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Saturday, September 14, 2013

October 10th We Will Be Discussing God in the Dock

Melissa will be Skyping in as our discussion leader for essays from God In The Dock.  The list of essays is given below and you're encouraged to read all the essays in the book but we'll be focusing in on six:
  • Religion and Science
  • Work and Prayer
  • On the Reading of Old Books
  • Meditation in a Toolshed
  • God in the Dock
  • We have No 'Right to Happiness'

Below is a list of all the essays in the book.  If you are excited about ideas from one or more of the essays, make a few notes and come and share your excitement with the group.

God In The Dock GITD (List of Essays)
Part I
1. Evil and God
2. Miracles
3. Dogma and the Universe
4. Answers to Questions on Christianity
5. Myth Becomes Fact
6. 'Horrid Red Things'
7. Religion and Science
8. The Laws of Nature
9. The Grand Miracle
10. Christian Apologetics
11. Work and Prayer
12. Man or Rabbit?
13. On the Transmission of Christianity
14. 'Miserable Offenders'
15. The Founding of the Oxford Socratic Club
16. Religion without Dogma?
17. Some Thoughts
18. 'The Trouble with "X" ...'
19. What Are We to Make of Jesus Christ?
20. The Pains of Animals
21. Is Theism Important?
22. Rejoinder to Dr. Pittenger
23. Must Our Image of God Go?
Part II
1. Dangers of National Repentance
2. Two Ways with the Self
3. Meditation on the Third Commandment
4. On the Reading of Old Books
5. Two Lectures
6. Meditation in a Toolshed
7. Scraps
8. The Decline of Religion
9. Vivisection
10. Modern Translations of the Bible
11. Priestesses in the Church?
12. God in the Dock
13. Behind the Scenes
14. Revival or Decay?
15. Before We Can Communicate
16. Cross Examination
Part III
1. 'Bulverism'
2. First and Second Things
3. The Sermon and the Lunch
4. The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment
5. Xmas and Christmas
6. What Christmas Means to Me
7. Delinquents in the Snow
8. Is Progress Possible?
9. We have No 'Right to Happiness'
Part IV


October 10th Selected Essays from God In The Dock by C.S. Lewis led by Melissa
November 8th The Literary Impact of the Authorized Version an essay by C.S. Lewis (17 pages) led by Iain 
December 12th or thereabouts The Annual C.S. Lewis Society Christmas Party where we bring a snack to share and discuss the plans for the coming year 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Prepping For "The Magician's Twin" Two Videos

"The Magician's Twin" is our book for September and our meeting this Thursday, September 12th at the Harrisonburg Barnes and Noble from 7:30 p.m. to about 9:00 p.m.  If you have not read the book try the videos below for the flavor and some of the content.

If you want to just jump into this 31 minute video it starts with the material in the earlier video.

The book The Abolition of Man which Lewis wrote that focuses on the problem of scientism was originally a series of three lectures delivered at the University of Durham in February 1943.  It is a powerful book that makes the case that we are faced with a phenomenon that will empty our society of moral integrity and replace it with manipulation by people claiming to take a scientific approach to designing society, the tyranny of The Conditioners.

Later the third volume of his Space Trilogy, That Hideous Strength, he gave us a fictionalized view of the same thing.

Here's another video that focuses on C.S. Lewis's view of scientism and a dogmatic view of evolution which is treated often not as a scientific theory but as a dogmatic dictum. C.S. Lewis was fine with the science but not with scientism.

Come join us and discuss this fascinating and prescient idea.