Wednesday, May 25, 2016

#796




Tuesday night was Federal Workforce Night at the Nationals game.  I am a government contractor, so I was able to take advantage of the ticket discount.  Much to my surprise I was able to hear (seeing from the upper deck is another story) Dr. Francis Collins sing the national anthem.  For the Lewis aficionado Francis Collins should have some resonance as one who found in Lewis a worthy guide in his search for truth. 


Links of Interest:
PBS Interview for The Question of God
An article in Salon
And there are many more, just search the internet if you are interested.


And his book is still in print: The Language of God - I still have my signed copy from a lecture I attended at the National Cathedral during the book tour (2007 or so), but I am ashamed to say I have yet to read the second half (the science half) of the book.


In 2008 he spoke at Oxbridge (C.S. Lewis Foundation event) and led us in worship, at least once, with his guitar - so Francis Collins may hold the title for the individual performer/band I have seen most since 2008 - with 2 appearances.


And the Nationals Won!

Monday, May 23, 2016

#795



The last post is Lewis and I agree with the sentiment.  When we discussed this book last week that passage became a point of disagreement (I know, disagreeing with Lewis at a CS Lewis Society Meeting!)  Later in the chapter Lewis does provide some hope and for those who experience more of God on this earth than others, Lewis acknowledges this as well in the last sentence:

Meanwhile of course we are merely, as Donne says, tuning our instruments.  The tuning up of the orchestra can be itself delightful, but only to those who can in some measure, however little, anticipate the symphony.  The Jewish sacrifices, and even our most sacred rites, as they actually occur in human experience, are, like the tuning, promise, not performance.  Hence, like the tuning, they may have in them much duty and little delight; or none.  But the duty exists for the delight.  When we carry out our “religious duties” we are like people digging channels in a waterless land, in order that when at last the water comes, it may find them ready.  I mean, for the most part.  There are happy moments, even now, when a trickle creeps along the dry beds; and happy souls to whom this happens often.

Reflections on the Psalms, Chapter 9, 3rd paragraph from the end.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

#794


Today is Sunday and many of you probably went to church to worship God.  How would you rate your experience today?  Lewis thinks it was probably a failure, see below:

If it were possible for a created soul fully (I mean, up to the full measure conceivable in a finite being) to “appreciate”, that is to love and delight in, the worthiest object of all, and simultaneously at every moment to give this delight perfect expression. then that soul would be in supreme beautitude.  It is along these lines that I find it easiest to understand the Christian doctrine that “Heaven” is a state in which angels now, and men hereafter, are perpetually employed in praising God.  This does not mean, as it can so dismally suggest, that it is like “being in Church”.  For our “services” both in their conduct and in our power to participate, are merely attempts at worship; never fully successful, often 99.9 per cent failures, sometimes total failures.

Found within the 4th paragraph from the end of chapter 9 in Reflections on the Psalms

The church pictured above is where Lewis went to church - Holy Trinity Church at Headington Quarry.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

#792


I almost forgot to post this.  From the same people who brought to the stage The Screwtape Letters and The Great Divorce and most recently C.S. Lewis: The Most Reluctant Convert, an original work titled Martin Luther on Trial.   See their website for more information about the play and tickets.  Thursday - Sunday is your last opportunity to see the play in DC.

Send me an email and I can send you a discount code for your tickets.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

#791


We are finished for the 2015 - 2016 year.  2016 marks our 10th year as an organization, so we will be having a Summer Social to mark this milestone.  On Saturday, August 13th we will get together for some Lewis, food, and time together to celebrate.  More information to come.

Have a great Summer!

Monday, May 16, 2016

#790


May meeting is today at 6:16pm, meeting in the Conference Room at the Library.  We will be discussing Reflections on the Psalms.