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    The CS Lewis Podcast #143 That Hideous Strength: Is technology dangerous?

    2024-02-05T15:58:00Z

    Alister McGrath explores how CS Lewis addresses the perceived conflict between God and science. What insights can Lewis give about pertinent issues such as the atomic age, eugenics and Artificial Intelligence? When does technology becomes technocracy and why was Tolkien so anti tech? What are some of the ways religion is being challenged and how does Lewis expose these critiques?

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    Unbelievable? 60 years after his death, are CS Lewis and his God still relevant?

    2023-11-24T14:05:00Z

    Ruth Jackson hosts a discussion about a 20th Century British writer and lay theologian who is arguably one of the most influential voices in modern Christianity. On November 22nd 1963, Clive Staples Lewis – Jack to his friends – died in Oxford, England. However, 60 years after his death, is CS Lewis still relevant?

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    The CS Lewis Podcast #132 Alister McGrath: 60 years after his death, does Lewis still speak to our heads and hearts?

    2023-11-21T10:19:00Z

    On November 22nd 1963, Clive Staples Lewis – Jack to his friends – died in Oxford, England. 60 years after his death, we discuss whether he is still relevant today. Are any of the accusations levelled against Lewis legitimate? Why does he continue to speak to our rationality and imagination? Plus, Professor Alister McGrath shares the influence Lewis had on his own journey of faith.

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    The CS Lewis Podcast #131 David Bates: CS Lewis Reading Day

    2023-11-13T16:00:00Z

    David Bates and his team at Pints With Jack have helped establish a day to celebrate CS Lewis and his work. His fellow Inkling, JRR Tolkien, already has a special reading day, but “why should the Tolkien nerds have all the fun?”! Listen in to hear why David thinks Lewis is still relevant today and how you can get involved with the inaugural CS Lewis Reading Day on Lewis’ birthday - November 29th.

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    The CS Lewis Podcast #115 Why did no one want to publish Lewis’ Space Trilogy?

    2023-07-24T13:00:00Z

    Professor Alister McGrath looks at the intended audience of CS Lewis’ Space Trilogy and explores some of the influences behind the books, including JRR Tolkien and Charles Williams.

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    The CS Lewis Podcast #109: Dr Jennifer Woodruff Tait: Jack at home

    2023-06-12T17:00:00Z

    Dr Jennifer Woodruff Tait, managing editor of Christian History magazine, shares some of her thoughts around why CS Lewis continues to be so popular. She tells Ruth Jackson why they devoted an entire issue of the magazine to Lewis’ family and friends, and reflects on why he has had such a profound impact on her own life as a woman, despite him sometimes being accused of sexism.

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    The CS Lewis Podcast #102 Alister McGrath: The CS Lewis phenomenon

    2023-04-24T17:00:00Z

    In the final episode of our series focussing on McGrath’s book, CS Lewis: A Life, we look at why someone who expected to be forgotten within five years of his death has had such a lasting impact. Why is CS Lewis still so popular and how long will his appeal last? Plus, this is your last chance to register for the opportunity to win a copy of McGrath’s seminal biography of Lewis.

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    The CS Lewis Podcast #101 Alister McGrath: Suffering, death and Lewis’ final years

    2023-04-17T17:00:00Z

    In the 14th episode of our series focussing on McGrath’s book, CS Lewis: A Life, we look at Lewis’ deep anguish following the death of his wife, Joy Davidman, and explore his approach to suffering in A Grief Observed.

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    The CS Lewis Podcast #100 Alister McGrath: 100th special celebrating CS Lewis’ legacy and how he can help renew the Church

    2023-04-10T17:00:00Z

    In this special episode, we take a break from our series on Professor Alister McGrath’s seminal biography, CS Lewis: A Life, to celebrate reaching our 100th episode. Alister shares some of his thoughts around what modern readers can learn from Lewis and how he can help with the renewal of the Church.

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    The CS Lewis Podcast #99 Alister McGrath: The move to Cambridge

    2023-04-03T17:00:00Z

    In the 13th episode of our series focussing on McGrath’s book, CS Lewis: A Life, we cover some of the more difficult elements of Lewis’ life, including Warnie’s alcoholism, Mrs Moore’s dementia and his struggles at Oxford. We also explore his complicated relationship with Joy Davidman and look at why he moved to Cambridge University. Plus, don’t forget to register for the opportunity to win a copy of McGrath’s seminal biography of Lewis.

