Pints with Jack

Pints with Jack
Discussing C.S. Lewis over a pint…

S4E7 – TSL 3 – “Mamma Mia!”
Oct 20
Andrew and Matt discuss the third letter from Uncle Screwtape where he offers some suggestions to sabotage the patient’s relationship with his mother…
S4E6 – TSL 2 – “We are family”
Oct 13
Like old times, Matt and I sit down to discuss a chapter of C.S. Lewis! In this chapter of The Screwtape Letters, Uncle Screwtape advises his nephew on how to handle the patient’s church-going…
S4E5 – TSL 1 – “State of Confusion”
Oct 6
Today I was joined by guest co-host, Trent Horn, to discuss the first of Screwtape’s letters where the senior demon discusses reason and rhetoric.
S4E4 – “After Hours” with William O’Flaherty
Oct 1
Today I interview a man who is well-known in the C.S. Lewis community, William O’Flaherty. William runs and is the host of the “All About Jack” podcast. He is also the author of “The Misquotable CS Lewis” and the book which we will be…
S4E3 – TSL – “Preface”
Sep 29
We’re still not quite ready to begin reading Screwtape’s letters! In today’s episode we discuss the different Prefaces which Lewis wrote for the book… one of which includes a surprising secret!
S4E02 – AH – “After Hours” with James Como
Sep 24
Since we’re beginning a new season and a new book, we thought it would be wise to introduce new listeners to the life of C.S. Lewis. To this end, we invited onto the show James Como, a founding member of the New York C. S. Lewis Society, to talk about his…
S4E01 – TSL – Welcome to Season 4!
Sep 22
To celebrate “Hobbit Day”, today we begin Season 4 of “Pints With Jack”! This season we’ll be reading through C.S. Lewis’ “The Screwtape Letters”. In this episode we introduce our new co-host and talk about what to expect this season…
S4E00 – Bonus – “Season 4 Trailer”
Sep 1
In anticipation of Season 4, Matt sat down and shared some of his favourite quotations from the book which we will be reading this Season, “The Screwtape Letters”…
S3E50 – Bonus – Season Finale
Aug 18
Today Season 3 draws to a close! Matt and I got together to chat, talk about this past season and let you know what to expect in Season 4…
S3E49 – AH – “After Hours” with Douglas Gresham
Aug 11
At the end of last year, Matt and I got to meet C.S. Lewis’ stepson, Douglas Gresham. In today’s episode, Matt interviews Douglas and asks him about his early life in the United States, his time living at The Kilns, as well as his life following his…
S3E48 – Bonus – Mythopoeia
Aug 4
The hosts of The Tolkien Road invited me onto their show to talk about Mythopoeia, a poem which Tolkien wrote for Lewis following their late-night conversation which ultimately led to Lewis’ conversion. Today’s episode has the original episode, but also…
S3E47 – AH – “After Hours” With Diana Glyer (Part 2)
Jul 30
In this episode Matt concludes his discussion with Dr. Diana Glyer about her book, Bandersnatch.
S3E46 – AH – “After Hours” with Diana Glyer (Part 1)
Jul 28
When Matt and I were at the C.S. Lewis Symposium in North Carolina, we heard Dr. Diana Glyer give a talk on the Inklings which rightly received a standing ovation. In this episode, Matt and Dr. Glyer discuss the material covered in that talk and its…
S3E45 – AH – “After Hours” with Tea with Tolkien
Jul 23
Continuing “Tolkien Month”, I sat down with Kaitlyn from the “Tea With Tolkien” podcast to talk about Hobbit Spirituality…
S3E44 – AH – “After Hours” with Joseph Loconte
Jul 21
Continuing “Tolkien Month”, I interviewed Joseph Loconte, author of A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War which tells the story of how the First World War shaped the lives, faith, and writings of J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis.
S3E43 – AH – “After Hours” with The Tolkien Road
Jul 14
Continuing “Tolkien Month”, in today’s episode I spoke with John and Greta Carswell from “The Tolkien Road” podcast (, focussing on Tolkien’s work, The Silmarillion.
S3E42 – AH – “After Hours” with The Prancing Pony
Jul 7
Today on Pints With Jack, we do a deep-dive into the life and work of J.R.R. Tolkien with Alan and Shawn from The Prancing Pony podcast.
S3E41 – Bonus – The Tolkien Movie
Jun 30
Today we kick off “Tolkien Month”! My fiancée and I discuss the 2019 movie about Tolkien’s life.
