C.S. Lewis Seminar

Join with other C.S. Lewis enthusiasts as we discuss the beloved author’s colorful approach to explaining and defending the Christian faith. The cost of the conference is $35, which includes all seminar materials, refreshments throughout the day, and lunch. College credit is available for those who are interested at an additional charge.*

Date: January 12, 2013

Location: Nashville, TN (Cool Springs)


Dr. Jonathan Rogers

Jonathan Rogers is the author of The World According to Narnia: Christian Meaning in C.S. Lewis’s Beloved Chronicles. He has also written several other works of fiction and non-fiction books, including The Wilderking Trilogy, The Charlatan’s Boy, and, most recently, The Terrible Speed of Mercy: A Spiritual Biography of Flannery O’Connor. He holds a Ph.D. in seventeenth-century British Literature from Vanderbilt University. He lives in Nashville.

Dr. John Smith

We are thrilled to have John joining our line up of speakers. His credentials are many, including by a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School and a Ph.D., also from Vanderbilt, in Synthetic and Computational Inorganic Chemistry. John is the Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Lipscomb University. Among many other academic publications, Smith delivered the essay “Legends of the Fall: C.S. Lewis’s Philosophy of the Fall as Found in His Fictional Works” at the Christian Scholars Conference held on Lipscomb’s campus in 2010.

Dr. Dan DeWitt

Dan is the dean of Boyce College, the undergraduate school of Southern Seminary. Dan earned his Ph.D from Southern Seminary. He is an avid fan of C.S. Lewis, and teaches multiple sections of his class “C.S. Lewis: His Life, Writings, and Legacy” every year for undergraduate and graduate students, and will be teaching it this summer in Oxford, England. Dan and his wife, April, live in Louisville, Kentucky with their three sons (and one more on the way). Dan blogs regularly at his website theolatte.

Marcus Gray (a.k.a. Flame)

Flame is a Grammy nominated, award winning, Christian hip hop artist. He travels the nation and the world declaring the greatness of God through creative, gospel-centered lyrics. He and his wife Crystsal live in the 314 (St. Louis) where Marcus is working diligently to catch up with his wife (who has a Ph.D.) as he works on his Master of Divinity degree from Southern Seminary. His most recent album “The 6th” offers a biblical view of anthropology and is inspired, in part, by C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters.

Kirk Kirkland

Kirk is a Nashville based songwriter and arranger, studio singer, and worship pastor. Currently, Kirk serves as the Minister of Music & Worship at Judson Baptist Church. Since earning a Master’s degree in Counseling in 2008, Kirk has also served at Judson as the Minister of Pastoral Counseling. Kirk and his wife, Julianne, have two children and call south Nashville home.

Josh Wilson

Josh is a Singer/songwriter who grew up the son of a preacher in Lubbock, Texas. He signed to Sparrow Records in 2006 and released his major label debut, Trying to Fit the Ocean in a Cup in 2008. He has since released numerous #1 hits. His music is characterized by serious theological reflection and substantive lyrics. Josh and his wife Becca now reside in Nashville, TN.


Saturday, January 12th

8:30AM     Coffee and registration
9AM          A Heretic is Born (taught by Dan DeWitt)
10AM        The True Myth  (taught by Dan DeWitt)
11AM        The Moral of the Story (taught by Jonathan Rogers)
12PM        Lunch (provided)
* Josh Wilson will perform and share during lunch.
12:50PM   God’s Megaphone (taught by Kirk Kirkland)
1:50PM     The Paradox of Joy (taught by Dan DeWitt)
2:40PM     Skype conversation with FLAME
3PM          Guest Presentations (to be announced)
4PM          Lewis’ Final Apologetic


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Guest Presentations

Anyone who is registered for the event will be eligible to submit a proposal to deliver a short presentation on a specific element of Lewis’ apologetic approach. Submissions must include pertinent biographical information about the presenter, and a summary of the presentation. Submissions can be emailed to boycecollege@sbts.edu and must be received by December 15th. Three guest presentations will be chosen to provide a 15-20 minute talk. Selections will be based on both the quality of the proposal and the unique contribution that the presentation will make to the existing schedule (listed above).

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* “C.S. Lewis: His Life, Writings, and Legacy” is an online course that seminar participants will be eligible to register for at a special conference rate.