S. Lewis essay in the artistic style of my desk lamp. Is that wrong? Written to a secular audience in 1963. I
‘The Abolition of Man’, a series of three lectures that were published, has been rated as one of top ten non-fiction books of the 20th century, and is a booklet really. (It’s only three chapters long or two hour’s read).
Avancronica unui eveniment academic şi cultural major, care se va derula în Iaşi abia peste jumătate de an (…): acordarea domnului Andrei Pleşu, din partea celei mai bătrâne instituţii de învăţământ superior din România, a titlului de doctor honoris causa.
Domnul profesor Codrin Cutitaru anunta in Ziarul de Iasi unul dintre cele mai importante evenimente cullturale ale urbei iesene in toamna anului 2016: adordarea titlului de doctor honoris causa domnului Andrei Plesu de catre Universitatea ‘Al. I. Cuza’, eveniment care va prefata a treia editie a simpozionului CS Lewis organizat de aceeasi universitate, la initiativa doamnei profesoare Denise Vasiliu.
Citez in incheiere ceva despre asteptarile autorului acestui articol, care sunt, de fapt, si ale noastre: ‘Anticipez un eveniment cu mare impact academic, la care, alături de invitatul principal, vor contribui personalităţile universitare din comisia de laudatio (preşedinte – profesorul Alexandru Călinescu) şi un număr important de universitari de la Oxford şi Cambridge, înscrişi cu lucrări la amintitul simpozion.’
I warmly invite you to the next Lewis symposium we organize at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi:
The Third Interdisciplinary Symposium devoted to the life and work of C. S Lewis, C. S. Lewis and Kindred Spirits, Iasi, 17-19 November 2016
This continues the series of events devoted to the celebrated Oxonian writer and scholar and is open to both specialists and lay persons who are interested in, and fascinated by, the Oxford Don’s legacy and influential presence within current culture. We invite papers that explore Lewis’s growth in relation to predecessors and contemporaries, as well as papers who identify “kindred spirits” among subsequent generations of writers and thinkers.
We are also pleased to have Mr. Owen Barfield Jr. as one of the special guests for this edition.
Hoping that you will be willing and able to join,
I look forward to your response.
With best wishes,
Note: Unfortunately, Mr. Andrei Plesu will not be able to participate in our event, and the Doctor honoris causa ceremony was postponed for some time in the Spring of 2017.
Some harsh words written by Lewis about Barth and his followers. I quote: ‘They don’t think human reason or human conscience of any value at all: they maintain, as stoutly as Calvin, that there’s no reason why God’s dealings should appear just (let alone, merciful) to us: and they maintain the doctrine that all our righteousness is filthy rags with a fierceness and sincerity which is like a blow in the face.’
It seems to me Lewis is right on this account, which, of course, does not make Barth, with all his weaknesses, less important as a theologian.
The main papers presented in the two CS Lewis symposia that took place at Iasi University, in 2013 and 2014, have nust been published in the Volume 5, Issue 2, 2014 of the Linguaculture journal, a peer reviewed academic publication of the Linguaculture Centre for (Inter)cultural and (Inter)lingual Research at the Iasi University. You may download HERE the papers published in the current issue of this journal.
There are some very good article published there. I highly recommend it to you, if you are interested in CS Lewis.
As I have already well started the journey of facing the challenges of this new year I cannot think almost every day of the necessity of writing some thoughts (it has taken long enough to let them settling down!) regarding the second edition of the C. S. Lewis Symposium that took place in November, at the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi.
My heart is full of gratitude, first of all, that through this ministry, the Lord has brought in my life so many wonderful people and the mere fact that I am connected in so many ways with you is amazing! Thank you for all the encouragement and support, for caring, praying and helping in any way. It is a blessing that transcends all my desires and imagination! The words are weak and fail as always when we tend to speak about God’s grace.
This time the symposium was a harder battle, hard enough to let me, after many months of working hard, knocked down for a while! But, it ended up in being a great event, much appreciated by the professors and students from the University and by all the other participants.
