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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.


” I owe C.S. Lewis immeasurably, for he took me from “half-convinced” wanderer to full-fledged Christian. Now, thirty years later my faith has endured, and I want to give others that gift. If I could I’d give much more, but for now please take this small donation. I’m loving the dynamic between  Ruth Jackson and Professor Alister McGrath.  One idea – start responding to the big Twitter/YouTubers who have big influences. We need to meet this culture where it is and then take them back to faith! “

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#53 The Four Loves

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#52 Reflections on the Psalms

Reflections On The Psalms (1958) is CS Lewis' only book that directly... Posted: May 2, 2022

#51 Surprised by Joy

Surprised By Joy (1955) is CS Lewis' 'spiritual autobiography of his... Posted: April 25, 2022

#50 The Great Divorce

The Great Divorce (1945) is an unusual story told from the perspective of... Posted: April 18, 2022

#49 The Screwtape Letters

The Screwtape Letters (1942) saw CS Lewis rise to international prominence... Posted: April 11, 2022

#48 The Problem of Pain

The Problem Of Pain (1940) was CS Lewis' apologetic on the problem of God &... Posted: April 4, 2022

#47 Pilgrim’s Regress

Published in 1933, Pilgrim's Regress was Lewis' first book written after... Posted: March 28, 2022

#46 Season 5 - CS Lewis’ popular Christian books (intro)

In this new season of the podcast hosted by Justin, Alister introduces seven of CS Lewis' popualr Christian works.

+ For more... Posted: March 21, 2022

#45 Audience Q&A on how to make the case for Jesus

Alister takes audience Q&A on Jesus, CS Lewis and evangelism. From Unbelievable? the Conference 2013

+ For more from the podcast... Posted: March 14, 2022

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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