Wednesday, Mar 24, 2021 • 2min

Official Trailer - The C.S. Lewis podcast with Professor Alister McGrath

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A brand new weekly podcast with Professor Alister McGrath exploring C.S. Lewis’ thought, theology and teaching. C.S. Lewis is one of the most influential voices in modern Christianity.
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Alister McGrath
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00:32
The
C. S. Lewis
Podcast with
Alister McGrath
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Ruth Jackson
00:38
Do you think
C. S. Lewis
would have an instagram profile?
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Alister McGrath
00:42
His friends might set one up, but I'm not sure
Lewis
himself would. I think that
Lewis
is always receding into the background.
Lewis
is very, very clear about "What does a good author do?" he said back in the 1920s. He says a good author does not say "look at me", he says, "look at what I've seen".
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01:04
And for
Tolkien
, we're almost designed by God to tell stories, and
Tolkien
began to help
Lewis
see that really, Christianity told a story. The story of God, the story of Christ, our story and
Lewis
suddenly began to realise how everything hung together. How everything made sense and that if he thought Christianity as a story, a true myth which makes sense of every other story we tell, then that makes perfect sense.
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01:36
He writes to Arthur Greeves in enormous excitement: "This is it. I've discovered it. It's right. It's exciting" and that's a very important point and, maybe
Lewis
might have got there on his own but actually,
Tolkien
was the catalyst.
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01:51
I first read
The Chronicles Of Narnia
when I was about twenty two. I have to say I actually rather enjoyed them, maybe because I'm very childish, I don't know.
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02:00
I think for
Lewis
there were a number of objections. One was that he felt that science had eliminated the conceptual space once occupied by God. Another was, he thought there was a sort of similarity of form between Christianity and Pagan myths, which meant they were all inventions, and then thirdly, there was this anxiety about suffering in the world. So those were three major concerns for him, but as his story of faith shows he was able to overcome all of those.
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Ruth Jackson
02:30
If someone is thinking "How do I begin to defend the Christian faith?" have you got any advice that you would give?
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Alister McGrath
02:36
I would begin by saying, "Let me tell you why I find Christianity so compelling and exciting." and then I would tell them and everyone listening to this podcast will be able to do exactly the same thing, and in doing that you're telling your own story and your audience will be interested.
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02:55
They may want to raise objections but they're going to hear you first. They want to hear the positive, then they'll raise questions. The problem is otherwise you just raise questions and people don't know why those questions are significant. You need to explain why this matters, why it's so exciting and then deal with the questions
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