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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.

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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.

    #166 Philip Tallon: Is pain a megaphone?

    #166 Philip Tallon: Is pain a megaphone?

    Can pain ever be good for us? What about children with cancer? How do we account for animal suffering? Will our pets be in heaven? Does our theology of heaven impact our thoughts around suffering? 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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    #165 Philip Tallon: Is pain a problem?

    #165 Philip Tallon: Is pain a problem?

    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. What are the critiques of this book and can any of these challenges be overcome?
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    #164 Johan Erasmus: Coming to faith via Richard Dawkins and CS Lewis

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

    Can Lewis still speak to us today? 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. You can hear more of his story in Coming To Faith Through Dawkins.
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    #163 Matthew Brown: What would Sigmund Freud and CS Lewis discuss?

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

    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. The film, which features Sir Anthony Hopkins, Matthew Goode and Liv Lisa Fries, raises questions about the existence of God, the prevalence of human suffering and the perceived conflict between religion and science. What would Freud and Lewis have spoken about if they had met? How can we model civil conversation with those we vehemently disagree with? What can we learn from Lewis and Freud in today's society?
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    • 36 min
    #162 Alister McGrath: Is there still a place for Lewis in today’s society?

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

    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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    #161 Alister McGrath: Your questions answered

    #161 Alister McGrath: Your questions answered

    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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352 Ratings

352 Ratings

DaveAttaway ,

CS Lewis podcast

I really enjoyed this week’s episode with the interview of Ruth Jackson from 2021. It was interesting to hear how she started the podcast and her connection with Alister McGrath. I can’t wait to go back and listen to the early episodes, especially when they discuss Mere Christianity! Thanks Ruth. Keep up the great work!!

*courtney m* ,

Brody

I agree with the podcast’s analysis on how C.S Lewis’s beliefs effected the story. I agree because after C.S Lewis’s beliefs were made clear I could better see why and how the aliens culture and beliefs came about as well as Ransoms.

Lackingnada ,

Stunning.

I am a 72 yo chagrined possessor of so many failures and faults, …. So undeserving of God’s consideration. But that doesn’t stop Him and doesn’t interfere w His provision. Thank you for wonderful interview. Delighted to see many more podcasts waiting. As well as web site! Very many thanks. Mary Ann

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