S3E40 – VODT – “Voyage of Dawn Treader” Movie (Part 2)
Jun 28
This episode was previously posted on The Lamp-Post Listener podcast feed, but here it is on ours. This is the concluding part of our discussion with Daniel and Phil about the movie adaptation of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
Where is S3E40?
Jun 24
Listeners might be expecting S3E40 to appear today, which is the second part of the cross-over episode discussing The Voyage of the Dawn Treader movie with Daniel and Phil from The Lamp-Post Listener. Although that episode is indeed released today, you’ll…
S3E39 – VODT – “Voyage of Dawn Treader Movie” (Part 1)
Jun 23
Last week Matt and I discussed the book, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Today we team up with the guys from The Lamp-Post Listener podcast to discuss its movie adaptation.
S3E38 – Narnia – “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” (Part 2)
Jun 18
In today’s episode we finish our discussion of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
S3E37 – Narnia – “Voyage of the Dawn Treader” (Part 1)
Jun 16
Now that we’ve finished our main book this season, Matt and I returned to our next book in The Chronicles of Narnia series, “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”.
S3E36 – Bonus – “Not today, Satan!”
Jun 11
In the previous episode, I spoke to Rev Brian McGreevy about the book we’re going to be talking about next Season, The Screwtape Letters. As a bonus episode, I thought I would share the audio of a talk I gave a few months ago in Los Angeles.
S3E35 – AH – “After Hours” with Rev. Brian McGreevy
Jun 9
In anticipation of next season when we read through The Screwtape Letters, I sat down with Rev. Brian McGreevy to talk about this book and his podcast.
S3E34 – TWHF – “Retrospective”
Jun 2
Matt and I sat down and looked back on our reading of “Till We Have Faces” this season.
S3E33 – AH – “After Hours” with Brenton Dickieson
May 26
I’ve been reading the blog A Pilgrim In Narnia for several years now. Today I invited onto the show its author, Dr. Brenton Dickieson to talk about the book we’ve been reading this season, Till We Have Faces.
S3E32 – Bonus – Talkings Beasts and The Narnia Code
May 21
As a Thursday bonus episode, here is the audio of my interview on the Talking Beasts podcast where Brian and I discussed the merits of Dr. Michael Ward’s Narnia Code.
S3E31 – AH – “After Hours” with Lina Maslo
May 19
I sat down with author and illustrator Lina Maslo to discuss her new book, Through the Wardrobe: How C. S. Lewis Created Narnia.
S3E30 – AH – “After Hours” with Jason Lepojärvi
May 12
After listening to a free talk from Regent Audio by Dr. Jason Lepojärvi I knew we had to have him on the show. In this “After Hours” episode we talk about the theology of love and the disagreement between C.S. Lewis and St. Augustine.
S3E29 – AH – “After Hours” with Andrew Lazo
May 5
Today Andrew Lazo returned to explain Part II of Till We Have Faces and review the book as a whole.
S3E28 – AH – “After Hours” with Rev. David Beckman
Apr 30
I sat down with David to discuss his new book, Life with the Professor: The True Story Behind The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.
S3E27 – AH – “After Hours” with Steven Beebe
Apr 28
At the conference which Matt and I attended last year in North Carolina, we met Dr. Steven Beebe. Dr. Beebe has just released his book, C.S. Lewis and the Craft of Communication so I sat down with Dr. Beebe to talk about it and why he regards C.S. Lewis…
S3E26 – Bonus – “Trent & The Great Divorce”
Apr 23
This is an extract of my second recent appearance on The Counsel of Trent. In this episode Trent and I discuss The Great Divorce…
S3E25 – TWHF (Pt 2 – Ch 4) – “Barefaced”
Apr 21
Orual meets Psyche and the god of the Mountain.
