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Every cloud has a silver lining. With the dramatic fall in the pound against other currencies, after the Brexit Referendum, there has never been a better time for you to come to the UK. Our conference in historic Cambridge is just three weeks away but you can still join us and everyone, whatever your level of knowledge, can be sure of a warm welcome:

In addition to Trevor Hart and Kirstin Jeffrey-Johnson, our other Keynotes include:

  • Stephen Prickett, George MacDonald and the Cambridge Apostles
  • Kerry Dearborn, Rethinking the Dark Side: MacDonald’s Subversive Challenges to “Enlightened” Theories of Social Darwinism
  • Elizabeth Jay, George MacDonald, Unorthodox Anglican
  • Timothy Larsen, George MacDonald and the Age of the Incarnation

And that is without mentioning the various session papers being presented by up and coming MacDonald scholars. This really is something not to be missed!

I will need to submit final numbers to Trinity Hall next Tuesday though, but if you would like more information just let me know or check out our web site, www.george-macdonald.com/macdonaldsociety/conference2016.html

If you have already booked then thank you and joining instructions together with a detailed programme will be going out in the next day or two.

 

Conference Update!

I have updated the booking form for the Cambridge Conference on the web site (www.george-macdonald.com). The big news is that I can now confirm Timothy Larsen from Wheaton College, as one of our Keynote speakers. Alongside Stephen Prickett, Kerry Dearborn and Elisabeth Jay this is an exciting lineup already! You will note the 10% early bird discount if you book by 1st April, 2016. Booking early helps our planning.

Booking for our conference in Cambridge this coming July is now live on the Society’s web site (where you can download) a booking form. The Theme is George MacDonald and the Cambridge Apostles, which is very appropriate, since Trinity Hall was the college of F.D. Maurice, MacDonald’s mentor. Confirmed keynote speakers already include Stephen Prickett, Kerry Dearborn and Elizabeth Jay. If you have any queries please feel free to contact me.

CALL FOR PAPERS (20 mins + questions) – the deadline is 1st March, though it would help with our planning to hear from you earlier. Proposals (including name and institutional affiliation, CV, title of the paper, and an abstract of no more than 300 words) should be sent to gmsociety.papers@gmail.com.

Call for Papers

Ron Dart on George MacDonald’s influence on C. S. Lewis. See the video here.

On Saturday, 2nd May 2015 a plaque will be unveiled at one of George MacDonald’s homes in Hastings. The plan is to meet at Wellington Square at 2:30pm from where we will walk to the house. The unveiling will be preceded by a few words from our President, Professor Stephen Prickett and followed by a short guided walk (about an hour or so) led by Edward Preston and tea afterwards.

Here is a link to the article, “Would We Have Been Friends”: Piper/Keller contra Lewis/MacDonald” by Ron Dart.

The idea that people will know that we are Jesus’s disciples by the love we have for one another (John 13:5) is a challenging thought. Particularly in a context (such as this), where we disagree profoundly with what that person is saying. There is a natural tendency to confront them head on. What strikes me about both Lewis and MacDonald is the breadth of their reading. It seems to me they were able to distil the positive in disparate positions and make it their own without getting sidetracked into dispute. A book I’m reading talks about how we like to stay within our intellectual boxes (a limitation) but that our times of growth are when we are taken outside that box and have our safe view of the world challenged, letting fresh light into the dusty room.

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