I will just remind you that because I am in a PhD program on C. S. Lewis in The English Department of The University of Iasi I was granted the privilege to organize a Symposium in 2013, with the occasion of the 50th anniversary of C. S. Lewis’s death. Through God’s blessing, the event was so successful that the English Department decided to have a second edition, which took place in November, last year. In addition, an entire issue of the Lingua Culturejournal, was devoted to C. S. Lewis. Continue reading “Report of the 2nd CS Lewis Symposium, Iasi University, 6-7 Nov 2014”
“Ai auzit? Părintele Longenecker susţine şedinţe de spiritism şi comunicarea cu morţii!” Aşa s-ar putea deduce din titlul acestui articol: “Comunicarea cu C.S. Lewis”. Chiar invit eu oare la o scenă cu o cameră întunecată în care se fac incantaţii pentru invocarea spiritului unui faimos cărturar de la Oxford? Nu. Acest articol nu are de-a face cu spiritismul, ci cu sfatul pe care C.S. Lewis ni-l dă despre cum să comunicăm Evanghelia omului de pe stradă. Ambiguitatea din titlu indică în cele din urmă dificultăţile comunicării. Era noastră modernă are mai multe canale de comunicaţii decât oricând în istorie, dar aceasta înseamnă că spaţiul de neînţelegeri şi de confuzii a crescut de asemenea.
Este dificil să comunici eficient în general, iar să comunici credinţa catolică în special, fiind o sarcină complexă nu doar datorită naturii vaste şi complexe a credinţei, ci şi datorită naturii vaste şi complexe a presupunerilor oamenilor despre lume, religie şi catolicism. Dificultăţile şi complexitatea nu fac însă decât mai necesar să abordăm această problemă. Continue reading “Dwight Longenecker – Comunicarea cu C.S. Lewis”
A doua zi a simpozionului CS Lewis a avut loc in Sala Ferdinand a universitatii, mai adecvata unei reuniuni stiintifice cu o participare totusi relativ redusa pentru dimensiunile aulei. (Vezi AICI prezentarea primei zile a simpozionului.)
Domnul asistent dr. Mircea Paduraru de la facultatea de filologie a universitatii iesene a deschis sesiunea de dimineata cu tema ‘CS Lewis si diavolul. Despre strategia determinarii indeterminabilului’, bazata, desigur, pe o analiza a cartii lui Lewis The Screwtape Letters. Domnul Paduraru a scris o teza de doctorat foarte apreciata (si premiata, atunci cind a aparut in volum) pe tema ‘Diavolul in literatura populara romaneasca’. De aceea alegerea acestei teme n-a surprins pe nimeni. Continue reading “Simpozionul C. S. Lewis de la Iasi – Fotoreportaj – ziua a doua”
Here is a short presentation of conformed speakers at the CS Lewis Symposium at Iasi University, 7-8 Nov 2013:
Confirmed Speakers (Alphabetical order):
Dr. Rodica Albu, Professor of English language and linguistics at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași, editor and co-author of the volume Inklings. Litera și spiritul (Inklings. The Letter and the Spirit), (2004) and the first translator of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe into Romanian (1993).
Prof. Dr. Otniel Bunaciu, Dean, the School of Baptist Theology, University of Bucharest, National Director TCMII, Heiligenkreuz, NO, Austria
Dr. Emanuel Conțac, Doctor in Philology, Lecturer at the Pentecostal Theological Institute, Bucharest, translator of the Works of C.S. Lewis: Surprised by Joy (2008, 2011), Fernseed and Elephants and other Essays on Christianity (2011), Meditations on the Psalms (in Press). Continue reading “CS Lewis Symposium Speakers”
Here are a few details on the symposium, from the website of the event:
C.S. Lewis – The Romantic Rationalist
November 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of C.S. Lewis’s death (1898-1963)
The talented British writer and respected scholar and teacher at Oxford University for 29 years and then a professor of Mediaeval and Renaissance literature at Cambridge University, C.S. Lewis is one of the twentieth-century greatest literary figures who opened doors to new worlds of ideas, fantastic discoveries and insights of human experience and enduring questions of human meaning. Covering a wide spectrum of topics, he wrote prolifically in many genres: novels, poetry, fantasy, science fiction, essays, letters, literary history and criticism, and apologetics. Continue reading “CS Lewis Symposium Presentation”
“I wish your project heartily well,” wrote C.S. Lewis to Christianity Today, “but can’t write you articles.” Carl F.H. Henry, founding editor of the magazine, had invited Lewis in 1955 to contribute to the magazine’s first issue. Lewis declined. Henry, was not, as the saying goes, “A day late and a dollar short.” He was over a decade late, and no dollar amount would have mattered as Lewis gave the lion’s share of his royalties to charity.
