Thursday, March 26, 2015

#591

Artist - Keith Thompson
I did not finish The Iliad, the previous post detailed this.  Before making my decision I did skip through the remaining pages, stopping to read, seeing if anything caught my eye, nothing did.  While I had heard that The Iliad is not the place to find the "Trojan Horse" I suppose I did not really believe it.  I can now say that it is not in the book.  The Iliad ends with Hector's funeral - "And so the Trojans buried Hector breaker of horses."  C.S. Lewis, however, did have something to say about the "Trojan Horse" in his story "After Ten Years" and I will discuss this tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

#590



"Rage - Goddess, sing the rage of Peleus' son Achilles . . ."

Post #585 - Featured a summer program at the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University, this college is a "Great Books" school, and at this time I offer my "Great Books" update:

Post #287 - January 1, 2012 - I shared that I had been reading The Iliad prompted by our May 2010 meeting when we read Lewis's essay "On the Reading of Old Books" and depending on when I actually began we are closing in on FIVE years since I opened the cover.  

This post - #590, I am reporting that I am giving up.  I read over half of The Iliad and as the Greeks and Trojans were tired of war, I am tried of The Iliad.  I will admit the book gathered dust, but when I did take time to read I was simply not interested.  Maybe one day in the future I will be required to read the book and will complete it, but right now I am putting it down.  

I am not sure what Old Book I will read next, but Lewis says I should, and his advice is usually pretty good, so I will pick something up and if it is interesting enough to share, I will.

Monday, March 23, 2015

#589


The next meeting: Monday, April 27th - 6:15pm meeting in the Trust Conference Room at the library.  We will be discussing a few Lewis essays.  Send me an email and I will get the essays to you.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

#588



Our next meeting will be Monday night at 6:15pm and we will be discussing Lenten Lands by Douglas Gresham.  The meeting will be held in the Trust Conference Room at the library.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

#587



At our next meeting, Monday, March 23rd - 6:15pm at the library, we will be discussing Douglas Gresham's book Lenten Lands.  Above is a convocation speech he gave at Liberty University.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

#586


Happy Saint Patrick's Day!


Christ be with me, Christ within me
Christ behind me, Christ before me
Christ beside me, Christ to win me
Christ to comfort me and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger
Christ in hearts of all that love me
Christ in mouth of friend or stranger.

Friday, March 13, 2015

#585

Eastern University - so says Google

I received an email from a representative from the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University to see if I would promote one of their summer programs featuring the works of C.S. Lewis.  The course is called “Divorcing the Devil: C.S. Lewis’s Moral Vision” and will be held July 16-23, 2015.

From their website:

Two of the most memorable of Lewis’s short imaginative writings are The Great Divorce and The Screwtape Letters. Each book frames a moral vision of the Good, but the former invites us to look from the perspective of God or of Heaven, while the latter intentionally adopts the perspective of sinful humanity or of Hell. The result in both books is an extended consideration of perennial moral questions: What is reality like, if moral action is crucial to it?  What is it to be a free moral agent, in a world governed by a moral Lawgiver?  How are Heaven and Hell related to each other? Does God create Hell? How does moral knowledge work? What is the relationship between the Good and rational argument? How do we save our lives by losing them, or lose them by saving them? How does the work of God in the incarnation transform our vision of the Good?

This is a course in moral theology, in which students will be guided not just by Lewis’s own winsome imagination, but also by some of the writings that inspired him: Milton’s portrait of Satan in Paradise Lost; excerpts from Dante’s Inferno and Paradiso; stories of ancient heroes traveling to the underworld (Odysseus and Aeneas). The aim is a coherent Christian vision of ourselves, our world, and our responsibilities in light of the comprehensive supremacy of God in Christ.

To be young again!