Irrigating Deserts (Dr. Joel Heck)

Back in 2012 I first released this podcast, however I’ve never shared it again since moving my hosting to Podbean in late 2014. So, for most of you this will be an interview you haven’t heard before now. The author, Dr. Joel Heck, was featured not long ago for a book that just came out in 2017 (link below). Irrigating Deserts: C.S. Lewis on Education is the main focus of this conversation, but a few other topics are explored. Interestingly, Dr. Heck referred to the (then) forthcoming biography by Dr. Alister McGrath, which was released in 2013 and I did an interview with Dr. McGrath on it (link below).

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From Atheism to Christianity (Dr. Joel Heck)

From Atheism to Christianity (Joel Heck)C. S. Lewis is most known today as a famous Christian who wrote books like The Chronicles of Narnia and Mere Christianity. You may even know that before his conversion he struggled with NOT wanting to become a Christian. But how much do you know about that struggle. In this podcast interview, Dr. Joel D. Heck shares about his new title that is an insightful and easy to follow recount of Lewis’ return to the his earlier faith. The book is called From Atheism to Christianity: The Story of C. S. Lewis. It draws upon extensive research Heck has done and made available on his website.

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Joel Heck’s Lewis Site

Joel Heck WebsiteThere are many individuals who have a website devoted to C.S. Lewis. Some are actually by Lewis scholars, such as the one being featured today. It is by Joel Heck, who is Professor of Theology at Concordia University Texas. It was not difficult deciding whether or not to spotlight this one. While it may contain too many details for the average Lewis reader, Heck’s Chronologically Lewis has been an invaluable resource for me. It contains nearly a day-to-day summary of Lewis’s entire life. That resource is free, but he does have a simpler desktop any-year calendar you can buy.

You can see the main sections of Heck’s site in the picture at the left (and visit the site by clicking on it or the link below). If you have PowerPoint, or a compatible program or viewer then you will enjoy the many free presentations in the Outlines area for enhancing your enjoyment of a variety of Lewis’s works. The PowerPoint Tours gives you a glimpse, in pictures, of the many places Lewis lived and worked. The Outlines and Articles sections provides a variety of material in PDF, including (among other items) a chapter-by-chapter summary of Miracles and a useful overview of Lewis’s life in seven pages!

 

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C.S. Lewis Calendar and Socratic Digest (with Dr. Joel Heck)

VIsiting with CS LewisA variety of resources about C.S. Lewis or his works exist. Some are more unique than others, like Visiting with C.S. Lewis: A Perpetual Calendar created by Dr. Joel Heck and a collection called Socratic Digest that the following interview explores. The first is a calendar good for any year and the latter contains all five volumes when Lewis was with the Oxford Socratic Club. Previously I spoke with Dr. Heck about his book Irrigating Deserts.

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Top 3 Resource Spotlights So Far

I’ve decided to do a recap this time and present the top three resources so far (excluding the most recent post), based on the number of page views here. So, while I want you check out all the sites I’ve spotlighted, you don’t want to miss these that have been the most popular. They are C. S. Lewis Symposium, A Pilgrim in Narnia and Joel Heck’s Lewis Site.

CS Lewis Symposium#1: C. S. Lewis Symposium (Three Videos)

This is a collection of three excellent films from last year’s meetings before Lewis was honored in Poets’ Corner. Those events from November 21st were filmed by Lunar Firm and the videos were only recently released by a group called Christian Evidence with permission from the Westminster Abbey Institute.

  • Part One – Telling the Truth Through Rational Argument (Dr. Alister McGrath)
  • Part Two – Telling the Truth Through Imaginative Fiction (Dr. Malcolm Guite)
  • Part Three – PANEL DISCUSSION: What Can 21st Century Apologetics Learn from C.S. Lewis?

A Pilgrim in Narnia#2: A Pilgrim in Narnia (Brenton Dickieson)

Brenton Dickieson is the mastermind behind A Pilgrim in Narnia where he posts a large variety of content related to C.S. Lewis. Since posting this site when I debuted this feature the first week of January he has done more than a few new posts to check out with a Lewis theme, including:

  • The Fictional Universe of Narnia
  • Two Different Prefaces to C.S. Lewis’ “That Hideous Strength”
  • C.S. Lewis Really Should Have Seen it Coming: More On the Dangers of Reading.

Joel Heck Website#3: Joel Heck’s Lewis Site

There are many individuals who have a website devoted to C.S. Lewis, but few are by Lewis scholars. This one by Joel Heck, who is Professor of Theology at Concordia University Texas is one of the best.  You can see the main sections of Heck’s site in the picture at the left (and visit the site by clicking on it or the link below). If you have PowerPoint, or a compatible program or viewer then you will enjoy the many free presentations in the Outlines area for enhancing your enjoyment of a variety of Lewis’s works. The PowerPoint Tours gives you a glimpse, in pictures, of the many places Lewis lived and worked. The Outlines and Articles sections provides a variety of material in PDF, including (among other items) a chapter-by-chapter summary of Miracles and a useful overview of Lewis’s life in seven pages!

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