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    The CS Lewis Podcast #98 Alister McGrath: The imaginative world of Narnia

    2023-03-27T17:00:00Z

    In the twelfth episode of our series focussing on McGrath’s book, CS Lewis: A Life, we look at the character of Aslan and unpack some of the classical ideas, philosophy and theology expressed within the Narnia Chronicles. We also explore whether any of the content is sexist, racist or out of date. Plus, don’t forget to register for the opportunity to win a copy of McGrath’s seminal biography of Lewis.

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    The CS Lewis Podcast #97 Alister McGrath: The creation of Narnia

    2023-03-20T18:00:00Z

    In the eleventh episode of our series focussing on McGrath’s book, CS Lewis: A Life, we hear the inspiration behind the Narnia Chronicles and look at the important role imagination played in Lewis’ work. Plus, don’t forget to register for the opportunity to win a copy of McGrath’s seminal biography of Lewis.

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    The CS Lewis Podcast #96 Alister McGrath: A prophet without honour?

    2023-03-13T18:00:00Z

    In the tenth episode of our series focussing on McGrath’s book, CS Lewis: A Life, we explore the professional setbacks and personal trials Lewis encountered post Second World War. We also look at his move away from apologetics and why he declined a CBE. Plus, don’t forget to register for the opportunity to win a copy of McGrath’s seminal biography of Lewis.

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    The CS Lewis Podcast #95 Alister McGrath: CS Lewis’ international fame

    2023-03-06T18:00:00Z

    In the ninth episode of our series focussing on McGrath’s book, CS Lewis: A Life, we look at some of Lewis’ popular literature and how his rising fame affected his reputation as an Oxford scholar. We discuss The Great Divorce, the Ransom Trilogy and some of the strengths and weakness of Mere Christianity. Plus, it’s not too late to register for the opportunity to win a copy of McGrath’s seminal biography of Lewis.

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    The CS Lewis Podcast #94 Alister McGrath: The wartime apologist

    2023-02-27T16:45:00Z

    In the eighth episode of our series focussing on McGrath’s book, CS Lewis: A Life, Professor Alister McGrath shares some of Lewis’ thoughts on suffering. We also hear how and why Lewis was broadcast on BBC Radio during the Second World War and the impact this had. Plus, it’s not too late to register for the opportunity to win a copy of McGrath’s seminal biography of Lewis.

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    The CS Lewis Podcast #93 Alister McGrath: CS Lewis’ literary scholarship

    2023-02-20T18:00:00Z

    In the seventh episode of our series focussing on McGrath’s book CS Lewis: A Life, we explore why Lewis never used a typewriter, who the Inklings were and how they impacted his work, and what role women, such as Dorothy L Sayers, played in Lewis’ life. Plus, don’t forget to register to win a copy of McGrath’s seminal biography of Lewis.

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    The CS Lewis Podcast #92 Alister McGrath: The making of a Mere Christian

    2023-02-13T18:00:00Z

    In the sixth episode of our series focussing on McGrath’s book CS Lewis: A Life, we explore Lewis’ faith journey, looking at how and why he became a Christian. We also hear about the significant impact of JRR Tolkien. Plus, don’t forget to register to win a copy of McGrath’s seminal biography of Lewis.

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    The CS Lewis Podcast #91 Alister McGrath: CS Lewis’ early years at Magdalen college

    2023-02-07T10:00:00Z

    In the fifth episode of our series focussing on McGrath’s book CS Lewis: A Life, we look at some key moments in Lewis’ Oxford career, such as the death of his father. Plus, don’t forget to register to win a copy of McGrath’s seminal biography of Lewis.

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    The CS Lewis Podcast #89 Alister McGrath: CS Lewis and the Great War

    2023-01-23T18:00:00Z

    In the third episode of our series focussing on McGrath’s book CS Lewis: A Life, we explore Lewis’ experience of the First World War and the significant relationships he formed during this time, such as with the Moore family. We also delve into Lewis’ interest in sadomasochism! Plus, a quick reminder of our competition to win a copy of McGrath’s seminal biography of Lewis.

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    The CS Lewis Podcast #88 Alister McGrath: CS Lewis’ unpleasant schooldays

    2023-01-16T18:00:00Z

    In the second episode of a new series focussing on McGrath’s book CS Lewis: A Life, we look at why Lewis found school so thoroughly unpleasant and how it helped to cement his growing atheism. Plus, we launch a competition to win a copy of McGrath’s book.