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Interviews and Information about C.S. Lewis
Anniversary Reflections #2
November 29, 2013 05:49 AM PST
Many are reflecting on the 50th anniversary of C.S. Lewis's death, but today (11/29) is the 115th anniversary of his birth. The follow interview features three people I've had as a guest previously sharing their thoughts on several questions I asked them related to aspects of Lewis's works they've enjoyed and how his material has impacted their life. These guests are Peter Williams, Dr. Charlie Starr and Colin Duriez.
Anniversary Reflections #1
November 22, 2013 03:20 AM PST
Many are reflecting on the fact that November 22, 2013 is the 50th anniversary of C.S. Lewis's death. The follow interview features three people I've had as a guest previously sharing their thoughts on several questions I asked them related to aspects of Lewis's works they've enjoyed and how his material has impacted their life. These guests are Dr. Joseph Pearce, Dr. Joel Heck and Kevin Belmonte.
November 15, 2013 03:06 AM PST
Paul McCusker is the Creative Director at Focus on the Family. Many know him for his involvement in Adventures in Odyssey where he has written over 300 shows; and of course he helped create the Radio Theatre Production of The Chronicles of Narnia. Just recently a new radio drama called C.S. Lewis at War: The Dramatic Story Behind Mere Christianity was released and that was the focus on this interview with William O'Flaherty.
The Singing Bowl (Malcolm Guite)
November 12, 2013 04:20 AM PST
Malcolm Guite is one of the contributors to The Cambridge Guide to C.S. Lewis and the author of many poems. Just coming out in November, 2013 is his collection of poems called The Singing Bowl. Dr. Crystal Hurd caught up with Malcolm recently for this brief interview about it and about the special event where Lewis is being honored in Poets’ Corner.
Live Like a Narnian (Joe Rigney)
November 06, 2013 06:25 AM PST
How would your life be if you lived the positive traits from the characters in the Narnia stories? Joe Rigney tackles the topic in his debut book, Live Like a Narnianin this interview with William O’Flaherty. Joe is from Bethlehem College and Seminary and was one of the speakers at the recent Desiring God conference on C.S. Lewis.
Poets' Corner Memorial (Dr. Michael Ward) *REPEAT*
November 03, 2013 07:24 AM PST
There are plans to place a memorial stone at Poets' Corner to honor C.S. Lewis on November 22, 2013. William O'Flaherty spoke with Dr. Michael Ward about that event, which includes a brief conference.
October 29, 2013 06:06 PM PDT
The following is an encore presentation: The New York C.S. Lewis Society is one of many places holding a special celebration of the author's life during the fifty's anniversary of his death. Their event is called C.S. Lewis: In Memoriam and is co-sponsored by the Sheen Center. It is a one-day event; on Saturday, November 23rd. William O'Flaherty spoke with James Como (author of several books about Lewis) who the emcee of the event.
NarniaCast Special - Both Parts of The Silver Chair Movie Discussion
October 23, 2013 03:30 AM PDT
As you may have heard, on Monday (10/21) over at NarniaCast.com I released the first part of a special podcast discussing the news of The Silver Chair being the next Narnia movie. The second part won't release there until the 28th, but you can hear BOTH parts here!
That's right....hear the complete 60 minutes of discussion before the last half is available on NarniaCast.com
My guests for this were Dr. Charlie Starr, Dr. Devin Brown, Dr. Bruce Edwards, Dr. Crystal Hurd and Paul Martin. They joined me via Skype on October 14th to chat.
The A – Z of C.S. Lewis (Colin Duriez)
October 14, 2013 04:24 AM PDT
Some are surprised to learn how diverse of a writer Lewis was. Finding a good single resource on an overview of him and his writings can be a challenge. That's were The A - Z of C.S. Lewis comes in. It's the latest book by Colin Duriez and is an update of The C.S. Lewis Encyclopedia. In this interview Colin provides details about the layout of the book and shares some selections from it.
C.S. Lewis and the Arts (Dr. Rod Miller)
October 08, 2013 04:39 AM PDT
How should Christians engages "the Arts" and what do we mean by "the Arts"? That's what an upcoming book that is a collection of essays attempts to answer. William O'Flaherty spoke with Dr. Rod Miller, the editor and one of the writers of C.S. Lewis and the Arts: Creativity in the Shadowlands. The book is due out at the end of November 2013. Other authors include David Downing, Don King, Charlie Starr and Will Vaus.
