As I mentioned several weeks ago on this show, each year, the McGrath Institute for Church Life hosts a lecture series that runs through Lent and Easter, which invites people everywhere to join in a communal reading of a spiritual work for the liturgical seasons. For this year’s series, we are focusing on C. S. Lewis’s beloved children’s stories, The Chronicles of Narnia.

I’m so pleased to welcome today one of our lecturers to this series, Rev. Dr. Michael Ward, who is as of last year a Catholic priest and who comes to us from the University of Oxford, where he is senior research fellow in Blackfriars Hall and Associate Member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion. Fr. Ward is the author or editor of several books, including “Heresies and How to Avoid Them”, “The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis”, and “The Narnia Code: C.S. Lewis and the Secret of the Seven Heavens”, which was made into a one-hour documentary by the BBC. But it was of another of his books that Walter Hooper, the esteemed literary adviser to the estate of C.S. Lewis, lauded as unsurpassed in showing a comprehensive knowledge of and depth of insight regarding C.S. Lewis’s works. That book is the masterful, persuasive, and illuminating “Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis”.

He joins us today to talk about C.S. Lewis, Narnia, theology and the arts, and more.
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RESOURCES
David Fagerberg Episode on Chronicles of Narnia – User-178289668 – 2019-february-16
Heresies and How to Avoid Them: Why It Matters What Christians Believe – www.amazon.com/dp/0801047498/ref…p_U_6JnMCbJYYFE66
The Cambridge Companion to C. S. Lewis – www.amazon.com/dp/0521711142/ref…p_U_X9nMCbT6QG3S5
The Narnia Code: C. S. Lewis and the Secret of the Seven Heavens – www.amazon.com/dp/1414339658/ref…p_U_2-nMCb6R6434E
Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C. S. Lewis – www.amazon.com/dp/019973870X/ref…p_U_s.nMCbR9GPCT6
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