Thursday, October 27, 2016


Some believe the slumber
Of trees is in December
When timber's naked under sky
And squirrel keeps his chamber.

But I believe their fibres
Awake to life and labour
When turbulence comes roaring up
The land in loud October,

And plunders, strips, and sunders
And sends the leaves to wander
And undisguises prickly shapes
Beneath the golden splendour.

Then form returns. In warmer,
Seductive days, disarming
Its firmer will, the wood grew soft
And put forth dreams to murmur.

Into earnest winter
With spirit alert it enters;
The hunter wind and the hound frost
Have quelled the green enchanter.

A poem by C.S. Lewis as found in Poems edited by Walter Hooper
1st published in The Spectator, Dec 9, 1938, original title "Experiment"

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


Our next meeting will be held Monday, November 28th - 6:15pm.  We will be meeting in the Trust Conference Room at the C. Burr Artz Library.  We will be discussing On the Incarnation by St. Athanasius with an Introduction by C.S. Lewis.

Friday, October 21, 2016


Last Minute October Meeting Announcement

We will me meeting Monday, October 24th - 6:15pm in the Conference Room at the Library.  We will be discussing The Letters of C.S. Lewis.  It is never too late - send me an email and I will get the material to you.

Monday, October 17, 2016


I meant to post this last week.  Still time to see it!


We will be discussing this lecture next Monday - 10/24

Tuesday, October 11, 2016


One more Columbus Day Post!

In Pilgrim's Regress Lewis has the character Mr. Enlightenment conversing with John:

  'Your people in Puritania believe in the Landlord because they have not had the benefits of a scientific training.  For example, I dare say it would be news to you to hear that the earth was round - round as an orange, my lad!'
  'Well, I don't know that it would,' said John, feeling a little disappointed.  'My father always said it was round.'
  'No, no, my dear boy,' said Mr. Enlightenment, 'you must have misunderstood him.  It is well known that everyone in Puritania thinks the earth flat.  It is not likely that I should be mistaken on such a point.  Indeed, it is out of the question.'

Monday, October 10, 2016


Happy Columbus Day! (Some of the links are from last year, when I started writing this but failed to post it)
As we celebrate Columbus Day - Do we really do any celebrating?, Questions arise concerning the day:  Questions concerning the appropriateness of such a day.  Questions concerning what exactly Columbus did and did not do.  And with such questions come presumptions.  The Washington Post, in Sunday's Five Myths section, tackled the "Five myths about Christopher Columbus".  The myth that I am interested in is the first, that Columbus proved the "flat Earth" theory wrong.  C.S. Lewis brings this point up in a few essays.  The myth has many forms and in my reading experience Lewis was the first one to mention that it might just be false.  My scientific education was developed in public schools and in truth I was never really attentive, so maybe the teacher did correct the popular error. Yet in my mind those living before the Age of the Explorers, of course, believed the world to be flat.  One of the great things about the explorers was the courage to sail into the horizon and risk falling off the edge of the earth.  

In The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature C.S. Lewis states:

"Physically considered, the Earth is a globe; all the authors of the high Middle Ages are agreed on this.  In the earlier 'Dark' Ages, as indeed in the nineteenth century, we can find Flat-earthers ... The implications of a spherical Earth were fully grasped ... The erroneous notion that the medievals were Flat-earther was common enough till recently."  p. 140-142

This is the benefit of reading C.S. Lewis.  Unless you are searching out this particular fact you probably just go about life assuming such things.  I did.  Yet you find yourself reading Lewis and he matter-of-factly says that of course people did not believe in a flat earth and then provides some primary sources.  You turn to Lewis, usually to bolster your faith, and you get a bit more. 

Happy Columbus Day!