Douglas Gresham Interview (50th Anniversary Reflections)
September 25, 2013 05:08 AM PDT
To many Douglas Gresham needs no introduction. For those who are not aware, he is one of C.S. Lewis's stepsons and the point-person for all things from the Lewis Estate. I caught up with him on 9/24/13, the morning after he spoke at Asbury University. Previously he wrote two books related to Lewis, Lenten Lands and Jack's Life. I spoke with him about Narnia (the books and the movies), the Ransom Trilogy, Lewis's habits and how he dealt with failure and disappointment among other issues.
C.S. Lewis From Only Surviving Broadcast Talk
September 18, 2013 10:20 AM PDT
Instead of a repeat interview this week I'm sharing a special recording of C.S. Lewis's actual voice! The following is the only surviving recording (from three that were made) from the broadcast talks he did that eventually became Mere Christianity. It was recorded on March 21, 1944 and heard on the BBC on April 4, 1944. It was the seventh and final talk and became the 11th chapter of Beyond Personality (book four on Mere Christianity). Note the book version is somewhat different.
NarniaCast: Ep. 1 – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (guest: Dr. Bruce Edwards)
September 10, 2013 05:33 PM PDT
Welcome to the first episode of NarniaCast, a brand new mini-series looking at the world of Narnia created by C.S. Lewis.
There will be one show for each Narnia book. Co-hosts for the shows are William O’Flaherty, Paul Martin and Dr. Crystal Hurd. A different special guest will join them for the podcast.
Dr. Bruce Edwards discusses The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in this premiere episode.
C.S. Lewis Calendar and Socratic Digest (with Dr. Joel Heck)
August 29, 2013 11:36 AM PDT
A variety of resources about C.S. Lewis or his works exist. Some are more unique than others, like Visiting with C.S. Lewis: A Perpetual Calendar created by Dr. Joel Heck and a collection called Socratic Digest that the following interview explores. The first is a calendar good for any year and the latter contains all five volumes when Lewis was with the Oxford Socratic Club. Previously I spoke with Dr. Heck about his book Irrigating Deserts.
August 21, 2013 05:45 AM PDT
The following part of an occasional series where I chat with a Lewis expert about one of his shorter works. This is with Brenton Dickieson, who maintains a popular blog called "A Pilgrim in Narnia." The essay we examine is "On Three Ways of Writing for Children" which can be found in On Stories.A Life Observed (with Dr. Devin Brown)
August 14, 2013 04:36 AM PDT
This is the third and last new biography on C.S. Lewis for 2013, the 50th anniversary of his death. This episode is with Dr. Devin Brown and his book entitled A Life Observed: A Spiritual Biography of C.S. Lewis. Previously Devin has been my guest speaking about The Christian World of The Hobbit.
The Romantic Rationalist (Desiring God Conference on C.S. Lewis)
July 14, 2013 12:19 PM PDT
Dr. John Piper has spoken about the influence C.S. Lewis has had on his life, but the upcoming Desiring God conference is the first to focus on it. "The Romantic Rationalist: God, Life & Imagination in the Work of C.S. Lewis" features several nationally known speakers besides Dr. Piper. The following is an interview with David Mathis from Desiring God Ministries about this event being held September 27th-29th in Minneapolis.
July 10, 2013 06:07 AM PDT
In April 2012 I first posted this interview with Richard Platt, author of As One Devil to Another. At the time the book had only recently been released. While this is his first novel, Richard has been a reader of C.S. Lewis for many year and a big fan of The Screwtape Letters (which is what inspired his book).
Poets' Corner Memorial (Dr. Michael Ward)
July 03, 2013 04:44 AM PDT
There are plans to place a memorial stone at Poets' Corner to honor C.S. Lewis on November 22, 2013. The following is an interview with Dr. Michael Ward about that event, which includes a brief conference.
C.S. Lewis vs the New Atheists (Peter S. Williams)
June 25, 2013 06:07 PM PDT
Peter S. Williams has been called “a bright, young British philosopher and skilful debater” by William Lane Craig. While an author of several books, C.S. Lewis vs. the New Atheists is his first devoted just to Lewis. This book was just released in February 2013 and the interview was recorded via Skype just a few days ago.
EC04r - "Is Theology Poetry?" with Dr. Holly Ordway (Essay Chat)
June 17, 2013 04:36 AM PDT
The following is a repeat of the fourth "essay chat" program. For those not familiar with it, the purpose of this show is to focus on a single essay (or similar shorter work) by C.S. Lewis and discuss it with another Lewis expert or enthusiast. The essay discusses is "Is Theology Poetry?" and my guest is Dr. Holly Ordway.