There was a time when Lewis would have said yes: when Nazi soldiers marched into Poland and threatened the stability of the world. Adolph Hitler’s influence on C.S. Lewis’ apologetics is an irrefutable fact. The Führer’s evil campaign paved the way for the clear speaking Lewis to engage listeners through the British Broadcast Service. Even as bombs fell over London, Lewis’ baritone voice could be heard on radios across Europe. His evangelistic approach was tailor-made for men at war.
Thus, Mere Christianity was born in the fullness of time. This classic work, though published in 1952, was taken from the transcripts of his broadcasts from the early 1940s. By the time the book was available in print, Lewis was already changing his approach. As Solomon said, “There is a time for war and a time for peace.” Lewis modified his methods for both. Continue reading “Dan DeWitt – Why C.S. Lewis Didn’t Write for Christianity Today”
Sixty years ago, London publisher Geoffrey Bles first released a revision of three sets of radio talks by an Oxford literature don. The book was called Mere Christianity, and there was nothing “mere” about it. A somewhat disjointed set of C. S. Lewis’s views on a wide range of theological, philosophical, and ethical matters, the book became the most important and effective defense of the Christian faith in its century.
As Mere Christianity (henceforth “MC”) goes into its seventh decade of publishing success, rivaled still by no other apologetic, it’s worth taking a look at its unlikely success.
Why It Shouldn’t Have Worked
The first reason why MC should not have worked is rather basic: It doesn’t deliver what its title promises. It does not do even what John Stott’s classic Basic Christianity does—namely, outline at least the basics of evangelicalism’s understanding of the gospel. Given the title’s own promise and Lewis’s express intent of offering “mere Christianity,” we get something substantially less than that, as I think Puritan pastor Richard Baxter, from whom the phrase comes, would affirm.
Furthermore, MC offers not only less than “MC,” but also more: Lewis’s own opinions about domestic relationships, marriage, and gender; and his particular take on the vexed question of God and time (which, in my view, has powerfully perpetuated Christian Platonism and its “timeless God” among many people who have never read Plato). The danger here is the danger that resides also in C. I. Scofield’s dispensationalist notes to his famous Reference Bible. (I recognize that this is perhaps the first time anyone has claimed that Lewis and Scofield are peas in a pod, but they are both remarkable publishing successes.) The danger is that the secondary and idiosyncratic are bundled with the primary and universal, and taken in together by the trusting reader as being “simply Christian.” Continue reading “John G. Stackhouse Jr. on the ‘Mere Christianity’ Phenomenon”
God of searing truth and surpassing beauty, we give you thanks for Clive Staples Lewis, whose sanctified imagination lights fires of faith in young and old alike. Surprise us also with your joy and draw us into that new and abundant life which is ours in Christ Jesus, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. Continue reading “The Lessons Appointed for Use on the Feast of Clive Staples Lewis”
Criticii lui Alin Cristea se declara oripilati de tupeul acestuia de se confrunta public cu personalitati ale lumii evanghelice, precum Daniel Branzai si Marius Cruceru. Ca unul care-i cunoaste foarte bine pe amindoi, eu unul nu le-as plinge de mila. Nu cred ca sunt atit de neajutorati incit sa aiba nevoie a le sari in ajutor „surorile” binevoitoare. Va asigur ca sunt capabili sa se apare si singuri. Iar daca n-au facut-o, cine stie, poate ca au ei motivele lor. N-ar fi mai bine sa-i intrebati pe ei decit sa presupuneti si sa va adunati pacate in mod inutil?
Geneticianul creştin Francis Collins a fost numit la conducerea National Institute of Health, cea mai importantă agenţie federală de cercetări medicale din Statele Unite (citiţi AICI anunţul Associated Press despre această numire şi AICI articolul corelativ din Christianity Today). Preşedintele Obama l-a descris pe Collins drept “unul dintre cei mai importanţi oameni de ştiinţă din lume”.