C.S. Lewis Society

Our History and Purpose

The C.S. Lewis Society was organized by Princeton University students in 1975, as a guest-speaker forum for the campus community to hear Christian scholars articulate a biblical perspective on topics of wide public concern.  After years of fruitful ministry, the Society was re-launched on the campus of Trinity College of Florida in 1988 as a fellowship of those committed to explaining and defending the Christian faith internationally.  Our outreach has focused especially on university campuses and nations that are dominated by skeptical attitudes toward the core truths of Christianity. 

As a Christian Society adhering to what C.S. Lewis called “mere Christianity”—classic or creedal Christianity--the members[i] and friends of the Society seek first and foremost to know Christ and make Him known.  Secondly, inspired by the words of philosopher-apologist Douglas Groothuis, we strive “to know the truth of the biblical worldview and to make it known with integrity to as many people as possible with the best arguments available.”[ii]  This quote captures the central and distinctive purpose of the Society, and our apologetics.org website is dedicated to supporting this purpose.

Recent Milestones

  • Our Alive Conference, focused on the evidence of Christ’s resurrection, was webcasted to an estimated 10,000 listeners in 10 countries in both English and Spanish.
  • Each year, we receive 100,000 Apologetics.org website visitors from 50 countries.
  • We recently presented the evidence for Christian faith at Georgetown University.  More than two dozen atheists joined a large crowd that heard “Can Faith and Science Be Reconciled?”
  • Our weekly radio show, “The Universe Next Door,” heard in five states, shares the good news of Christ and the evidence and reasons for faith with about 15,000 listeners per broadcast.
  • We made eight presentations in six cities in Columbia reaching an estimate of 2,000 listeners in attendance and an additional 20,000 through conference telecast.  Also, we presented the evidence of intelligent design to four universities in Lima, Peru. 
  • We sponsored events at churches and equipped believers in the greater Tampa Bay, the Washington, D.C. metro area, as well as Ohio, South CarolinaCalifornia, and New York.
  • We hosted outreaches at Dartmouth College, and the Universities of Connecticut and Maine and presented at Yale University, and St. Petersburg College.
  • Lee Strobel was the keynote speaker at the Reasonable Faith Conference in March 2014  in Clearwater, Florida. Also speaking were Dr. Craig Hazen, Dr. Aaron Walp, Dr. Sean McDowell, and Dr. Tom Woodward. Copies of the talks in DVD format are available by emailing information@apologetics.org

Current Ministries  (Fall of 2014 and 2015)

  • We are sponsoring “Knowing God in a Skeptical Age”--our new C.S. Lewis Honors Seminar on Apologetics and Theology.  Featuring the teaching of Drs. Tom Woodward and Eric Bargerhuff, it will be held at Trinity College of Florida the week of July 21-25, 2014.   College students and upper level high school students from across the U.S. are invited to attend.  For information, write eric.bargerhuff@trinitycollege.edu.
  • Dr. Woodward has been invited to the San Francisco Bay Area, to speak in area churches and to present at two universities: Stanford University and UC Berkeley.
  • We have been invited to present our talks on "Evidence for Faith" at Heriot-Watt University, a major center for the study of science and technology in Edinburgh, Scotland. Our speaking tour of universities in Japan is now scheduled for spring of 2015.

Founder and Presenter

Tom Woodward, PhD     Dr. Tom Woodward is the President of the C.S. Lewis Society and has been a professor at Trinity College of Florida, since 1988, teaching courses in science, philosophy, theology, anthropology and communications. He previously chaired the Department of World Missions and presently is Chairman of the Department of Bible and Theology. Tom is a graduate of Princeton University, obtained his Th.M. in Systematic Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. from the University of South Florida. He authored Doubts about Darwin (a 2004 Book of the Year--Christianity Today magazine) and co-edited Darwinism Under the Microscope with Dr. James Gills. Darwin Strikes Back: Defending the Science of Intelligent Design (2006) continued to trace the history of the debate over Darwinism and design theory, and more recently (2012) Dr. Woodward teamed up with Dr. James Gills to produce The Mysterious Epigenome: What Lies Beyond DNA.

Debates

Dr. Woodward has held a number of debates, including one with prominent Darwinist author Dr. Michael Ruse.  Other leading Darwinists have engaged Dr. Woodward in debate on the campuses of the University of Delaware, Michigan State University, and La Sapienza University in Rome, Italy.  On CNBC’s “Squawk Box” program, he engaged in a televised mini-debate with Dr. Brian Alters.  He is open to participate in any debate on origins or apologetics topics, such as:  intelligent design, the origin of life, the existence of God or the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  

Presentations

Dr. Woodward's talks focus on the evidence for the Christian worldview, in competition with other worldviews the vie for the allegiance of modern man.  Although his special focus has been the scientific evidence for God, his talks range across all fields of apologetics, including biblical, historical, philosophical and cultural.  A number of presentations are focused on the reality of the  Christian message and life as seen in the life and writings of C.S. Lewis.

Tailored to the age, intellect, and spiritual level of the listener, the presentations often uses props and video clips to connect with the audience.  Skeptics are invited to ask questions after the presentations.  The cost to book a presentation is modest and supports the ministry's outreach.  For more information email us at information.apologetics,org or fill out the contact info on  http://apologetics.org/contact-us. Topics can be adapted to fill the available venue and the time slot.  A partial listing of topics follows:

  • Surprised by Aslan:  How Does Narnia’s Creator Magnify Christ’s Glory?
  • C. S. Lewis, Ex-Atheist:  The Journey of a Skeptic who Became an Apostle
  • C. S. Lewis vs. the New Atheism:  What Might Lewis Say in a Debate with Dawkins?
  • Creation in Stereo:  Key Evidence from Both of God’s Books--Scripture and Nature
  • The Universe Next Door:  Scientific Atheism, Buddhism, the New Age, or Christ?
  • Evolution--A Theory in Crisis:  Five Lines of Evidence that Embarrass Darwin
  • Can Faith and Science Be Reconciled?   Exploring Proposals for “Peace and Harmony”
  • Will the Real God Please Stand Up?  How to Know God is Real and Christ is Alive
  •  Truth, Pontius Pilate and the Tooth Fairy:  How to Check Out What’s Truly True
  • The Creator and the Cosmos:  Evidence for Design in Astronomy and Cosmology
  • Darwin’s Dilemma:  How Fossils Pose the Ultimate Challenge to Darwinism

[i] “Members” refers to any person who choose to support the Society by financial support of any size at least once a year.  The term “friends” refers to anyone who asks to be put on the email news and updates distribution list.

[ii] See the entire section from which this quote is taken, entitled “The Sum of the Matter: Defend the Truth” on pages 44-45 of Groothuis’s magisterial Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith (IVP Academic, 2001).