The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis (Dr. Jerry Root)

The Suprising Imagination of CS LewisDr. Jerry Root is a well respected scholar on C.S. Lewis and a much sought after speaker in general. Jerry sat down with William O’Flaherty just before the start of the CSLIS conference (that was held at Grove City this year) to talk about a forthcoming book entitled The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis that is due out in September (2015). Dr. Root is an Associate Professor at Wheaton College and Director of Wheaton Evangelism Initiative, Billy Graham Center for Evangelism.

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Listen to The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis Interview

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WRL02 – Dymer

This podcast focuses on one of the lesser known works by C.S. Lewis; a long narrative poem entitled Dymer. This show is part of an occasional series indirectly begun in 2016 and officially kicked-off this year, 2017. The series is called “Why Read Lewis,” and the aim is to encourage you to read or re-read works written by Lewis. Today’s program features just three individuals reflecting and/or summarizing DymerThey are Dr. Jerry Root, Dr. Crystal Hurd and Dr. Don King.
Dymer was first published in 1926, prior to Lewis becoming a Christian and was later reprinted in 1950.      

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Listen to Dymer Reflections

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(CMCSL-3) – Lewis and Mrs. Moore Were Secret Lovers (UPDATED)

NOTE: This article was posted June 10, 2017 and updated with additional content on June 17. The only actually change is found at the end of article, where I added (with permission from the author) a previously unpublished portion from material Dr. Jerry Root sent me related to the topic.

This is part of an occasional series exploring questionable claims about the life or writings of C.S. Lewis.  For a list of the topics either already explored or planned to be examined you can visit the introduction to this series.    


People who are famous are always subject to rumor and gossip, even if they are Christians. Well-known individuals who are dead who didn’t provide clarification on an issue before their passing leave the door open to speculation for good or for ill. Such is the case regarding the relationship between C.S. Lewis and Mrs. Moore. If you’ve only read books by Lewis and none about him, then you probably have no idea who she is. If you are among those and you enjoy his works then you might want to be able to address the fact that Lewis did live with a woman who wasn’t even divorced as well as the claim that he had a sexual relationship with her (years before he married Joy Davidman).

(CMCSL-2) – Lewis Had a Serious Crisis of Faith After Losing a Debate to Anscombe

This is part of an occasional series exploring questionable claims about the life or writings of C.S. Lewis.  For a list of the topics either already explored or planned to be examined you can visit the introduction to this series.    


Anscombe Debate Loss

There’s no denying that C.S. Lewis’ most original work in the 1950’s was with fiction. The impact of his seven Narnia stories are, in fact, what Lewis is primarily known for today. Few recall that Mere Christianity was published during the same period (although it features previous released content) and also that the novel Till We Have Faces came out the same year as The Last Battle. Because Lewis wrote so many fictional works in the 1950’s one wonders why he devoted more books to this genre than any other. If you believe some accounts it just had to be because of something that occurred in early 1948. However, one needs to be careful when explaining why he wrote more fictional works than material directly defending the Christian faith.

Introducing Why Read Lewis

Why Read Lewis - Introduction GRAPICWelcome to a new occasional podcast series designed to encourage you to read books that C.S. Lewis wrote (or edited). Even those who have read a variety of works by him are surprised to learn he wrote more than forty during his lifetime. Additionally,  there are numerous books (mostly essay collections) created after his death. As you are likely aware, Lewis wrote in a variety of styles or genres. How many have you read? This new podcast will usually focus on a SINGLE work by Lewis with between three to five individuals sharing thoughts about it. However, because this episode introduces the series, it has comments on six DIFFERENT titles (as noted in the picture). Dr. Michael Ward, Brenton Dickieson, Sørina Higgins, Dr. Crystal Hurd, Dr. Jerry Root and Mark Neal share in this introductory show.     

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Listen to Introducing Why Read C.S. Lewis

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