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St Andrew’s Church is offering a 45 minute recorded interview with The Revd. Professor Alister McGrath on C.S. Lewis.

Alister is an internationally recognised scientist and theologian. In this conversation with Ruth Jackson (60 years after Lewis’ death) Alister explores the author’s popular theology and his writing of children’s stories. He is invited to answer the question: Has C.S. Lewis passed his sell-by date?

Clive Staples Lewis FBA (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963) was a British writer, literary scholar, and Anglican lay theologian. He held academic positions in English literature at both Magdalen College, Oxford (1925–1954), and Magdalene College, Cambridge (1954–1963). He is best known as the author of the series for children: The Chronicles of Narnia.

Lewis was a close friend of J. R. R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings. Both men served on the English faculty at Oxford University and were active in the informal Oxford literary group known as the Inklings. According to Lewis’s 1955 memoir Surprised by Joy, he was baptized in the Church of Ireland but fell away from his faith during adolescence. Lewis returned to Anglicanism at the age of 32, owing to the influence of Tolkien and other friends, and he became an “ordinary layman of the Church of England”. Lewis’s faith profoundly affected his work, and his wartime radio broadcasts on the subject of Christianity brought him wide acclaim.

Lewis wrote more than 30 books which have been translated into more than 30 languages and have sold millions of copies.

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