31Mar

(Re-Post) Essay Chat 19 – Screwtape Proposes a Toast (Brenton Dickieson)

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IN THIS REPEAT: An essay chat on "Screwtape Proposes a Toast"

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“Screwtape Proposes a Toast” is an essay that is indirectly a follow-up to the successful book The Screwtape Letters. Brenton Dickieson joins William O’Flaherty for an essay chat on this insightful piece that Wormwood never got to hear. It was first published in The Saturday Evening Post in 1959 (see below for a link to read it online) before being reprinted several times. The best place to get in print is either in The World’s Last Night or some editions of The Screwtape Letters. This is part of an occasional series exploring a single essay by Lewis to encourage you to read (or re-read) it and other essays by him that are often neglected.

Listen to Other Shows Brenton Has Been On:

29Mar

(Re-Post) Joy and Poetic Imagination (Dr. Stephen Thorson)

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IN THIS REPEAT: A show about Lewis and the impact and differences between him and Barfield.




Joy_and_Poetic_Imagination.jpgBefore Lewis embraced the Christian faith he had a lengthy debate with one of his friends, Owen Barfield about what would be considered involving subtle metaphysical and philosophical distinctions.  It became know as the "Great War." These disagreements impacted Lewis a lot, but this topic isn't often explored with much detail in biographies.  Joy and Poetic Imagination: Understanding C. S. Lewis's "Great War" with Owen Barfield and its Significance for Lewis's Conversion and Writings is a book by Dr. Stephen Thorson that examines the issue thoroughly. The following podcast is a brief interview with Stephen as well as a short talk he gave at the 2016 Taylor Colloquium.

26Mar

Introducing Why Read Lewis

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Why_Read_Lewis_-_Introduction_GRAPIC.jpgWelcome to a new occasional podcast series designed to encourage you to read books that C.S. Lewis wrote (or edited). Even those who have read a variety of works by him are surprised to learn he wrote more than forty during his lifetime. Additionally, there are numerous books (mostly essay collections) created after his death. As you are likely aware, Lewis wrote in a variety of styles or genres. How many have you read? This new podcast will usually focus on a SINGLE work by Lewis with between three to five individuals sharing thoughts about it. However, because this episode introduces the series, it has comments on six DIFFERENT titles (as noted in the picture). Dr. Michael Ward, Brenton Dickieson, Sørina Higgins, Dr. Crystal Hurd, Dr. Jerry Root and Mark Neal share in this introductory show.

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23Mar

(Re-Post) Another Anniversary Reflections on The Screwtape Letters

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IN THIS REPEAT: Last year was the 75th anniversary of the letters from Screwtape being released weekly before the book came out in 1942. Here's the second of two shows celebrating the landmark material. 


Another_75th_Screwtape_Reflections.jpgPreviously I did a podcast featuring a variety of guest reflecting on The Screwtape Letters. I'm doing that again today with six more individuals. The reason for this, in addition to The Screwtape Letters being my favorite book from Lewis, is the fact that it was 75 years ago this month (July) that Lewis wrote the original preface to his landmark work. Follow the link to the previous show to learn more background about the book. Comments today are from Dr. Michael Ward, Dr. Jim Buchholz, Sarah Waters, Rob Fennell, Peter S. Williams, Dr. Don Williams. For those who have websites you can follow the links below to learn more about them.

 

21Mar

(Re-Post) Keynote Highlights Taylor Colloquium 2016

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IN THIS REPEAT: From about nine months ago...parts of the keynotes from Taylor 2016 Colloquium.




Taylor_2016_Highlights.jpgHere's another podcast featuring content from the recent 2016 Taylor Colloquium. This time it's highlights from each of the three keynote addresses. That is, about fifteen minutes  of the talks are provided in this show. You'll hear Diana Glyer first as she talks about the process of writing and how Lewis and Tolkien often differed. Next is Sornia Higgins' presentation on the life of Charles Williams and finally, the last third of this podcast comes from Colin Duriez's speech on the critical friendship of Lewis and Owen Barfield. Please note that the last talk by Colin is more difficult to understand, as the place it was recorded in was different than the others and it turned out worse than expected.

20Mar

(Re-Post) Taylor Colloquium 2016 Panel Discussion

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IN THIS REPEAT: Last year's panel discussion from the 2016 Taylor Colloquium.




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What follows is the panel discussion from the 2016 Taylor Colloquium that was held at Taylor University in Indiana just a few weeks ago.  Joe Ricke moderated the session with the featured keynote speakers, Diana Glyer, Colin Duriez, and Sorina Higgins. Those attending will recall that Carol Zaleski joined in via the Internet, however the quality of the audio on my recording was too poor to include; so none of her comments are included in this podcast. Other than that, all of the panel discussion content is provided in the show.

Panel Speakers Websites:

17Mar

(Re-Post) Testing the Possibilities of the Screwtape-Ransom Speculative Universe (Brenton Dickieson)

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In this repeat: From 2016 - Is there a connection between Ransom and Screwtape?




