5Dec

For the Sake of the Story (Dr. Donald T. Williams) 2016r

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For_the_Sake_of_the_Story.jpgThe 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 audio is from a video available online that includes a questions and answers segment not included here. Of special note is a new book by Dr. Williams that expands on many of the ideas presented in this talk. That new book (published December, 2016) is Deeper Magic: The Theology Behind The Writings of C.S.Lewis.

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2Dec

(Re-Post) What Lewis NEVER Wrote (with William O’Flaherty)

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In this repeat: A short talk I gave back in 2014 dealing with questionable quotations. 




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In this show I'm sharing a 20 minute academic paper I presented at Taylor University that was part of the 9th Frances White Ewbank Colloquium on C.S. Lewis & Friends and given on Friday, May 30, 2014. The presentation I did was on quotations falsely attributed to Lewis. It was called "What Lewis NEVER Wrote." Finally, when recording this talk I neglected to consider the fact that when I was advancing the PowerPoint presentation my recording device was too close to the computer...so you will unfortunately hear a lot of annoying clicks that I was unable to edit out of the audio. You can obtain the handout by the link below or scroll down to see the text.

29Nov

C.S. Lewis Retreat 2012 Panel Discussion pt. 2 (2016r)

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CSL_Foundation_2012_Panel_pt2.jpgThe following is the second and final part of the panel discussion from the 2012 C.S. Lewis Foundation Retreat where the theme was about The Great Divorce. A variety questions were covered (see list below) by the panel. Members of the panel were Joseph Pearce, Louis Markos, Diana Glyer, Andrew Lazo, and Doug Jackson. I (William O'Flaherty) was the moderator. A variety of questions and topics are covered; don't miss the final question - "What was the best idea or concept that Lewis created or adapted?"

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22Nov

(Re-Post) C. S. Lewis at Poets’ Corner [book] (Michael Ward)

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In this repeat: Events from 2013 on the anniversary of Lewis' dealth; an interview with Dr. Michael Ward about the book C.S. Lewis at Poets' Corner




CSL_at_Poets_Corner_book_.jpgBack in 2013 there were several events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of C.S. Lewis. The key celebrations of his life were held in England and centered around a special event known as C.S. Lewis at Poets' Corner. Now a book has been released sharing the updated transcripts of the talks, the memorial service, the Cambridge Conference and more. Returning guest Dr. Michael Ward spoke about the book that he and Peter S. Williams co-edited.

18Nov

(Re-Post) EC01r - “Sometimes Fairy Stories…” with Dr. Holly Ordway (Essay Chat)

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Here's a reminder of my occasional essay chat series with this re-post of the first one I did with Dr. Holly Ordway. Many people overlook the fact that Lewis work many shorter works. These essays cover a range of topics. 
 

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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."

11Nov

(Re-Post) C.S. Lewis at War Interview (Paul McCusker) 2016r

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In this repeat: Lewis was a veteran of WWi and he was informally involved in WWII. Learn more about the in this interview with Paul McCusker.

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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. In 2013, they released C.S. Lewis at War: The Dramatic Story Behind Mere Christianity. This is the focus on this podcast with William O'Flaherty.

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6Nov

C.S. Lewis Retreat 2012 Panel Discussion pt. 1 (2016r)

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The following is the first of a two-part panel discussion from the 2012 C.S. Lewis Foundation Retreat where the theme was about The Great Divorce. A variety questions were covered (see list below) by the panel. Members of the panel were Joseph Pearce, Louis Markos, Diana Glyer, Andrew Lazo, and Doug Jackson. I (William O'Flaherty) was the moderator. After hearing the voice of C.S. Lewis and the panel introduce themselves, the following questions are addressed:


1. Most surprising fact about Lewis
2. Lewis on End Times/Jews
3. Why the Characters in The Great Divorce are Greeted by Those Who Greet Them
4. Does Lewis Address "Calling Down Heaven?"

31Oct

(Re-Post) COMPLETE Walter Hooper Interview 2016

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In this repeat: My recent interview with Walter Hooper from summer 2016.




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The following is the complete interview (nearly 60 minutes) with Walter Hooper. It was recording in his home on July 20, 2016. As you likely know, Walter has been the central figure since the death of C.S. Lewis in making sure Lewis' writing that were published in his life were reprinted and also Hooper has edited the majority of material from Lewis that was previously unpublished. His C.S. Lewis - A Companion and Guide gives the best single volume summary of the works of Lewis and key facts about his life.

27Oct

(Re-Post) The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis (Mark Neal)

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In this repeat: Here's a chat I had in early 2016 with the co-author of The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis.





