18Jun

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

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IN THIS REPEAT: Dr. Jerry Root on The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis, from a conversation with him about it 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 in 2015) 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.

 

16Jun

Surprised By Misquotes (William O’Flaherty)

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2018_Taylor_Talk_William_O_Flaherty.jpgI gave the following short talk on Friday, June 1, 2018 at the Taylor University Colloquium. My brief presentation was part of a variety of academic papers that were presented. The full title of my talk was Surprised By Misquotes: Unexpected Findings from The Misquotable C. S. Lewis. In it, I share some of the unusual details from my years of researching quotations credited to Lewis that he did not write. This talk, however, only gives a small snapshot of what is in the book.

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14Jun

(Re-Post) The Faun’s Bookshelf (Dr. Charlie Starr)

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IN THIS REPEAT: My most recent new show; an interview about The Faun's Bookself. A new book for 2018 by Dr. Charlie Starr.



Faun_s_Bookshelf.jpgThe Faun's Bookshelf is an interesting title that explores, as part of the subtitle reveals, "Why Myth Matters." Dr. Charlie Starr, the author, uses books C.S. Lewis mentions on Mr. Tumnus's bookshelf as the framework to examine what myth means and how it teaches us about reality. This interviewed was recorded on the campus of Taylor University the day before the 11th Frances W. Ewbank Colloquium, where he gave one of the keynote talks. Even though Charlie goes into a lot of deal about his book in this interview, you will learn even more about myth by purchasing his book (direct link given below). Speak thanks to Dr. Crystal Hurd who voiced the endorsement given at the start and also an except from Charlie's book.

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12Jun

(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.

 

10Jun

(Re-Post) C.S. Lewis Institute Summer Conference 2018

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IN THIS REPEAT: Final reminder about a special event in next week with Dr. Jerry Root.

CSLI_2018_Event_LOGO.jpgThe following is a conversation with Dr. Joel Woodruff of C.S. Lewis Institute. He is the president of that organization. The focus of the show is on their upcoming conference that will be held at the Wade Center at Wheaton College June 17-20. The theme is on "Communicating The Gospel C.S. Lewis Style." The plenary speaker is Dr. Jerry Root. Other speakers include Dr. Wayne Martindale and Marjorie Lamp Mead. Dr. Root and Dr. Martindale have previously been on All About Jack.

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9Jun

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

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IN THIS REPEAT: Before I began calling my ocassional series "Why Read Lewis," I did a show with various guests reflecting on the landmark sermon, "The Weight of Glory." It was preached 77 years ago this month!




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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.

7Jun

The Faun’s Bookshelf (Dr. Charlie Starr)

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Faun_s_Bookshelf.jpgThe Faun's Bookshelf is an interesting title that explores, as part of the subtitle reveals, "Why Myth Matters." Dr. Charlie Starr, the author, uses books C.S. Lewis mentions on Mr. Tumnus's bookshelf as the framework to examine what myth means and how it teaches us about reality. This interviewed was recorded on the campus of Taylor University the day before the 11th Frances W. Ewbank Colloquium, where he gave one of the keynote talks. Even though Charlie goes into a lot of deal about his book in this interview, you will learn even more about myth by purchasing his book (direct link given below). Speak thanks to Dr. Crystal Hurd who voiced the endorsement given at the start and also an except from Charlie's book.

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3Jun

(Re-Post) 17r Essay Chat - Horrid Red Things (Dr. Charlie Starr)

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IN THIS REPEAT: Here's an essay chat with Dr. Charlie Starr about the shorter work entitled HORRID RED THINGS.




EC17r_-_Horrid_Red_Things.jpgAfter beginning an occasional series examining a single essay from Lewis in 2012 and doing more than a dozen that year, I ended up doing a lot fewer since that time. The following discussion with Dr. Charlie Starr was first released in April, 2013. It’s on the essay “Horrid Red Things.” The hope is that by listening to this essay chat you will want to read or re-read it. “Horrid Red Things” can be most easily found in a collection called God in the Dock. Charlie has been on several other shows since this essay chat. Be sure to check the links below to hear the other programs.

1Jun

(Re-Post) 16r Essay Chat - Willing Slaves of the Welfare State (Dr. Crystal Hurd)

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IN THIS REPEAT: Another essay chat - this on "Willings Slaves of the Welfare State" with Dr. Crystal Hurd.