Screwtape_Haunts_Eden_Brenton_Taylor_201Here's another short talk presented at the 2016 Colloquium at Taylor University. This one is from Brenton Dickieson, best known for his website A Pilgrim in Narnia. The full title of his paper was "When Screwtape Haunts in Eden: Testing the Possibilities of the Screwtape-Ransom Speculative Universe." A key part of what he shares is about how The Screwtape Letters may actually fit into the "Ransom fictional universe." Brenton has been on my podcast, All About Jack, several times before (see links below).

 

16Mar

(Re-Post) C. S. Lewis on Prayer (Video Study by Rev. David Beckmann)

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IN THIS REPEAT: The last new interview I did about a series of videos to help you understand Letters to Malcolm

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CSL_on_Prayer_Beckmann_Videos_.jpgHow familiar are with Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer? Rev. David Beckmann has studied this book a lot and given a variety of talks on it. Now he has pulled together that experience and put it into a series of online videos that was filmed in and around Oxford. That's why he's my guest on this new All About Jack podcast. Learn more about this eight-part series and where to go to watch the first session for free. Beckmann is an Anglican priest, recent director of the C. S. Lewis Study Center at the Kilns, and Moderator of the CS Lewis Society of Chattanooga.

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15Mar

(Re-Post) Preparing for Easter (New Lewis Book of Devotional Readings)

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IN THIS REPEAT: A reminder of a new collection of Lewis readings entitled Preparing for Easter.

Preparing_for_Easter_2017_.jpgHas celebrating the resurrection of Christ become routine for you each Easter? Learn about a new collection of devotional readings from the previously published writings of C.S. Lewis to help bring you to a renewed understanding of Jesus's sacrifice. Zach Kincaid is my guest for this podcast interview to talk about Preparing for Easter, a new resource for 2017. He went through all of Lewis's writings and selected the readings, along with two passages from the Bible to aid all Christians deepening their knowledge and appreciation of this holy season.

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14Mar

(Re-Post) 2017 Inklings Weekend in Montreat

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IN THIS REPEAT: FINAL reminder of the 2017 Inkling Weekend retreat in Montreat, N.C. that starts on March 31st.

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2017_Inklings_Weekend.jpgThe 2017 Inklings Weekend is approaching soon. This event will be in Montreat (N.C.) March 31st – April 2nd. Dr. Hal Poe, who organizes the weekend is the guest for the show. The theme this year is “”G. K. Chesterton and other Voices that Shaped C. S. Lewis.” Speakers at the event include Dr. Joseph Pearce, Nigel Goodwin, along with Don and Hal.

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12Mar

(Re-Post) 75th Anniversary Reflections on “The Weight of Glory”

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IN THIS REPEAT: From June, 2016 several guests shared their thoughts on the great sermon, "The Weight of Glory." 




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C.S. Lewis is known for many things, the least of which is the fact that he actually preached several sermons during his life. This month marks the 75th anniversary of what was first heard by those present at Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford on June 8, 1941. Later it became available as the now famous essay, "The Weight of Glory." The following are some reflections on this shorter work that has had a great impact on so many. They are from Rob Fennell, Peter S. Williams, Corey Latta, Sarah Waters, Will Vaus, Carolyn Curtis, Michael Ward and Karl Johnson.

10Mar

C. S. Lewis on Prayer (Video Study by Rev. David Beckmann)

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CSL_on_Prayer_Beckmann_Videos_.jpgHow familiar are with Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer? Rev. David Beckmann has studied this book a lot and given a variety of talks on it. Now he has pulled together that experience and put it into a series of online videos that was filmed in and around Oxford. That's why he's my guest on this new All About Jack podcast. Learn more about this eight-part series and where to go to watch the first session for free. Beckmann is an Anglican priest, recent director of the C. S. Lewis Study Center at the Kilns, and Moderator of the CS Lewis Society of Chattanooga.

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8Mar

(Re-Post) 200 Seconds in Hell with C.S. Lewis Episode 5

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IN THIS REPEAT: The last new (5th) episode of 200 Seconds series to encourage you to read The Screwtape Letters

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Democracy is a very important word here on Earth and in Hell. So much so, that the devils want to create confusion about what the word actually means. That's why their philological department is hard at work to keep the real meaning out of our minds. When you listen to the fifth episode of "200 Seconds in Hell with C.S. Lewis" you'll learn some of what Screwtape thinks about how the practical meaning of democracy can be twisted.

2017 is the 75th anniversary of when The Screwtape Letters was first published. So, why not read it again! And consider getting my enhanced study guide to help you enjoy it even more. Get a free 20 page PDF sample of my book via ScrewtapeCompanion.com.

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7Mar

(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.

 

6Mar

(Re-Post) 18r Essay Chat - On Three Ways of Writing for Children (Brenton Dickieson)

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IN THIS REPEAT: An essay chat on the shorter work by Lewis called "On Three Ways of Writing for Children."




On_Three_Ways_of_Writing_for_Children.jpThis week is the final "catch-up" of a previous essay chat that hadn't yet been re-released since changing podcast hosting to Podbean in late 2014. In the early 1950's Lewis began releasing a series of books that he is most associated with now. Lewis gave a talk in 1952 when less than half of his Narnia stories were published. The name of the essay version is "On Three Ways of Writing for Children." Brenton Dickieson, a frequent podcast guest explores this shorter work with host William O'Flaherty. The best place to find the article version is in a collection called On Stories.

 

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