ImaginationInterviewMarkNeal.jpgPreviously William O'Flaherty spoke with Dr. Jerry Root about The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis before the book was available to own. What follows is a conversation with the other co-author of the work, Mark Neal. This podcast covers more specifically what is in the combined effort from Root and Neal. Detailed examples are given from each of the two major sections of the book in addition to providing further information about the remarkable imagination Lewis had and how you can develop your's better.


25Oct

(Re-Post) The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis (Dr. Jerry Root)

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In this repeat: Dr. Jerry Root recently spoke in MI about his book The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis, so I thought I'd re-share my conversation with him about it from before the book came out.




TheSuprisingImaginationofCSLewis.jpgDr. Jerry Root is a well respected scholar on C.S. Lewis and a much sought after speaker in general. Jerry sat down with William O'Flaherty just before the start of the CSLIS conference (that was held at Grove City this year) to talk about a forthcoming book entitled The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis that is due out in September (2015). Dr. Root is an Associate Professor at Wheaton College and Director of Wheaton Evangelism Initiative, Billy Graham Center for Evangelism.


23Oct

(Re-Post) Bilbo’s Journey (Dr. Joseph Pearce) 2016r

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In this repeat: Looking at The Hobbit with Dr. Joseph Pearce...my last "new to you" podcast.




Bilbo_s_Journey.jpgHere's another show first released in 2013, but not available again until now because I changed where my podcast audio is hosted. It's a book interview about that's mostly indirectly related to Lewis. Dr. Joseph Pearce has written about Lewis, but this conversation focuses on a book he wrote about The Hobbit (a title that Lewis enjoyed greatly). It's called Bilbo's Journey: Discovering the Hidden Meaning of The Hobbit. At the time I first released the interview only the first of three Hobbit movies had been on the big screen. He shares a few thoughts on that debut effort, along with some views about why Lewis is popular fifty years after his death. 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.


20Oct

(Re-Post) 75 Masterpieces Every Christian Should Know (Terry Glaspey)

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In this repeat: From earlier this year, a chat with Terry Glaspey about 75 Masterpieces Every Christian Should Know. 




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Christians have been involved in making great Art (in the general sense of that word) for many centuries. While not all who were Believers lived a perfect life, what they created has been acknowledged to be great works, or "masterpieces." William O'Flaherty spoke with Terry Glaspey about this topic which is explored in his book 75 Masterpieces Every Christian Should Know. Of course, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien are among them.

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17Oct

Bilbo’s Journey (Dr. Joseph Pearce) 2016r

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Bilbo_s_Journey.jpgHere's another show first released in 2013, but not available again until now because I changed where my podcast audio is hosted. It's a book interview about that's mostly indirectly related to Lewis. Dr. Joseph Pearce has written about Lewis, but this conversation focuses on a book he wrote about The Hobbit (a title that Lewis enjoyed greatly). It's called Bilbo's Journey: Discovering the Hidden Meaning of The Hobbit. At the time I first released the interview only the first of three Hobbit movies had been on the big screen. He shares a few thoughts on that debut effort, along with some views about why Lewis is popular fifty years after his death. 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.


15Oct

(Re-Post) Narnia Books Miniseries 02 Prince Caspian

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In this repeat:




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This is the second is a special series on the books in the Narnia series. Previously this podcast had not been share on All About Jack because it was created for another venture (that is now inactive). Returning to help co-host are Paul Martin (from NarniaFans.com) and Dr. Crystal Hurd. Dr. Devin Brown (author of Inside Prince Caspian and other titles) is the special guest to explore the book Prince Caspian. Feel free to leave questions or comments below. Next time the book The Voyage of the Dawn Treader will be tackled with Will Vaus. 

Each show is basically divided into the following segments:

The Story Behind the Story
Short Summary of the Book
Favorite Characters Discussion
Unique Aspects of this Story
General Discussion (a variety of questions related to the book)

13Oct

(Re-Post) Narnia Books Miniseries 01 LWW

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In this repeat: This month we celebrate the 66th anniversary of the release of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Here's a podcast about the BOOK.




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Back in 2013 I did a miniseries on The Chronicles of Narnia. For it there was one show for each of the seven books and a different special guest. Co-hosting with me for nearly all of the shows were Paul Martin from NarniaFans.com and Dr. Crystal Hurd.  Dr. Bruce Edwards discusses The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in this premiere episode. Feel free to leave questions or comments below. Next week Dr. Devin Brown will tackle Prince Caspian.

Each show is basically divided into the following segments:

The Story Behind the Story
Short Summary of the Book
Favorite Characters Discussion
Unique Aspects of this Story
General Discussion (a variety of questions related to the book)

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