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Join me at Concordia: “'Inside Language': C. S. Lewis and The Bible in the 21st Century"

March 25th, 2010 | Skip to comments

For any of my Texas readers, let me invite you to join me at Concordia University, Austin, TX, April 15, 2010, 11:30 AM, for their Annual C. S. Lewis lecture.

I will speaking on the topic, “‘Inside Language’: C. S. Lewis and The Bible in the 21st Century,” hosted by Concordia Professor and C. S. Lewis scholar, Dr. Joel Heck.

My talk is a meditation on what it means for Jack to say:

“It is Christ himself, not the Bible, who is the true word of God. The Bible, read in the spirit and with the guidance of good teachers, will bring us to Him.” —C. S. Lewis, Letters of C. S. Lewis (8 November 1952), p. 247.

Lewis is one of those “good teachers,” whose commitment to apostolic doctrine and submersion in Christian tradition spared him from the twin excesses of fundamentalism and liberalism in his times, and continue to guard us from stumbling into them in our own. Jack, like Tolkien, “had been ‘inside language,’” understanding the complex relationships among word, image, metaphor, and myth, and how, as creatures made in God’s image, we are enjoined to make meaning: inside and outside of Scripture. The Bible’s purpose in our century and throughout those millennia preceding it is to “bring us to Him.”

One of my goals is to try to elucidate Lewis’s “reception and use” of Scripture, and how he can guide us in the wise reading of its authority and central purpose in our lives in the 21st Century.

My talk is built upon research and reflection I did as one of several collaborators on The C.S. Lewis Bible, to be published this November by Harper One. According to Harper’s marketing materials, “this NRSV Bible provides readings comprised of selections from Lewis’s celebrated spiritual classics, a collection that includes Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, The Problem of Pain, Miracles, A Grief Observed, The Weight of Glory and The Abolition of Man, as well as letters, poetry, and Lewis’s less-familiar works.

“Each reading, paired alongside relevant passages in the Bible, offers C.S. Lewis as a companion to a reader’s daily meditation of scripture. As people engage in their devotional Bible reading, they will also gain insight from his writings and spiritual journey as they invite Lewis into their spiritual discipline. The notes contain over 600 selections from C.S. Lewis for contemplation and devotional reading.”

It includes an introductory preface by Dr. Jerry Root of Wheaton College, Illinois.


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