June 10, 2013 06:11 AM PDT
Two months ago Dr. Charlie Starr came to Morgantown, WV as a guest speaker to kick-off the start of the C.S. Lewis Society of Morgantown. Dr. Starr teaches English, Humanities, and Film at Kentucky Christian University and is the author of Light: C.S. Lewis's First and Final Short Story. The following is the main part of his talk about Lewis's life.
EC03r - "Period Criticism" with Kevin Belmonte (Essay Chat)
June 03, 2013 05:58 AM PDT
In 2012 I started an occasional series of chats about a single essay by Lewis. The following is the third in that series of "essay chats." The shorter worker being explored today with Kevin Belmonte is "Period Criticism." Belmonte is the author of several books, including Defiant Joy: The Remarkable Life & Impact of G.K. Chesterton. "Period Criticism" is found in On Stories.Speaking of Jack (Will Vaus) - REPEAT
May 27, 2013 08:52 AM PDT
The first interview I ever did for my C.S. Lewis hobby was with Will Vaus about his (then) latest book called Speaking of Jack: A C.S. Lewis Discussion Guide. Vaus, an international speaker, is the author of many books specializing in Lewis and Narnia. Be sure to follow the other links below for additional times I've had him on the program.
May 20, 2013 02:00 AM PDT
The New York C.S. Lewis Society is one of many places holding a special celebration of the author's life during the fifty's anniversary of his death. Their event is called C.S. Lewis: In Memoriam and is co-sponsered by the Sheen Center. It is a one-day event; on Saturday, November 23rd. William O'Flaherty spoke with James Como, author of several books about Lewis and the emcee of the event.
May 13, 2013 05:43 AM PDT
Colin Duriez is what you might call "an expert to the experts." He is among the top writers/scholars on not only C.S. Lewis, but also J.R.R. Tolkien. Just releasing now is his book C.S. Lewis: A Biography of Friendship. William O'Flaherty spoke with him about this title and why he chose to portray the life of Lewis through his friends.
May 06, 2013 04:45 AM PDT
In 2012 I started an occasional series of chats about a single essay by Lewis. The following is the second one (and one of the more popular chats) I did with Dr. Bruce Johnson, the Associate Editor of Sehnsucht: The C.S. Lewis Journal. The essay we discussed was "The Necessity of Chivalry," which is found in Present Concerns.The Marion E. Wade Center (Dr. Christopher Mitchell) - REPEAT
April 29, 2013 04:27 AM PDT
In 2012 I interviewed with Dr. Christopher Mitchell, who is the director of the Wade Center. He is also the Assistant Professor of Theological Studies at Wheaton College, Illinois. The Wade Center is your one-stop place in the U.S. for books, manuscripts, letters and other writings for C.S. Lewis and six other noted British authors.
Max McLean from The Screwtape Letters Stage Production
April 22, 2013 04:19 AM PDT
Max McLean's stage production of The Screwtape Letters has been a hit in major cities across the United States. The play features Screwtape (frequently performed by McLean) and his assistant, Toadpipe in a witty adaptation of the book. William O'Flaherty spoke with him by phone on April 17, 2013 about his work that could be coming to a city near you.
April 15, 2013 06:07 AM PDT
The following part of an occasional series where I chat with a Lewis expert about one of his shorter works. This is with Dr. Charlie Starr, who in 2012 came out with the book, Light: C.S. Lewis's First and Final Story. Dr. Starr teaches English, Humanities, and Film at Kentucky Christian University. The essay is "Horrid Red Things" and it can be found in God in the Dock.
April 08, 2013 07:23 AM PDT
I spoke with Dr. Louis Markos, professor in English at Houston Baptist University in early 2012 about his book Apologetics for the Twenty-first Century. This book is not just about C.S. Lewis, but a majority of it does deal with his views on the topic of Apologetics. Dr. Markos has also written several other books related to C.S. Lewis and I’ve interviewed him about some of those which can be found at the links below.
April 01, 2013 07:12 AM PDT
The following is a repeat of the debut show I've simply called an "essay chat." For those not familiar with it, the purpose of this program is to focus on a single essay (or similar shorter work) by C.S. Lewis and discuss it with another Lewis expert or enthusiast. This first one was done with Dr. Holly Ordway on the essay "Sometimes Fairy Stories Say Best What's to be Said."
