Saturday, 23 April 2011

Rowan Williams: three lectures on Narnia

This year, Rowan Williams' Holy Week Lectures were devoted to the Narnia stories of C. S. Lewis. The lectures are available online:

Lecture 1: 'Not a tame lion'
Lecture 2: 'I only tell you your own story'
Lecture 3: 'Bigger inside than outside'

When my daughter and I sat down to listen to the first lecture, she turned to me, wide-eyed, and said: 'He even sounds like a character from Narnia!'


Ann said...


Paul said...

You should show your daughter a picture of what Rowan looks like. Narnia (or Middle-Earth) character indeed!

Arthur said...

Thanks. Glad he touches on the lesser-appreciated Narnia stories!

Pamela said...

Thanks for this. I look forward to a good read (when my visitors depart!).

Pamela said...

Oops I meant listen.

Matthew M said...

WOW! Really? Can't wait to listen. Not a fan of His Grace Rowan 'Wormtongue', as he has done more to damage Anglican Christianity since King Henry the Eighth.
However, He is a scholar of note and having heard other talks which were quite 'orthodox', 'catholic', and 'evangelical', He can turn a phrase. he has written some good books as well. Too bad He is far off the mark in so many other places.
Thanks for posting these.

NARNIA said...

Awesum sharing.thanks.

Unknown said...

I very much enjoyed listening to them. I'm not a big fan of Rowan Williams (see, but he's a wonderful speaker, and I enjoyed his thoughtful, nuanced and appreciative critique of the Chronicles. Still, I was struck by how rarely he used words that I would have expected to come quite trippingly off an archbishop's tongue: "Jesus", "God", "Holy Spirit", were prominent primarily by their absence. He arrives at (almost) all the right conclusions: but I'm still trying to puzzle out how deep his orthodoxy goes.

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