(CMCSL-4): After Winston Churchill, Lewis Was the Most Recognized Voice in Britain in the 1940’s

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.    


Most people enjoy being recognized. In fact, those who are well-known are usually ones who seek out the fame. This was not the case for C.S. Lewis. While he enjoyed the company of friends and spoke publicly, he was also a rather bookish man. In an interview published in the September 8, 1947 issue of Time he is quoted as saying, “I like monotony.” So, even though Lewis didn’t seek to be famous, he nevertheless became a public figure.

Much of his fame (at least in England) is attributed to the fact that he was on the radio (BBC) speaking in favor of the Christian faith on four series of talks that later became the book Mere Christianity. His third show from the first series had an audience of over two million listeners! Is it any wonder there is the claim that Lewis was the most recognized voice after Winston Churchill? Even though this detail has been mentioned by established scholars, it is simply not true.

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

NOTE: This article was posted June 10, 2017 and updated 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 The only actually change is found at the end of article, where I added (with permission from the author) a previously unpublished portion from material Dr.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.

(CMCSL-1) – The Four Loves audio is Lewis reading his book

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.    


Four Loves Not Audiobook

HThe Four Loves (4 Cassettes)ave you ever heard C.S. Lewis’ voice? In case you didn’t know there are several recordings of Lewis speaking. The most famous (and freely available) is one of his radio talks from the 1940’s. That material was adapted and became a part of the classic Mere Christianity (hear the only surviving talk from it via this link). Years later he wrote a lesser known title, The Four Loves. It is a short, but insightful exploration of the four different Greek words for love. Maybe you’ve heard him reading the book? Many people believe the recording with the same name is Lewis reading his book. However, it is not.

(Video) Dr. Joseph Pearce – “An Introduction to G. K. Chesterton”

The following is the first of two talks by Dr. Joseph Pearce from the Inklings Fellowship Weekend Retreat in Montreat, NC. This one is called “An Introduction to G. K. Chesterton.” It was given on Saturday, April 1, 2017.

Please note that the video was NOT professionally recorded. It was done by using the LG V20 smartphone. Both the audio and the video was recorded with it. 

(Re-Post) 200 Seconds in Hell with C.S. Lewis Episode 1

Here’s a reminder of my mini-series 200 SECONDS IN HELL; the debut podcast.

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200 Seconds Ep 1

Welcome to the premier episode of  the podcast “200 Seconds in Hell with C.S. Lewis.” It focuses on highlighting the classic book The Screwtape Letters. The first show, however, serves more as an introduction to the type of information that will normally be covered. Being a podcast you need to click the link below to hear it. For the moment I’m including it on my All About Jack podcast feed, so you can follow it either on my Podbean page or via my iTunes feeds (see links below).

This series will be short-term. That is, while I’m not sure how many episodes will be done, it won’t go on forever.

2017 is the 75th anniversary of when The Screwtape Letters was first published. So, why not read it again!  

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Listen to 200 Seconds #1

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200 Seconds in Hell with C.S. Lewis Episode 5

200 Seconds Ep 5

Democracy is a very important word here on Earth and in Hell. So much so, that the devils want to create confusion about what the word actually means. That’s why their philological department is hard at work to keep the real meaning out of our minds. When you listen to the fifth episode of “200 Seconds in Hell with C.S. Lewis” you’ll learn some of what Screwtape thinks about how the practical meaning of democracy can be twisted.

2017 is the 75th anniversary of when The Screwtape Letters was first published. So, why not read it again! And consider getting my enhanced study guide to help you enjoy it even more. Get a free 20 page PDF sample of my book via ScrewtapeCompanion.com.

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Listen to 200 Seconds – Episode 5

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200 Seconds in Hell with C.S. Lewis Episode 4

200 Seconds Ep 4

Do words matter? Of course they do! That’s why Screwtape tells Wormwood to either suggest more negative sounding terms or expressions that people associate with things they don’t like. Words like “complacency,” “unselfishness” and “Puritanical” are help for Hell’s purposes. In this four episode of “200 Seconds in Hell with C.S. Lewis” you’ll be reminded about some of the ways the devils try to twist words to make it a weapon for their gain.

2017 is the 75th anniversary of when The Screwtape Letters was first published. So, why not read it again! And consider getting my enhanced study guide to help you enjoy it even more. Get a free 20 page PDF sample of my book via ScrewtapeCompanion.com.

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Listen to 200 Seconds – Episode 4

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75th Anniversary of The Screwtape Letters BOOK

75th Book AnniversaryToday (February 9th) marks the 75th anniversary of the book version of The Screwtape Letters. As you might be aware, it was first published weekly in 1941, but 1942 was when the title was released in the U.K. (it came out in the U.S. in 1943). It’s no secret that The Screwtape Letters is my favorite book from C.S. Lewis.

To honor this special anniversary I’ve collected a variety of content I previous created to help you be reminded of why the material is so good.

Most recently I began a short-term podcast series called “200 Seconds in Hell with C.S. Lewis.” So far I’ve done three shows:

Last summer I visited Oxford for the first time and made an interesting discovery:

bookcover-shutterfly3In addition to the short series, “200 Seconds” I’ve done several other podcasts related to Screwtape. The first two are from talks I did on it in 2016. Then the next two are talks from Brenton Dickieson, followed by an essay chat that Brenton did with me about “Screwtape Proposes a Toast” that came out in 1959.

In addition to considering my enhanced study guide on The Screwtape Letters (click on the picture above on the right or the picture below to learn more about it), there’s another book you may want that I spoke with Paul McCusker about:

Next, I can’t help reminding you about my interview with Max McLean about his masterful Screwtape production:

Finally, to help you recall how great The Screwtape Letters is, consider checking out a couple of podcasts I did last year to highlight the initial weekly release of the letters in 1941 by having a variety of people tell why they like the book so much:

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200 Seconds in Hell with C.S. Lewis Episode 3

200 Seconds Ep 3

Practicing humility can be a very humbling experience, one that might just lead to pride! At least that’s what Wormwood is partly told he should try to make happen with his patient in The Screwtape Letters. In this third episode of “200 Seconds in Hell with C.S. Lewis” you’ll be reminded about some of the ways the devils try to twist humility to make it a weapon for their gain.

2017 is the 75th anniversary of when The Screwtape Letters was first published. So, why not read it again! And consider getting my enhanced study guide to help you enjoy it even more. Get a free 20 page PDF sample of my book via ScrewtapeCompanion.com.

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Listen to 200 Seconds – Episode 3

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