The C.S. Lewis podcast

The C.S. Lewis podcast

A weekly podcast from Premier Unbelievable? 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

October 3, 2022 24 min

In this second part of a live kids Q&A on Narnia, recorded at Oxford University, Dr Michael Ward continues to answer questions such as 'Where did the wood between the worlds come from?', 'Can people from Narnia enter our world?' and 'Is Narnia something CS Lewis experienced as a child?'

 

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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.

 

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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!   

 

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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?

 

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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.

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'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.

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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'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.

 

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'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.

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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."

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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.'

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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.

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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.

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CS Lewis discusses the importance of 'myth' in this critique of those who want to 'demythologise' Christianity. He explains why Christ is the 'true myth' that all other stories of dying and rising gods are pointing towards.

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Originally published in 1943 in a Christian magazine, 'Dogma and the Universe' sees Lewis look at the fact that modern science tells us the Universe had a beginning and that life will also come to an end one day.

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We begin season 6 of the CS Lewis podcast looking at a number of CS Lewis' shorter articles, essays and sermons. 'Meditation in a Toolshed' (1945) sees Lewis exploring the idea of 'looking at' a beam of sunlight vs 'looking along' the beam. Alister and Justin discuss how Lewis related this idea to the Christian faith.

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Alister McGrath continues to respond to listener questions about science, faith and doubt (and CS Lewis!) in the second part of a show first recorded as a livestream listener Q&A edition of Unbelievable? in 2020, hosted by Justin and Lucy Brierley and Ruth Jackson.

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Alister McGrath talks about his memoir 'Through a Glass Darkly: Journeys Through Science, Faith & Doubt' in the first part of a show recorded as a livestream listern Q&A edition of Unbelievable? in 2020, hosted by Justin and Lucy Brierley and Ruth Jackson.

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