The Socratic Club

Posted by Joel Heck on Tuesday, July 8, 2014
This posting takes us over the 400,000 word mark with 633 pages and nearly 1,700 footnotes. I have added a lot about Warren Lewis in the late 1920s, most of it rather irrelevant, but I have also added a lot of information about the Socratic Club, based on the records of the attendance book that Stella Aldwinckle kept, including the first two years after Lewis was no longer its president (1955 and 1956) because of his new position at Cambridge University. In addition, I discovered a little jewel--two conferences on the "Christian Faith" at which Lewis spoke in 1943 and 1945, the first on March 13-16 at Beaconsfield and the second on March 17-20 at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. I never knew anything about this, and I doubt that anyone has written on this topic, i.e. his role in these conferences. At both conferences, organized by Stella Aldwinckle, he spoke on "Presuppositions of Faith" and "The Church." His actual handwritten notes are present in the Stella Aldwinckle Papers, which I have been reading this week. It is definitely his handwriting, and his thoughts echo things he wrote elsewhere, including a description of his early days as a Christian. I couldn't wait to upload the new information. I also found a few letters, some of them not published in Collected Letters, that Lewis wrote to Aldwinckle and the Socratic Club Secretary. Each item, individually, may not make much of an impression, but the total picture is becoming much more impressive. All in all, this is a significant addition to the chronology.

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