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With Interest in C. S. Lewis Surging Due to This Week's Narnia Film Release, A Movement of Evangelical Christians Takes Issue with 'The C. S. Lewis Bible'

Contact: Julie Burton, HarperOne, 415-477-4407, julie.burton@harpercollins.com.


MEDIA ADVISORY, Dec. 6, 2010 /Christian Newswire/ -- Evangelicals, mainline Protestants, Catholics, Orthodox Christians, and Mormons have long claimed C.S. Lewis as their own. So when HarperOne released The C. S. Lewis Bible (November 2010) -- pairing Lewis's celebrated spiritual writings with corresponding scripture passages -- it came as no surprise that it was largely embraced by the Christian community (and beyond). The NRSV is the most accurate, trusted, and readable translation available in English--the reason it was chosen by HarperOne.


But a faction of Evangelicals has recently come forward to express indignation with this adaptation. Some have taken to the airwaves, and others have started a petition to cease publication of The C. S. Lewis Bible. There are claims that the NRSV is too feminist and too liberal for Lewis--widely considered a fundamentalist hero--and a call to prevent one of their most important modern theologians from being co-opted by other Christian groups.


According to HarperOne SVP and Publisher Mark Tauber, this critical reaction comes as a surprise. Speaking to the brewing controversy, he said "I'm shocked that anyone could take offense to this Bible--a substantive, inspiring, and beautiful package." Tauber continued, "We assembled an incredible group of leading C. S. Lewis scholars, and I think the end result is a fitting tribute to one of the most revered Christian thinkers of our time."


Offering Lewis's words as a companion to a reader's reflection, meditation, and study of scripture, The C. S. Lewis Bible includes key features such as:


• Over 600 selections from C. S. Lewis for contemplation and devotional reading

• Introductory essays on C. S. Lewis's view of scripture

• Indexes to guide you to each reading from C. S. Lewis

• Attractive two-color interior (brown/black)

• Double-column format, in a readable, classic design

• Presentation page for gift-giving


For more information or to talk with a spokesperson for The C. S. Lewis Bible, please contact Julie Burton at 415.477.4407 or julie.burton@harpercollins.com.