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Friday, April 24, 2015

May 14th Our Theme Is: Share Your Favorite Essay From "God In The Dock"

There are almost forty essays in God In The Dock and they're all first rate. So it might be an adventure just picking the one you'd like to share on. Our meeting is a theme meeting so we don't really have a discussion leader. Just come planning to chat for five or ten minutes about your favorite essay from this great collection. A little discussion might reasonably follow. What made you pick that particular essay? What did you really like about it? Is there anything you wish Lewis had handled a little differently?  Below is our schedule for the rest of the year.

May 14: Theme: Your favorite essay from God In The Dock (pick one and give us 5-10 minutes on why it is your favorite)
June 11: Theme:  What drew you to C.S. Lewis? (share for 5-10 minutes)
July 9: Theme:  What is your favorite book from the Chronicles of Narnia (share for 5-10 minutes)
August 13: Theme: C.S. Lewis on Free Will (any Lewis source: share 5-10 minutes)
September 10: Stephen will be our discussion leader for Surprised by Joy
October 8: Theme: C.S. Lewis on Education (any Lewis source: share 5-10 minutes)
November 12: Theme: the essay On the Reading of Old Books the introduction C.S. Lewis wrote to Sr. Penelope's translation of Athanasius: On the Incarnation available on the internet in its entirety at  The introduction is five pages long.  Come and share on either the introduction or Sr. Penelope's translation (5-10 min. or so)
December TBD: Christmas Planning Party: Stephen has volunteered to host again. How wonderful is that?  I don't see how he can outdo himself, but I'm up to see him try.

Monday, April 6, 2015

April 9th "When I Was A Child I Read Books" Led By Peggy

CS Lewis Society meeting, April 9, 2015    Leader Peggy Printz
Discussion on When I Was a Child I Read Books  by Marilynne Robinson
Intro:  This book was first mentioned last year in the context of discussing one of Lewis’ essays.  An attendee was reading this book of essays and commented that they seemed as if they could have been written by Lewis.  Having read and loved her fiction, I was happy to suggest this book for our group. My assumption that she had been influenced by Lewis has not been confirmed, but it is clear that both have been deeply influenced by the same sources (classical literature and the Bible) and they have had many similar passions and interests.
Marilynne Robinson grew up in Idaho, where she “looked to Galilee for meaning and to Spokane for orthodonture.”  She now lives in Iowa and teaches as the renowned Iowa writer’s workshop.  She has been writer-in-residence, visiting professor, and/or speaker at numerous schools including the University of Kent, Yale, Amherst and Oxford.  She has received many awards including the Pulitzer Prize for Gilead and the Orange Prize for Fiction (a British award) for Home.  
In these essays, Robinson champions Christianity, the Old Testament, Moses, old American hymns, Charles Finney, Jonathan Edwards, John Calvin, liberal education, and real science (that which keeps an open mind, a sense of wonder and a sense of mystery.)  She takes on Richard Dawkins and other of the “new atheists” , the current polarized and charged political and social climate in America, “tight-fisted Christians”, the continued dumbing-down of American education that focuses on preparing drones for the work force at the expense of the kind of liberal education that helped guide our founding fathers.
1.      Obviously, Marilynne Robinson has many strongly held opinions.  Which of her arguments are most  persuasive?  least persuasive?  Are some you  thought-provoking but not persuasive?
2.      Do you have a favorite essay in this collection?  A favorite quote?  Least favorite essay?
3.      Can you imagine a conversation between Robinson and Lewis and/or any of the other Inklings?
4.      Robinson has said that Christianity’s noisiest critics have not done their homework.  What do you think she means by this?
5.      If you also read any of Robinson’s fiction, how do they compare?  (stylistically, thematically, etc.)
Note:  if you have not yet acquired the book, the second chapter can be read on-line at  also an interview at that link.