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    The CS Lewis Podcast #166 Philip Tallon: Is pain a megaphone?

    2024-07-15T17:00:00Z

    Dr Philip Tallon, Associate Professor of Theology and Dean of The School of Christian Thought at Houston Christian University, shares his thoughts about Lewis’ The Problem of Pain.

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    The CS Lewis Podcast #165 Philip Tallon: Is pain a problem?

    2024-07-08T17:00:00Z

    Dr Philip Tallon, Associate Professor of Theology and Dean of The School of Christian Thought at Houston Christian University, unpacks one of Lewis’ earliest work of apologetics The Problem of Pain.

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    The CS Lewis Podcast #164 Johan Erasmus: Coming to faith via Dawkins and Lewis

    2024-07-01T17:00:00Z

    Following the death of his father as a child, Afrikaner pastor Johan Erasmus struggled to find a place where he could ask sceptical questions about faith, God and the Universe. During this time he discovered CS Lewis, but also Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens.

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    The CS Lewis Podcast #163 Matthew Brown: What would Sigmund Freud and CS Lewis discuss?

    2024-06-24T17:00:00Z

    Hollywood director Matthew Brown, who directed and co-wrote Freud’s Last Session, shares his thoughts on two of the greatest minds of the 20th Century.

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    The CS Lewis Podcast #162 Alister McGrath: Is there still a place for Lewis in today’s society?

    2024-06-17T16:00:00Z

    We continue our conversation with Professor Alister McGrath answering live questions, including who influenced Lewis’ faith journey, whether there’s an expiry date on his relevance and how Lewis has impacted Alister’s own theology. 

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    The CS Lewis Podcast #161 Alister McGrath: Your questions answered

    2024-06-10T13:43:00Z

    Professor Alister McGrath joined Ruth Jackson for a webinar answering live questions about CS Lewis, including how Lewis used modern media, whether there is a “modern day Lewis” and how we navigate some of the potentially racist terms within his work.

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    The CS Lewis Podcast #160 Malcolm Guite: Poetry and a baptised imagination

    2024-06-03T13:31:00Z

    In this third and final part, Rev Dr Malcolm Guite, Life Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge University answers questions about CS Lewis on Narnia, The Pilgrim’s Regress and poetry. This is taken from the Q&A after his presentation ‘A Little Incarnation: CS Lewis and the poetry of embodiment’, which was given at a CS Lewis symposium called Now We Have Faces, hosted by The CS Lewis Group at Ulster University in coordination with English at Ulster.

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    The CS Lewis Podcast #159 Malcolm Guite: The true myth

    2024-05-27T14:29:00Z

    In the second part of his presentation, Rev Dr Malcolm Guite, Life Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge University shares his thoughts about Lewis’ poem ‘Reason’, looking at his relationship with imagination and rationality. This talk was originally given at a CS Lewis symposium called Now We Have Faces, which was hosted by The CS Lewis Group at Ulster University in coordination with English at Ulster. The title of Malcolm’s presentation was ‘A Little Incarnation: CS Lewis and the poetry of embodiment’.

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    The CS Lewis Podcast #158 Malcolm Guite: Was Lewis a poet?

    2024-05-20T14:05:00Z

    Rev Dr Malcolm Guite, Life Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge University shares his thoughts about Lewis’ imaginative vision as a writer. 

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    The CS Lewis Podcast #157 Kathy Keller: One of the last people to correspond with Lewis before his death

    2024-05-09T13:54:00Z

    As we approach the one year anniversary of apologist Tim Keller’s death on May 19th, we caught up with his wife Kathy Keller who corresponded with CS Lewis as a child. Why did she write to Lewis? How did he respond? What are some of the stories he shared with her? What was it like meeting Warnie Lewis? Plus, we hear the impact of CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien on Tim and Kathy and we hear whether they really did speak Elvish together at home.

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    The CS Lewis Podcast #156 Phil Knox: Lord All matey or Lord Almighty?

