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Wofford College plans Religious Emphasis Week activities

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

SPARTANBURG, SC – British actor David Payne will present “An Evening with C.S. Lewis” as a highlight of Wofford College’s activities in observance of Religious Emphasis Week February 24-28.

Payne will perform on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 8 p.m. in the McMillan Theater in the Campus Life Building; the performance is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Religious Life Council.

Payne’s performance recently aired on British television and received outstanding reviews. Though British author C.S. Lewis has been dead for more than 40 years, almost all of his books are still in print and are selling better than they ever have. Lewis’s academic books remain essential reading for students of English literature, and his novels continue to sell in the thousands. His Christian books, which made him one of the 20th century’s foremost Christian Apologists, still have enormous sway.

Lewis probably is best known for his classic children’s series The Chronicles of Narnia. First launched in 1950 with the publication of “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe,” all seven books remain among today’s best-selling children’s books. Lewis also was known as a powerful orator.

Payne has portrayed Lewis in a number of productions of “Shadowlands,” in his self-penned “Weep for Joy,” and in numerous presentations of “An Evening with C.S. Lewis,” which he wrote.

In addition to the performance by Payne, these other public events are planned for Religious Emphasis Week:

Wednesday, Feb. 25 – Service of Imposition of Ashes. Sponsored by the Campus Ministry Center. Mickel Chapel, Main Building, noon and 5 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 28 – Campus Revival Service. Sponsored by Multicultural Affairs Committee and the Association of African-American Students. Leonard Auditorium, Main Building, 4 p.m.