March 25, 2013 04:56 AM PDT
No doubt you have heard about the new biography C.S. Lewis - A Life by Dr. Alister McGrath. Dr. McGrath is a priest ordained in the Church of England and Professor of Theology, Ministry and Education at King's College London. Formerly he was Professor of Historical Theology at Oxford University. I was granted one of the few interviews with him last week on March 20th just hours before he spoke at Wheaton College.
C S Lewis & Philosophy as a Way of Life (Dr. Adam Barkman)
March 21, 2013 06:23 AM PDT
Recently I spoke with Dr. Adam Barkman about his 2009 book C.S. Lewis & Philosophy as a Way of Life. Dr. Barkman is the Associate Professor Of Philosophy at Redeemer College University in Ontario, Canada. His book is a complete look at the philosophical development of Lewis and the various views he held within specific areas of philosophy.
March 14, 2013 05:15 AM PDT
The following is the main part of an inaugural lecture from Dr. Donald T. Williams called "For the Sake of the Story: Doctrine and Discernment in Reading C.S. Lewis." Dr. Williams is a Professor of English and Chair of the Humanities and Natural Sciences Department at Toccoa Falls College in Northeast Georgia. This special audio is from a video available online that includes a questions and answers segment not included here.
March 07, 2013 03:52 AM PST
Dr. Don King has a new book out called Plain to the Inward Eye. In this episode William O'Flaherty discusses the collection of essays (mostly previously published) that are in the book and his thoughts on Dr. Alister McGrath's new biography on Lewis.An Inklings Weekend in Montreat (Dr. Hal Poe)
February 28, 2013 04:24 AM PST
The Inklings Fellowship is having "An Inklings Weekend in Montreat (N.C.) this April 5-7. Dr. Hal Poe, who is from the organizing group, is the guest for the show. He also shares about other events they have, including one this summer in Oxford.
February 21, 2013 07:31 AM PST
William O'Flaherty spoke with Dr. Charlie W. Starr just as his new book was released at the 2012 C.S. Lewis Colloquium at Taylor University. Light: C.S. Lewis's First and Final Short Story tells the story of how a manuscript surfaced that appeared to be a different version of "The Man Born Blind." The book reveals the results of his investigation and includes interpretations of "Light."
February 14, 2013 04:28 AM PST
Dr. Crystal Hurd was another of the individuals reading a paper at the 2012 C.S. Lewis Colloquium at Taylor University. Crystal is an educator and researcher from Virginia who is currently researching the role of artists as leaders. Her 20 minute talk was entitled "C.S. Lewis as Transformational Leader."
February 07, 2013 12:11 PM PST
Here's another of the talks given at the 2012 C.S. Lewis Colloquium at Taylor University. Will Vaus, author of several books on Lewis, spoke on "C.S. Lewis' Reading of George MacDonald." Previously I've had him as a guest talking about two of his books and he has also done an essay chat with me.
January 31, 2013 04:48 AM PST
As all of the papers from last year's the 2012 C.S. Lewis Colloquium at Taylor University have been posted I thought it would be good to share another of the 20 minutes talks. This one is from Dr. Donald T. Williams. He is a Professor of English and Chair of the Humanities and Natural Sciences Department at Toccoa Falls College in Northeast Georgia. He shared a portion of his book Reflections from Plato’s Cave: Essays in Evangelical Philosophy called "A Tryst with the Transcendentals: C.S. Lewis on Beauty, Truth, and Goodness, Part II: Truth" You can follow along by downloading the paper with the link below.
Bilbo's Journey (Interview with Dr. Joseph Pearce)
January 24, 2013 04:49 AM PST
I spoke with Dr. Joseph Pearce about his recent book Bilbo's Journey: Discovering the Hidden Meaning of The Hobbit. Dr. Pearce is Writer in Residence and Visiting Fellow at Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Merrmack, New Hampshire and the author of C.S. Lewis and the Catholic Church. I also asked Dr. Pearce his thoughts on the first movie on The Hobbit.
Teaching Screwtape for a New Generation (Talk by Brenton Dickieson)
January 17, 2013 07:07 AM PST
Here's another short (20 minute) paper that was presented last year at the 2012 C.S. Lewis Colloquium at Taylor University. It is by Brenton Dickieson from the University of Prince Edward Island in Canada. While listening be sure to watch the Prezi presentation (link below).
January 10, 2013 06:38 AM PST
Here's a short (20 minute) paper I read last year at the 2012 C.S. Lewis Colloquium at Taylor University. My title was "C. S. Lewis: An Overlooked 1963 Monograph by Roger Lancelyn Green." It explored a little known book by Green that was released the same year Lewis died.
