MARS HILL AUDIO Conversation 24

Alan Jacobs on The Narnian

In this Conversation with Ken Myers, Alan Jacobs, author of The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C. S. Lewis, discusses a number of Lewis's writings, including The Great Divorce, The Abolition of Man, The Magician's Nephew, That Hideous Strength, and The Pilgrim's Regress. The theme that dominates the discussion is Lewis's view of the imagination, and his deep conviction that the shaping of the conscience requires the training of the imagination. 53 minutes.

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    Alan Jacobs: “Does the world really need any more books about C. S. Lewis? . . .”
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    “ . . . the glories and the terrors of his childhood never left him . . .”
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    “ . . . a symbol is powerful because it combines a whole set of thoughts, sensations, impulses, desires, . . .”
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    “ . . . reason is a part of imagination and imagination is a part of reason . . .”
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    “ . . . the assumption of this disenchanted world is that [works of imagination] are not knowledge . . .”
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    “ . . . it’s difficult for us to understand what Lewis means by ‘the baptism of the imagination’ . . .”
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    “ . . . the things which people believe in the 20th century that created the most pain were a result of their being captivated by a certain kind of imagination . . .”
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    “ . . . advertising was the one vocation a Christian could not go into . . .”
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    “ . . . divine things must be made attractive . . .”
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    “ . . . his crucial years of education were conducted by . . . ‘the Great Knock’ . . .”
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    “ . . . What Lewis was doing in The Pilgrim’s Regress . . .”
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    Closing