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February 24 – “Cosmic Order in the Fiction of C. S. Lewis,” with Dr. Steven Boyer
This presentation will explore the cosmic structure of Lewis’s many fictional worlds, in order to inquire into the cosmic structure of our own world.
Dr. Boyer is a university professor by trade, a Christian theologian by vocation, and a Christian by a yet deeper vocation. He has taught in the Theology program and the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University for 20 years., where he especially focuses on issues related to Christianity’s engagement with the contemporary intellectual landscape (modernism, postmodernism, religious pluralism, etc.) Having been reared in a church-going but otherwise unbelieving household, he became a Christian while in college and stumbled upon the work of C. S. Lewis shortly thereafter. Lewis quickly became, and remains, the most significant single influence (outside the Bible and, no doubt, the Holy Spirit) on his Christian understanding and imagination.
March 3 at 11:15am in MacColl Auditorium – “C. S. Lewis on Reason and Faith” by Dr. Stewart Goetz
C.S. Lewis maintained that none of us can avoid the truth that we reason, and he believed this truth implies that we are supernatural beings/souls. Lewis believed the fact that we are souls provides grounds for believing that God exists. Dr. Goetz will summarize Lewis’ treatment of reason, the soul, and belief in God. This presentation will draw heavily from Lewis’ book “Miracles.”
After reading five of Lewis’ works, Dr. Goetz was struck by how philosophical the books were. He discovered that few treated Lewis as a philosopher and concluded he would write about Lewis and give him the serious philosophical attention he deserves, with a focus on his views of reason, happiness, morality, the soul, God dying to self, and the problem of evil.
Dave Kasievich, Head of St. James’ School, will preach at 8am & 10am on Sunday, March 17, 2019 and present with Angie McCole, Head of Advancement, at our Sunday Faith Forum beginning at 11:15am (MacColl Auditorium). Our parish has had a long-standing relationship with St. James’ School over the years. This faith-based Philadelphia middle school in the Episcopal tradition is committed to educating traditionally under-resourced students in a nurturing environment. The school provides a challenging academic program and encourages the development of the moral, spiritual, intellectual, physical and creative gifts in its students. Come and learn more about our partner in God’s mission, as we strengthen “the tie that binds.”
Sunday Faith Forum – March 24 at 11:15am in MacColl Auditorium – C. S. Lewis Forum Dr. Michael Ward “What is a Christian to Make of Pain, Suffering and Grief?”
C. S. Lewis wrote two very different books about suffering: The Problem of Pain is intellectual and philosophical: A Grief Observed is personal and emotional. Together they provide a helpful way to consider this most intractable of issues. Michael Ward presents Lewis’s hard-won wisdom about how to cope with difficulty and darkness.