Best of 2012 Essay Chats
December 31, 2012 02:00 AM PST
For the final day of 2012 I'm featuring segments from the three most listened to essay chats. They were: 1. "Meditation in a Toolshed" with Dr. Bruce Edwards, 2. "The Necessity of Chivalry" with Dr. Bruce Johnson and 3. "Is Theology Poetry?" with Dr. Holly Ordway. If you want to hear each of the complete chats use the links after thos for learning more about the guests.
To listen to the complete essay chat from each of the guests, visit the following posts:C.S. Lewis Retreat 2012 Panel Discussion (Part Two)
December 24, 2012 07:45 AM PST
The following is the second (and final part) from the 2012 C.S. Lewis Retreat. It is the Panel Discussion I hosted. The names of the panel are listed below with links to places online to learn more about them.
Visit Various Websites of Panel:C.S. Lewis Retreat 2012 Panel Discussion (Part One)
December 17, 2012 08:13 AM PST
The following is the first (of two parts) from the 2012 C.S. Lewis Retreat. It is the Panel Discussion I hosted. The names of the panel are listed below with links to places online to learn more about them. Next week the second part will be posted.
Visit Various Websites of Panel:The Christian World of The Hobbit SERIES 05 (with Dr. Devin Brown)
December 10, 2012 01:00 AM PST
This is the fifth and final episode in a special interview series with Dr. Devin Brown about his book The Christian World of The Hobbit. This show focuses on chapter five, "Response and Legacy." As before, Sørina Higgins joins William O'Flaherty to co-host.The Christian World of The Hobbit Series 04 (with Dr. Devin Brown)
December 03, 2012 01:00 AM PST
This is the fourth episode on a special five-part interview series with Dr. Devin Brown about his book The Christian World of The Hobbit. This show focuses on chapter four, "'I Don’t Think I Ought To': The Moral Landscape in The Hobbit." As before, Sørina Higgins joins William O'Flaherty to co-host.
November 26, 2012 03:00 AM PST
This is the third episode on a special five-part interview series with Dr. Devin Brown about his book The Christian World of The Hobbit. This show focuses on chapter three, "'Very Good for You': Purpose in The Hobbit." As before, Sørina Higgins joins William O'Flaherty to co-host.
November 19, 2012 02:00 AM PST
This is the second episode of a special short-term interview series on The Christian World of The Hobbit with Dr. Devin Brown. Each show will focus on one of the chapters in the book. My special co-host for this project is Sørina Higgins. This episode is called "Providence in The Hobbit."
November 12, 2012 07:58 AM PST
This is the debut episode of a special short-term interview series on The Christian World of The Hobbit with Dr. Devin Brown. Each show will focus on one of the chapters in the book. My special co-host for this project is Sørina Higgins. This episode is called "An 'Essentially' Christian Story."
November 05, 2012 04:13 AM PST
This week highlights a previous interview with Dr. Louis Markos, author of several C.S. Lewis related books. William O'Flaherty spoke with him about Restoring Beauty: The Good, the True, and the Beautiful in the Writings of C. S. Lewis. This was also an early reveal about an upcoming movie on the life of C.S. Lewis whose details are still being negotiated.
Reflections from Plato's Cave (Interview with Dr. Donald Williams)
October 29, 2012 04:46 AM PDT
Dr. Donald T. Williams is a Professor of English and Chair of the Humanities and Natural Sciences Department at Toccoa Falls College in Northeast Georgia. While he’s written several books related to C.S. Lewis, the focus of this interview is on his book Reflections from Plato’s Cave: Essays in Evangelical Philosophy that was released earlier this year.On The Shoulders of Hobbits (Interview with Dr. Louis Markos)
October 15, 2012 04:48 AM PDT
Dr. Louis Markos has written several books on C.S. Lewis and some have been highlighted here before. Recently he released a new book dealing with the fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien AND C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia. It's called On the Shoulders of Hobbits: The Road to Virtue with Tolkien and Lewis. The following link is an interview William O'Flaherty did with him about this new book.
October 08, 2012 02:00 AM PDT
For the last ten years the C.S. Lewis Foundation has hosted a retreat at Camp Allen in Texas. This year's event is November 9th - 11th. William O'Flaherty spoke with Andrew Lazo about it. Andrew is an author and educator who is also the Special Programs Coordinator for them.The theme for the retreat is "Choosing Heaven: Eternity in the Here & Now."
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