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Monday, December 17, 2012

Reading List for 2013 — Pick Eleven

We're going to be charting the 2013 year at the January 10th meeting so make a copy of this list or pick eleven that you think would be the best and come and share them with us.
Reading List for 2013 : Resources to Select From Or Suggest Others

Works by Lewis
1. 'Til We Have Faces
2. God In The Dock : select four or five essays for discussion at previous meeting
3. Dymer : Lewis's long narrative poem published in 1928
4. The Horse and His Boy : from the Chronicles of Narnia
5. A Grief Observed : a book of his reflections upon the death of his wife

Work by Joy Davidman Lewis
6. Smoke on the Mountain : subtitle an interpretation of the ten commandments

Work by Inkings
7. Saving the Appearances : by Owen Barfield -- about God, human nature, and consciousness.
8. Eager Spring : late work by Owen Barfield in his 90s, fictional environmental work

Work about Inklings
9. The Inklings : by Humphrey Carpenter

Works by Influences on Lewis
10. The Prelude : by William Wordsworth
11. Sir Gibbie : by George Macdonald
12. The Life of Samuel Johnson : James Boswell
13. Theism and Humanism : Arthur J. Balfour

Works by Writers Admired by C.S. Lewis
14. Works by Anthony Trollope :  a) The Warden, b) the Autobiography, c) Barchester Towers available on Kindle for free.
15. Works by Jane Austen : The Complete Novels of Jane Austen: Emma, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park, Persuasion, and Lady Susan are available on Kindle for a total of $2.99

Works by Scholars About C.S. Lewis
16. The Magician's Twin : edited by John G. West, subtitled C.S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society a volume of 13 essays in four categories.  Pick one or two from each category at the previous meeting.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

January 10th 2013 Our Book Is: Between Heaven & Hell

We are reading "Between Heaven and Hell — A Dialog Somewhere Beyond Death with John F. Kennedy, C.S. Lewis & Aldous Huxley" and Peggy is our discussion leader. We will also be discussing the books we will be reading in 2013. I'll be sending the list suggested at the Christmas party and we can make adjustments at the meeting. If you have suggestions please bring them. Meanwhile here's what is on the back cover of Beyond Heaven & Hell.
On November 22, 1963, three great men died within a few hours of each other: C.S. Lewis, John F. Kennedy, and Aldous Huxley. All three believed, in different ways, that death is not the end of human life. Suppose they were right, and suppose they met after death. How might the conversation go?

Peter Kreeft imagines their discourse as a modern Socratic dialog — a part of The Great Conversation that has been going on for centuries. Does human life have meaning? Is it possible to know about life after death? What if one could prove that Jesus Christ was God?

Combining logical argument and literary imagination, Kreeft portrays Lewis as a Christian theist, Kennedy as a modern humanist, and Huxley as an Eastern pantheist. Their interaction involves not only good thinking but good drama.

The December Party

December 14th was the December Christmas Party hosted by Elizabeth Fiero. The folks attending had a great time and generated a list of possibilities for the New Year. Our next meeting will be January 10, 2013: "Between Heaven and Hell: A Dialog Somewhere Beyond Death with John F. Kennedy, C. S. Lewis & Aldous Huxley" by Peter Kreeft with Peggy leading.