The Alexander Hamilton Institute’s Christopher Dawson Society for the Study of Faith and Reason will hold its inaugural meeting for the 2011-2012 academic year on Monday, 26 September at 7 PM in the Burke Library of Hamilton College. AHI co-founder Douglas Ambrose will lead a special reading group that will meet monthly to discuss C. S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters.

Lewis, one of the twentieth-century’s greatest Christian apologists, published this witty, hilarious, and often profound work in 1942. It has entertained and challenged readers ever since. A series of letters from Screwtape, a senior devil, to his nephew Wormwood, an apprentice devil, provides the form that allows Lewis, in his inimitable way, to raise searching questions about the nature of evil, the subtle processes by which the modern world turns people toward “Our Father Below,” and the struggle for faith in a fallen world. The inaugural meeting will focus on the first thirteen Screwtape Letters. Subsequent meetings in October and November will continue the discussion. All are welcome to any or all of the meetings.