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The C.S. Lewis podcast

The C.S. Lewis podcast

A weekly podcast with Professor Alister McGrath exploring C.S. Lewis’ thought, theology and teaching. C.S. Lewis is one of the most influential voices in modern Christianity. The 20th Century British writer and lay theologian has profoundly impacted Christians around the world and brought many atheists and agnostics to faith in Jesus. One person whose faith was greatly encouraged by the writings of C.S. Lewis is Professor Alister McGrath. Both men were raised in Northern Ireland, studied at Oxford University and went on to become professors there. They also both came to faith from atheism slightly later in life. Alister has written numerous books on C.S. Lewis, including a seminal biography C.S. Lewis – A Life. Every Monday, Ruth Jackson and Professor Alister McGrath will reflect on C.S. Lewis’ ideas, life and influence as well as trying to answer questions that impact culture today.

Episodes

  • #72 Kids ask their Narnia questions of Dr Michael Ward Pt. 1 #72 Kids ask their Narnia questions of Dr Michael Ward Pt. 1 Play in Edifi Player

    #72 Kids ask their Narnia questions of Dr Michael Ward Pt. 1

    Recorded live at Oxford University, Narnia expert Dr Michael Ward engages with a panel of young people with a variety of questions about Narnia and CS Lewis. How old is Narnia? How many ways are there into Narnia? Were the Pevensie children destined to go through the wardrobe?... and many more. For books by Michael Ward: https://michaelward.net/ \+ Subscribe to The CS Lewis podcast: https://pod.link/1560959545 \+ For more shows, free ebook and newsletter visit our new website \+ For …

  • #71 CS Lewis and the Queen - an interview with Dr Michael Ward #71 CS Lewis and the Queen - an interview with Dr Michael Ward Play in Edifi Player

    #71 CS Lewis and the Queen - an interview with Dr Michael Ward

    On Thursday September 8th Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, died aged 96. In this special one-off episode about the Queen and CS Lewis, Ruth Jackson speaks to CS Lewis scholar Dr Michael Ward. They discuss Lewis’ thoughts on monarchy, the Queen’s coronation and the kings and queens of Narnia. Watch out for a brutally honest potted history of some of the British monarchs! +Hear more from Michael Ward on an earlier episode of the CS Lewis podcast: …

  • #70 Miracles in Narnia and Taiwan - David Marshall #70 Miracles in Narnia and Taiwan - David Marshall Play in Edifi Player

    #70 Miracles in Narnia and Taiwan - David Marshall

    In the third part of their discussion David Marshall tells Justin Brierley about his own time as a missionary in China and East Asia and how he found CS Lewis' writing helped his journey there. How does the subject of miracles - the death and resurrection of Alan for instance - get addressed in Narnia? For 'The Case For Aslan', from Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Case-Aslan- Evidence-Jesus- …

  • #69 We need to talk about Susan: David Marshall defends CS Lewis against Pullman and JK Rowling #69 We need to talk about Susan: David Marshall defends CS Lewis against Pullman and JK Rowling Play in Edifi Player

    #69 We need to talk about Susan: David Marshall defends CS Lewis against Pullman and JK Rowling

    My sister Susan,” answered Peter shortly and gravely, “is no longer a friend of Narnia.” Philip Pullman and JK Rowling have both criticised the way CS Lewis treated Susan at the end of the Narnia. Author David Marshall defends Lewis' decision not to have Susan enter heaven in the 'The Case for Aslan: Evidence for Jesus in the land of Narnia' and writes his own imagined next steps for Susan in the real world. For 'The Case For Aslan', from Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Case-Aslan- …

  • #68 The Case For Aslan: David Marshall on ’Puddleglum’s Wager’ #68 The Case For Aslan: David Marshall on ’Puddleglum’s Wager’ Play in Edifi Player

    #68 The Case For Aslan: David Marshall on ’Puddleglum’s Wager’

    'The Case for Aslan: Evidence for Jesus in the land of Narnia' examines how Lewis employed Christian apologetics throughout the fantasy writing of Narnia. Author David Marshall tells Justin Brierley how in The Silver Chair, Puddleglum proves himself to be a wise, if gloomy, thinker. For 'The Case For Aslan', from Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Case-Aslan- Evidence-Jesus- …

  • #67 Audience Q&A on vocation, culture and Christian witness #67 Audience Q&A on vocation, culture and Christian witness Play in Edifi Player

    #67 Audience Q&A on vocation, culture and Christian witness

    Alister McGrath joins Justin Brierley and a panel of Christian thinkers, scientists and church leaders to take audience questions on vocation, culture and Christian witness in this continuation of last week's session, originally recorded live at Unbelievable? the Conference 2022. Get all the video sessions from Unbelievable? the Conference 2022 \+ Subscribe to The CS Lewis podcast: https://pod.link/1560959545 \+ For more shows, free ebook and newsletter visit our new website \+ For our …

  • #66 Speaking the authentic voice of Jesus in arts, science and global culture #66 Speaking the authentic voice of Jesus in arts, science and global culture Play in Edifi Player

