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!'


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.

Ken Smith 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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