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Out of the Silent Planet Book Group

Monday evenings, May 1-22, 7-8pm

The Marion E. Wade Center will host a book discussion group on C.S. Lewis's novel Out of the Silent Planet on Monday evenings in May, 7-8pm in the Wade Center's classroom. The series runs May 1st through May 22nd, 2017.

Although perhaps best known for his children’s stories, The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis first began writing fantasy with novels about outer space. Out of the Silent Planet, published in 1938 and the first science fiction book in Lewis’s Space Trilogy, concerns a voyage to Mars. In looking at Lewis’s book, we will consider such questions as: What does humanity’s plight look like from the perspective of other spheres and worlds? Does God’s salvation extend to the stars… and do they need it? Why do our voices of inquiry lie “silent” to the great sea of space? Jay Moses, pastor of Hope Presbyterian Church in Wheaton, will lead the discussion.

These evening discussions are free and open to the public. Advance registration is appreciated but not required. For more information, or to register, contact the Wade Center at 630.752.5908 or wade@wheaton.edu

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Reading at the Wade

Saturday mornings, January 7 - April 8, 10-11 am

C. S. Lewis.  That Hideous Strength.  Collier Books.  Macmillan

George MacDonald.  The Complete Fairy Tales.  Penguin Classics

G. K. Chesterton.  The Everlasting Man.   Ignatius.      

That Hideous Strength is an imaginative rendition of the warnings issued in The Abolition of Man.  We are confronted with a frighteningly prophetic picture of the possible annihilation of all that makes life worth living when “scientists” forsake traditional values and pursue their megalomaniac ambitions.  Poised against this dark vision is the story of the salvation of the two main characters.  As Tom Howard remarks, Lewis gives us in this final novel of the space trilogy,  “as excellent a condensing of his thought as could be asked for.”   

In writing his many fairy tales, George MacDonald appeals to the minds of adults as well as of children.  He uses the literary conventions of traditional fairy tales and invests them with his inimitable brand of humor, paradox, and irony to entertain and instruct all reader’s, whether 7 years of age, or 70.

In The Everlasting Man G. K. Chesterton is responding to G. K. Wells’s contention in the Outline of History that history is the result of natural selection and an evolutionary process.  Chesterton does not claim to be an historian or a theologian, but simply insists that there are some very simple and obvious facts that both professional historians and scientists tend to overlook.  He contends that these simple realities show history as the story of the preparation for, and the advent of, the Divine Creator into his world.  Chesterton’s thinking is a refreshing and provocative response to many of the secular assumptions of our day.

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Audio recordings of the Wade Center's Saturday morning reading group discussions are free and available for download.

Reading groups are free and open to anyone who would like to participate, but sign-up is required due to space considerations. For questions or more information, contact the Wade Center front desk at 630-752-5908 or at wade@wheaton.edu.

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