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One person whose faith was greatly encouraged by the writings of C.S. Lewis is Professor Alister McGrath. Both men were raised in Northern Ireland, studied at Oxford University and went on to become professors there. They also both came to faith from atheism slightly later in life. Alister has written numerous books on C.S. Lewis, including a seminal biography C.S. Lewis – A Life.

Listen to new episodes every Monday, where Ruth Jackson and Professor Alister McGrath will focus on the profound and challenging ideas from  C.S. Lewis,  providing thoughtful insights that  answer questions that impact culture today.


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#38 CS Lewis, AI and transhumanism

What do Lewis' writings such as 'The Abolition of Man' and 'That Hideous Strength' have to say to the rise of AI and Transhumanism?... Posted: January 24, 2022

#37 CS Lewis, mental health and the meaning crisis

Alister McGrath and Justin Brierley continue their conversation on the 'meaning crisis' in the West and how Lewis' wisdom applies to... Posted: January 17, 2022

#36 CS Lewis, Miracles and the meaning crisis

In Season 4 of the podcast, Alister McGrath and Justin Brierley discuss the 'meaning crisis' in the West, how Lewis responded to it in... Posted: January 10, 2022

#35 CS Lewis Symposium Pt 3 - Panel Q&A on 21st Century Apologetics

Michael Ward, William Lane Craig, Michael Ramsden, Jeanette Sears, Peter S Williams and Judith Wolfe take part in a panel discussion on... Posted: December 27, 2021

#34 CS Lewis Symposium Pt 2 - Malcolm Guite on Imaginative Fiction

Poet, priest and author Malcolm Guite speaks on "Telling the Truth Through Imaginative Fiction" in this second lecture from the 2013 CS... Posted: December 20, 2021

#33 CS Lewis Symposium Pt 1 - Alister McGrath on Rational Argument

To mark the 50th Anniverary of CS Lewis' death in 2013, Westminster Abbey hosted the CS Lewis Symposium. In this first lecture Alister... Posted: December 13, 2021

#32 Max McLean Pt 2 - CS Lewis on screen

Justin Brierley continues his conversation with Max McLean, writer and star of the new movie CS Lewis: The Most Reluctant Convert. 

... Posted: December 6, 2021

#31 Max McLean Pt 1 - CS Lewis on stage

Justin Brierley speaks to Max McLean, writer and star of the new movie CS Lewis: The Most Reluctant Convert.

For the movie: Posted: November 29, 2021

#30 Michael Ward on The Abolition of Man

Justin Brierley speaks to CS Lewis scholar Michael Ward about his new book 'After Humanity: A guide to CS Lewis' The Abolition Of Man'.... Posted: November 22, 2021

#29 The Last Battle

Professor Alister McGrath speaks to Ruth Jackson about The Last Battle, focussing on difficult questions around topics such as racism,... Posted: November 15, 2021

About Alister McGrath

Professor Alister McGrath is the Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at Oxford University. He holds three Oxford doctorates: a doctoral degree in molecular biophysics, a Doctor of Divinity degree in theology and a Doctor of Letters degree in intellectual history. McGrath is a prolific author on many topics including science, faith, apologetics, CS Lewis, doctrine and church history.

McGrath regularly engages in debate and dialogue with leading atheists. He has written many books and articles on numerous topics. His academic books include his widely-used textbooks Christian Theology: An Introduction, The Christian Theology Reader and Theology: The Basics.

His more popular books cover topics such as religion and science, the new atheism and Christian doctrine. Among McGrath’s general readership books are The Dawkins Delusion? Atheist Fundamentalism and the Denial of the Divine, Mere Apologetics: How to Help Seekers and Skeptics Find Faith and Why God Won’t Go Away: Engaging the New Atheism. Alister has written numerous books on C.S. Lewis, including a seminal biography C.S. Lewis – A Life.

McGrath is married to psychologist Rev Dr Joanna Collicutt McGrath with whom he has authored several books and they have two grown-up children. You can find out more about Professor Alister McGrath at his website

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