20Sep

(Re-Post) Discussing Mere Christianity (Dr. Devin Brown)

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IN THIS REPEAT: Details about an eight week guide to Mere Christianity 




DiscussingMereChristianity.jpgSaying Mere Christianity is a book that has influence millions of people would not only be obvious, but also an understatement! Yet, despite it's nearly universal appeal, there are those who have difficulty "getting into it." This might be because the material is over 70 years old (they were first radio talks in the 1940's) and they were mostly aimed at a British audience. That was part of the motivation behind the creation of Discussing Mere Christianity that is available as an eight-part video and study guide (each can be purchased separately or together). The DVD is hosted by Eric Metaxas and the study guide was written by Dr. Devin Brown. While not an in-depth study, it focuses on key aspects of Lewis's landmark book. Various experts lead the actual sessions that are just under 25 minutes. They are Dr. Alister McGrath, Dr. Jerry Root, Philip Yancey, Dr. Diana Glyer, Dr. Joseph Pearce and Dr. Devin Brown.

 

19Sep

(Re-Post) Exploring C.S. Lewis Misquotes and Misconceptions - Episode 5

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Podcast_EXPLORING_-_5.jpgThis is the fifth podcast episode in the series on "Misquotes and Misconceptions." Returning guest host for this show is Rev. David Beckmann. Previously he was interviewed about a video series he produced entitled C.S. Lewis on Prayer (link below). This time he asks William O'Flaherty questions about a couple of confusing aspects of Lewis' life. The topics are listed below (that also link to an article online) to help you better understand the issue that is questioned.

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MATERIAL DISCUSSED IN THE SHOW (False Claims):

 

17Sep

(Re-Post) Shining Light on Screwtape’s Darkest Secret (William O’Flaherty)

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IN THIS REPEAT: A talk I gave in early April, 2016 about a running theme in The Screwtape Letters.




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I just gave the following talk on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the Inklings Fellowship Weekend Retreat that was held in Montreat, NC at Montreat College. It was also the public debut of my first book C.S. Lewis Goes to Hell: A Companion and Study Guide to The Screwtape Letters. While I do give a summary of the unique aspects of my book, the main focus of the talk is about the devils' secret weapon that is mentioned in nearly all of the letters. My book just list them, but this presentation provides more details and gives a practical application to one's life. Visit my website to contact me about giving this talk or a three or four part presentation on all of the places this weapon is mentioned or alluded to.

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15Sep

(Re-Post) The Screwtape Letters Stage Production (2015r)

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In this repeat: Sharing again my interview with Max McLean about his Screwtape stage play.




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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 back in 2013 about this work and related matters, including the stage version of The Great Divorce that began touring since the original posting of this interview. Follow the appropriate link below to see when either is at a city near you.
 
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14Sep

(Re-Post) A Life Observed (with Dr. Devin Brown)

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IN THIS REPEAT: Another interview from 2013; the final major biography on Lewis from that year. This one is with Dr. Devin Brown, author of several popular Inklings-related books. 


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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
 

13Sep

Exploring C.S. Lewis Misquotes and Misconceptions - Episode 5

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Podcast_EXPLORING_-_5.jpgThis is the fifth podcast episode in the series on "Misquotes and Misconceptions." Returning guest host for this show is Rev. David Beckmann. Previously he was interviewed about a video series he produced entitled C.S. Lewis on Prayer (link below). This time he asks William O'Flaherty questions about a couple of confusing aspects of Lewis' life. The topics are listed below (that also link to an article online) to help you better understand the issue that is questioned.

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MATERIAL DISCUSSED IN THE SHOW (False Claims):

 

12Sep

(Re-Post) C.S. Lewis: A Biography of Friendship (Colin Duriez)

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IN THIS REPEAT: My 2013 interview with Colin Duriez on his biography on Lewis. 


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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.

11Sep

(Re-Post) Exploring C.S. Lewis Misquotes and Misconceptions - Episode 4

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IN THIS REPEAT: My last new show, the fourth in a series on Lewis Misquotes and Misconceptions about him.

Podcast_EXPLORING_-_4.jpgThis is the fourth podcast episode in the series on "Misquotes and Misconceptions." Returning guest host for this show is Corey Latta. Previously he helped with the second program and he was also interviewed about a book he wrote entitled C.S. Lewis and the Art of Writing (link below). This time he asks William O'Flaherty questions about quotations credited to Lewis that are mostly close to what he did write. These are usually paraphrases of what Lewis wrote. The key words of those sayings are listed below (that also link to an article online) to help you better understand the quote in question.