    2024-05-06T13:52:00Z

    Did Jesus have favourites? What does good friendship look like? Can we can call God friend? Why does Lewis consider friendship “the most spiritual of loves”? Is Christian frienship greater than non-Christian friendship? Phil Knox, author of The Best of Friends concludes his conversation on Lewis and friendship.

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    The CS Lewis Podcast #155 Phil Knox: Are we allowed favourite friends?

    2024-04-29T12:44:00Z

    Phil Knox, author of The Best of Friends, explores what Lewis said about friendship. Why have we neglected friendship? What lessons can we learn from Lewis? Should we treat all friends equally?

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    The CS Lewis Podcast #154 Lewis and Tolkien: The final years

    2024-04-22T14:34:00Z

    What were the significant points of contention between CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien? Where did they differ on theology? How did they respond to each other’s fame? What did Tolkien think of The Narnia Chronicles? Why was Lewis’ Letters To Malcolm so “horrifying” to Tolkien? Did these two Inklings fall out at the end of Lewis’ life?

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    The CS Lewis Podcast #153 The poet and the philologist: Lewis and Tolkien's early years

    2024-04-15T13:04:00Z

    Dr Holly Ordway, author of Tolkien’s Faith explores what Lewis and Tolkien thought of each other when they first met. How did their friendship blossom? Why was their conversation in Addison’s Walk so significant to Lewis’ journey back to Christianity? What influence did the two men have on each other?

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    The CS Lewis Podcast #152 Is ‘The Lord of the Rings’ a religious work?

    2024-04-08T13:35:00Z

    Dr Holly Ordway, author of Tolkien’s Faith explores what JRR Tolkien meant when he described The Lord of the Rings as a “fundamentally religious and Catholic work”. Do we see any elements of his faith in the book? Is it possible to discern a theology? Are there any characters Tolkien identified with? Plus, how does Leaf by Niggle relate to Tolkien’s magnum opus?

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    The CS Lewis Podcast #151 Holly Ordway: Trauma, Catholicism and romantic love

    2024-04-01T16:24:00Z

    Dr Holly Ordway, author of Tolkien’s Faith, shares some of the traumatic events in JRR Tolkien’s life, such as the death of his parents during his childhood, his forbidden romantic love and his experience of the Great War. What would it have been like to convert to Catholicism? How did his guardian Fr Francis impact Tolkien’s faith?

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    The CS Lewis Podcast #150 Holly Ordway: Tolkien on Holy Week

    2024-03-25T15:40:00Z

    We continue our conversation with Dr Holly Ordway, author of Tolkien’s Faith. How would Tolkien have celebrated Holy Week? How did he view death? What did Easter and the resurrection mean to him?

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    The CS Lewis Podcast #149 Holly Ordway: Tolkien’s faith

    2024-03-18T16:20:00Z

    Ahead of Tolkien Reading Day on 25th March, Dr Holly Ordway, author of Tolkien’s Faith, shares her thoughts about Tolkien’s Catholic faith. She explores the relevance of his work, looking at whether it will stand the test of time.

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    The CS Lewis Podcast #148 Ruth Jackson: Where it all began

    2024-03-11T17:00:00Z

    The microphone is turned on Ruth Jackson as she is interviewed by David Bates from Pints With Jack. Originally broadcast in 2021 just after the launch of The CS Lewis Podcast, Ruth shares the vision behind why and how it started. Plus, shout about the show to win yourself a free copy of CS Lewis: A Life by Professor Alister McGrath.

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    The CS Lewis Podcast #147 Jason Lepojärvi: The undiscovered Lewis

    2024-03-04T16:48:00Z

    Dr Jason Lepojärvi, CS Lewis associate professor of theology and literature at George Fox University and director of the CS Lewis Initiative, gives us a sneak peak into some undiscovered elements of Lewis. Did he have a theological blind spot? Why are people still so interested in him? Plus, discover more about the inaugural Undiscovered CS Lewis conference in Oregon.