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Back in April 2012 I began an occasional series of essay chats. Each of these podcasts examine a single shorter work that C.S. Lewis wrote with the hopes of encourage you to read or re-read it. As "Willing Slaves of the Welfare State" is repeated with this show, I find it hard to believe that I actually did sixteen over a seven month span. Of course, back then my program wasn't very old and this was a fairly easy way to create a new podcast. My guest for this essay chat is a familiar name; Dr. Crystal Hurd has been on the show many times. Crystal is an educator and researcher from Virginia who is currently researching the role of artists as leaders. The essay discussed can most easily be found in God in the Dock.

30May

(Re-Post) 15r Essay Chat - Lilies That Fester (Allyson Wieland)

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IN THIS REPEAT: An essay chat about a shorter work entiltled "Lilies That Fester."  


EC15r-LiliesThatFester.jpgThis is the fifteenth essay chat that is part of an occasional series focusing on the shorter works from C.S. Lewis. It was recorded back in 2012 and hasn't been shared since moving my audio hosting to PodBean.com. This chat explores "Lilies That Fester," an essay best found in The World's Last Night. William O'Flaherty spoke with Allyson Wieland about this piece. Allyson is the creator of CSL Book Club, an online resource for discussion questions for a number of books by C.S. Lewis.

28May

(Re-Post) 14r Essay Chat - On Stories pt. 2 (Andrew Lazo)

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In this repeat: Here's the second of a two-part essay chat on the shorter work "On Stories."




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This is the second and final part of a podcast focusing on "On Stories" by C.S. Lewis. This is the lead essay in On Stories: And other Essays on Literature. William O'Flaherty spoke with Andrew Lazo about this shorter work back in 2012. Andrew, who does a lot of behind the scenes work related to Lewis, is the co-editor of Mere Christians, a book containing testimonies of various individuals who were dramatically impacted by the writings of C.S. Lewis.  In this second part Andrew addresses the issue of the importance of re-reading stories. Favorite quotes from this essay are also shared, along with  where to find other material where Lewis addresses the topics in this essay (links to purchase are below).
 
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26May

(Re-Post) 13r Essay Chat - On Stories pt. 1 (Andrew Lazo)

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IN THIS REPEAT: The first of a two-part essay chat on the shorter work by Lewis called "On Stories."




OnStoriesEssayChatpt1.jpg"On Stories" is the namesake essay in On Stories: And other Essays on Literature. William O'Flaherty spoke with Andrew Lazo back in 2012 about this shorter work by C.S. Lewis. Among the topics it explores is what makes a story pleasurable and why fairy tales do follow a strict logic. This is the first of a two-part episode on it (this first show alone is 20 minutes). Learn about when this essay was first published and some keys points made in the article in this first part. Next week's segment deals primarily with the issue of the importance of re-reading stories.

 

23May

(Re-Post) 11-12r Essay Chat - The Vision of John Bunyan (Kevin Belmonte)

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IN THIS REPEAT: An essay chat on the shorter work "The Vision of John Bunyan." The essay was first published on December 13, 1962.




TheVisionofJohnBunyan.jpg"The Vision of John Bunyan" was the topic for my 11th and 12th essay chat back in 2012. For this re-release I combined the shows because together they are just over twenty minutes. Kevin Belmonte, who joined me for the third essay chat (and other shows) returned for this discussion. As always, in addition to exploring several key points in the article, you will learn background information about it, as well as related articles or books on a similar topic. "The Vision of John Bunyan" is best found in Selected Literary Essays (a title that was re-issued in paperback and made available in eBook for the first time in late 2013).

 

21May

(Re-Post) EC10r - Meditation in a Toolshed (Dr. Bruce Edwards)

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IN THIS REPEAT: Here's another previous essay chat; this one on Meditation in a Toolshed. 




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"Meditation in a Toolshed" was the tenth essay chat William O'Flaherty did back in 2012. Dr. Bruce Edwards, Professor Emeritus of English and Africana Studies at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, is the guest for this discussion.  "Meditation in a Toolshed" is a fairly short essay that is a favorite among Lewis scholars. It is best found in God in the Dock essay collection. Learn about the background to this shorter work from Lewis and a few of the key points made in it that will either introduce to this great piece or remind you about it.

 

 

19May

(Re-Post) Taylor Colloquium 2018

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IN THIS REPEAT: A FINAL reminder about the 2018 Taylor Colloquium, May 31 - June 3.

2018_Taylor_NEW_alt.jpgThe following podcast is an interview with Dr. Joseph Ricke, who heads up by The Center for the Study of C.S. Lewis & Friends at Taylor University. It is sponsoring the 11th Frances W. Ewbank Colloquium, May 31st - June 3rd, 2018. The C.S. Lewis and Inklings Society is joining in on this event. A variety of individuals will present papers and keynote speakers include Stephen Prickett, Crystal Downing, Ron Reed, Joe Christopher, Crystal Hurd, and Charlie Starr.

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