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10Sep

(Re-Post) C.S. Lewis - A Life (Biography by Dr. Alister McGrath)

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IN THIS REPEAT: This interview is from 2013 when several biographies on C.S. Lewis came out. I spoke with Dr. McGrath by phone about what he wrote.

 

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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 (2013) just hours before he spoke at Wheaton College.

9Sep

(Re-Post) CSL - Life, Works and Legacy pt. 2 (Dr. Bruce Edwards)

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IN THIS REPEAT: The second of a two-part interview with the late Dr. Bruce Edwards about a four-volume set he edited. 




CSLLifeWorksLegacypt2.jpgThis is the second of a two-part interview that William O’Flaherty had with Dr. Bruce Edwards about C.S. Lewis: Life, Works, and Legacy, a four-volume set of books that came out in 2007. It a title many are unaware of because its main target is libraries. However, there are frequently used copies available from Amazon that are reasonably priced (see link below). In this final chat about this invaluable work, Dr. Edwards focuses on the last two volumes. The third deals with Lewis as “Apologist, Philosopher, and Theologian” and the final book explores  Lewis as “Scholar, Teacher, and Public Intellectual.”

 

8Sep

(Re-Post) CSL - Life, Works and Legacy pt. 1 (Dr. Bruce Edwards)

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IN THIS REPEAT: One of the last interviews with the late Dr. Bruce Edwards...the first of a two part show on a four-volume set.



CSLLifeWorksLegacypt1.jpgBack in 2007 a four-volume set entitled C.S. Lewis: Life, Works, and Legacy was released. Dr. Bruce Edwards edited this ambitious effort. William O’Flaherty caught up with him recently to discuss this reference work that is often overlooked because it is priced for libraries and not the general public. In this podcast Dr. Edwards provides some insight into how this 1,400 page effort came to be, along with giving some highlights of what you will find in volumes one and two. The first book focus on “An Examined Life” and the second details with Lewis as “Fantasist, Mythmaker, and Poet.”

 
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7Sep

(Re-Post) Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Bruce Edwards

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IN THIS REPEAT: Remember the late Dr. Bruce Edwards who died in 2015. 




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As this is posted most of you who are familiar with Dr. Bruce Edwards know he died unexpected on October 28, 2015. I learned of the news while attend the C.S. Lewis Foundation's Fall Retreat at Camp Allen. Many attending were close friends (professionally and personally) and so I records some brief thoughts with them. Then I caught up with a couple other people I knew were well acquainted with him to have them share some reflections as well. I'm sure I missed several who knew Bruce and had been on my show previously. Speaking of being on All About Jack, Bruce was a frequent guest and even this year he had been on a couple of two-part episodes (they are listed below).  In additional to the link for this podcast, be sure to listen to the memorial service and the final podcast that Bruce did from his own online show.  
 
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6Sep

(Re-Post) Douglas Gresham Interview (2013)

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IN THIS REPEAT: Interview with Douglas Gresham, stepson of C.S. Lewis that was recorded in late 2013.



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I'm reposting an interview I did with Douglas Gresham (one of C.S. Lewis's stepsons) in late September, 2013 for three reasons. First, a few months ago I switch where I hosted my podcasts and I hadn't yet posted it there and secondly, today (11/29) is the 116th anniversary of Lewis's birth. Finally, while I later did a post with a transcript of this interview, I felt this would be a good chance to make that available in the same post (see link below). At the time I spoke with Gresham he had made a visit to Asbury University and word of the plans for the next Narnia movie hadn't been announced.  

5Sep

Exploring C.S. Lewis Misquotes and Misconceptions - Episode 4

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Podcast_EXPLORING_-_4.jpgThis is the fourth podcast episode in the series on "Misquotes and Misconceptions." Returning guest host for this show is Corey Latta. Previously he helped with the second program and he was also interviewed about a book he wrote entitled C.S. Lewis and the Art of Writing (link below). This time he asks William O'Flaherty questions about quotations credited to Lewis that are mostly close to what he did write. These are usually paraphrases of what Lewis wrote. The key words of those sayings are listed below (that also link to an article online) to help you better understand the quote in question.

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4Sep

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

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IN THIS REPEAT: Learn more about The Hobbit with Dr. Joseph Pearce with an interview I did back in 2013, but not posted here until late last year.




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.

 

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