Devin Brown to discuss author C.S. Lewis

PARKERSBURG — The ninth annual Spring Apologetics Lectures, hosted by the Warren Apologetics Center of Parkersburg, will be Thursday, May 9 in the Charleston Ballroom of the Blennerhassett Hotel.

Registration is from 1-1:30 p.m. and the free program is from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

The speaker is Devin Brown, professor of English at Asbury University in Wilmore, Ky.

Lecture topics will be “C.S. Lewis: From Serious Atheist to Christian Theist;” “C.S. Lewis and the Moral Argument” and “C.S. Lewis and the Christian Perspective: By It I See Everything Else.”

Brown will have a book signing after the event. His book, “A Life Observed,” which draws on British author Lewis’ autobiographical works, books by those who knew him personally, and his apologetics and fictional writing, tells the story of Lewis’ journey from cynical atheist to Christian.

This book will be available for purchase the day of the event, along with many other titles produced by the Warren Center.

Charles Pugh, executive director of the Warren Apologetics Center, provided the following information regarding the May 9 event.

In 1943, following his historic BBC radio talks of 1941-42, C.S. Lewis wrote: “Until modern times no thinker of the first rank ever doubted that our judgements of value were rational judgements or that what they discovered was objective.” By “judgements of value” Lewis meant moral judgments about right and wrong.

Lewis called this “practical reason” and said if we “grant that our practical reason is really reason and that its fundamental imperatives are … absolute … then unconditional allegiance to them is the duty of man. So is absolute allegiance to God. And these two allegiances must, somehow, be the same.”

Absolute moral judgment goes hand in hand with the absolute reality of God, Pugh said.

“In acknowledgement of C.S. Lewis’ presentation of a moral argument for God, it has been our desire to invite a qualified C.S. Lewis scholar to present a series of lectures on C.S. Lewis and the Moral Argument,” Pugh said. Brown is one of the most recognized C.S. Lewis scholars of today, Pugh said.

Brown, who has a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina, is the author of 12 books, including the latest biography on Lewis, which includes a foreword written by Douglas Gresham, Lewis’s stepson. Brown has been a keynote speaker at many Lewis conferences and wrote the script for the video “Discussing Mere Christianity” produced by Zondervan and filmed in Oxford with Eric Metaxas as host.

Reservations can be made by calling 304-917-3707 or through the website: warrenapologetics.org/sal.

The Warren Apologetics Center is situated at the site of the former Bob Evans Restaurant at I-77 and U.S. 50 in Parkersburg.