    #66 Speaking the authentic voice of Jesus in arts, science and global culture

    Recorded live at Unbelievable? the Conference 2022, Justin Brierley leads a panel including Alister McGrath, Sharon Dirckx, John Wyatt, Skye Jethani, and Joseph D'Souza on bringing Christian faith into the spheres of art, science, education and global justice. Get all the video sessions from Unbelievable? the Conference 2022 \+ Subscribe to The CS Lewis podcast: https://pod.link/1560959545 \+ For more shows, free ebook and newsletter visit our new website \+ For our Premier …

  • #65 Alister McGrath: How to transform our culture and not be consumed by it #65 Alister McGrath: How to transform our culture and not be consumed by it Play in Edifi Player

    #65 Alister McGrath: How to transform our culture and not be consumed by it

    Prof Alister McGrath draws on CS Lewis and scripture to encourage Christians to live out their vocation and make a difference in a confused and divided culture. This keynote address was given at Unbelievable? the Conference 2022. Get all the video sessions from Unbelievable? the Conference 2022 \+ Subscribe to The CS Lewis podcast: https://pod.link/1560959545 \+ For more shows, free ebook and newsletter visit our new website \+ For our Premier Unbelievable? Live events \+ Support the …

  • #64 On Living In An Atomic Age - CS Lewis’ essays and short writings #64 On Living In An Atomic Age - CS Lewis’ essays and short writings Play in Edifi Player

    #64 On Living In An Atomic Age - CS Lewis’ essays and short writings

    'If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things'. Alister and Justin discuss the way that CS Lewis' 1948 essay is remarkably relevant to modern crises such as Covid and the war in Ukraine. Download Alister and all sessions from Unbelievable? 2022 \+ For more episodes subscribe to the podcast \+ For more shows, free ebook and newsletter visit our new website \+ For our Premier Unbelievable? Live events \+ Support …

  • #63 The Weight of Glory - CS Lewis’ essays and short writings #63 The Weight of Glory - CS Lewis’ essays and short writings Play in Edifi Player

    #63 The Weight of Glory - CS Lewis’ essays and short writings

    'The Weight of Glory' is a sermon that CS Lewis preached at the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford in 1941. It is widely regarded as one of his most significant short works, focussing on the way our human longings in this world point to another world that we were made for. Download Alister and all sessions from Unbelievable? 2022 \+ For more shows, free ebook and newsletter visit our new website \+ For our Premier Unbelievable? Live events \+ Support the podcast from the USA …

  • #62 First and Second Things - CS Lewis’ essays and short writings #62 First and Second Things - CS Lewis’ essays and short writings Play in Edifi Player

    #62 First and Second Things - CS Lewis’ essays and short writings

    Oringally published in 1942 this essay argues that humans often turn 'second order' things such as music, art, romatic love etc into 'first order' things in place of God. In doings so they lose the joy of those things in the process. "You can't get second things by putting them first; you can get second things only by putting first things first." Download Alister and all sessions from Unbelievable? 2022 \+ For more shows, free ebook and newsletter visit our new website \+ For our Premier …

  • #61 Is Theology Poetry? CS Lewis’ essays and short writings #61 Is Theology Poetry? CS Lewis’ essays and short writings Play in Edifi Player

    #61 Is Theology Poetry? CS Lewis’ essays and short writings

    Originally given as a talk in 1945, this was the first piece of Lewis' writing that Alister Mcgrath ever read as a student and it had a profound influence on him. It includes Lewis' memorable phrase: 'I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.' Get Alister's new book What's the Point of Theology? Download Alister and all sessions from Unbelievable? 2022 \+ For more shows, free ebook and newsletter visit …

  • The C.S. Lewis podcast #60 Is Theism Important? - CS Lewis’ essays and short writings Play in Edifi Player

    #60 Is Theism Important? - CS Lewis’ essays and short writings

    This essay originally took the form of a talk at the Socratic club in Oxford in 1952. Lewis explains the difference between 'Faith A' as 'intellectual assent' and 'Faith B' as 'trust or confidence in God', as well as the experience of awe. Get Alister's new book What's the Point of Theology? Download Alister and all sessions from Unbelievable? 2022 \+ For more shows, free ebook and newsletter visit our new website \+ For our Premier Unbelievable? Live events \+ Support the podcast from …

  • The C.S. Lewis podcast #59 The Grand Miracle - CS Lewis’ essays and short writings Play in Edifi Player

    #59 The Grand Miracle - CS Lewis’ essays and short writings

    Originally preached a sermon in 1945, this essay by Lewis uses the imagery of a diver to explain the significance of the incarnation as God stepping into creation to ultimately redeem it. Get Alister's new book What's the Point of Theology? Download Alister and all sessions from Unbelievable? 2022 \+ For more shows, free ebook and newsletter visit our new website \+ For our Premier Unbelievable? Live events \+ Support the podcast from the USA \+ Support the podcast from UK and rest of …