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Episode 22: C.S. Lewis - Interview with Fr. Michael Ward
Episode 2215th September 2023 • Five Books for Catholics • Five Books for Catholics
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Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1863) is a celebrated literary critic, novelist, essayist, and Christian apologist: the author of The Chronicles of Narnia, the Ransom Trilogy, The Screwtape Letters, and numerous essays of apologetics, such as Mere Christianity. An Anglican from Belfast, he spent most of his life in England, teaching medieval and Renaissance literature at Oxford and later Cambridge. Like many of his generation, he served on the front during the First World War, and the experience reinforced his atheism and pessimism. However, as he relates in Surprised by Joy, between 1929 and 1931, he gradually regained his faith, partly thanks to conversations with J.R.R. Tolkien. From then on, his Christian faith increasingly informs his writings.

In this episopde, Fr. Michael Ward explains his pick of five books by Lewis and will take us through the author’s works.

Fr. Michael Ward is a priest of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. An associate member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford, he is also Professor of Apologetics at Houston Christian University. His books include Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis (Oxford University Press, 2008) and After Humanity: A Guide to C.S. Lewis’s The Abolition of Man (Word on Fire Academic, 2021).

His five recommended books by C.S. Lewis are:

  1. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (also available for Kindle) by C.S. Lewis
  2. The Screwtape Letters (also available for Kindle) by C.S. Lewis
  3. Till We Have Faces (also available for Kindle) by C.S. Lewis
  4. The Abolition of Man (also available for Kindle) by C.S. Lewis
  5. Miracles, A Preliminary Study (also available for Kindle) by C.S. Lewis

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