In his book, Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis wrote, “The great thing to remember is that, though our feelings come and go, [God’s] love for us does not.” C.S. Lewis, who described himself to a fan as “tall, fat, rather bald, red-faced, double-chinned, black-haired,” was known for his views on Christianity and for the subtle references to it in classic genre books like the Chronicles of Narnia.
Interested by what he calls Lewis’ “reasoned approach to faith,” Rev. Marek Zabriskie is taking the congregation at St. Thomas’ Whitemarsh with him on a year-long journey into Lewis’ faith through a series of books, lectures, one-man plays and sermons dedicated to the popular author.
“In one my first years [at St. Thomas] I had a C.S. Lewis reading group,” said Zabriskie. “Lewis is a real defender of the faith and one who can, in a reasoned way, express the major tenets of Christianity. This program will serve as a vehicle to reflect on our own Christian journey.”
The C.S. Lewis Initiative at St. Thomas will center on several of Lewis’ books including The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer, and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. In the fall, the church will host speakers from all around the country, culminating in a C.S. Lewis weekend festival in March of next year with Michael Ward, the world’s leading scholar on Lewis. The year-long program is being funded by an anonymous donor and Lewis fan.
“We are hoping to reach people who don’t currently go to church, engaging them through their interest in Lewis and his writings.” The Initiative begins on June 10, focused on The Screwtape Letters. To get involved visit http://stthomaswhitemarsh.org/.