S3E24 – Bonus – “Trent & The Screwtape Letters”
Apr 16
This is an extract of the first of two episodes which were recently recorded on The Counsel of Trent. In this episode Trent and I discuss The Screwtape Letters…
S3E23 – TWHF (Pt 2 – Ch 3) – “The Judgement of Orual”
Apr 14
After failing to steel a fleece from one of the rams of the gods, Orual finally gets her day in court! She reads her complaint to the gods and finally receives her answer…
S2E22 – Bonus – “Orual’s Clumsy Theosis”
Apr 9
In our last episode discussing Till We Have Faces, we discussed dying to self and Christ’s first beatitude, “Blessed are the poor in spirit”. The same week that Matt and I recorded that episode, Richael Lucero from the Clumsy Theosis podcast released the…
S3E21 – TWHF (Pt 2 – Ch 2) – “Troubled Vision”
Apr 7
Orual has a vision of the King which help her begin to see clearly…
S3E20 – TWHF (Pt 2 – Ch 1) – “Redival and Bardia unveiled”
Mar 31
Today we begin Part II of Till We Have Faces! We find out that some things have been happening to Orual to make her reconsider everything she wrote before…
S3E19 – Bonus – “Cupid & Psyche: The Myth Told”
Mar 26
This Season we’ve been reading Till We Have Faces, which is a retelling of the Cupid and Psyche Myth. However, what was the original myth like? In this episode, I read a version of the original story…
S3E18 – AA – Andrew Lazo
Mar 24
Since we’ve now finished Part I of Till We Have Faces, Andrew Lazo came back on the show to walk us through what we’ve just read, and to prepare us to read the final part of the book.
S3E17 – Bonus – C.S. Lewis and the Authentic Self
Mar 19
Matt was invited to give a talk at the Edith Stein Conference at Notre Dame. Here’s the recording of his presentation.
S3E16 – Bonus – The Quizzical Papist
Mar 17
Matt and I were invited onto The Quizzical Papist pub quiz podcast for a battle of whits!
S3E15 – TWHF (PT 1, CH 20-21) – “A Myth Retold”
Mar 10
Orual hears a different retelling of her story…
S3E14 – TWHF (Pt 1, Ch 18-19) – “The Warrior Queen”
Mar 3
Orual undergoes her first major test of her queenship.
S3E13 – TWHF (Pt 1, Ch 16-17) – “Long Live The Queen!”
Feb 25
Everything is changing in Glome! Both the Priest and the King are dying, while their successors prepare to take over their respective mantels…
S3E12 – TWHF (Pt 1, Ch 14-15) – “Tough Love”
Feb 18
Orual, desperate to save Psyche from the life which she says she loves, resorts to some tough love. Orual blackmails her sister into shining a lamp on her “husband” in the middle of the night…with heart-breaking consequences.
S3E11 – AA – Christine Norvell
Feb 11
I sat down with Christine Norvell to talk about C.S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces and her Reading Companion.
S3E10 – Bonus – “Please patronize us!”
Feb 4
Matt and I have finally launched a Patreon account! If you want to financially support the podcast, we’ll send you swag! In this episode, we outline the different tiers available and interview Nick, our audio engineer…
S3E9 – TWHF (Pt 1, CH 12-13) – “The Riddle of Psyche”
Jan 28
Orual tries to work out what’s going on with Psyche by discussing the matter with Bardia and the Fox. Is she mad? Who is it that comes to her in the night? The god? The Brute? A man?
S3E8 – TWHF (Pt 1, CH 10-11) – “Psyche’s Palace”
Jan 21
Orual has finally found Psyche, but their meeting doesn’t go as expected, as it turns out they experience life on the Mountain very differently…
S3E7 – TWHF (Pt 1, CH 8-9) – “Up the Mountain”
Jan 14
After a couple of weeks off, we return to Glome and Till We Have Faces. Orual ascends the mountain to bury what remains of Psyche, and she is met with quite a surprise…
S3E6 – Bonus – “Introduction to The Narnia Code”
Jan 7
Matt and I didn’t manage to get together to record this week, so I thought I’d do a solo episode today. Last month I was on the Talking Beasts podcast discussing Dr. Michael Ward’s The Narnia Code and therefore thought it would make a good subject for…
S3E5 – Bonus – “Happy New Year!”
Dec 31, 2019
In previous years, Matt and I have recorded a Christmas episode, but we thought that for this year we’d record a New Year Show. We chat about our New Year traditions, as well as our hopes for 2020…
S3E4 – TWHF (Pt 1, Ch 6-7) – “The Comfort of Orual”
Dec 24, 2019
Psyche has been condemned to be sacrificed. Orual and the Fox try and convince the King to take action. When this fails, Orual visits Psyche, but is it to receive or give comfort?
S3E3 – TWHF (Pt 1, Ch 3-5) – “The Goddess, The Healer, and The Accursed”
Dec 17, 2019
We last left Oroual during a happy time in her life. Over the course of the upcoming chapters, life in Glome takes a turn for the worst…
S3E2 – TWHF (Pt 1, Ch 1-2) – “Home Sweet Glome”
Dec 10, 2019
Today we get stuck into the chapters of Till We Have Faces! In the first two chapters of the book, Lewis sets the scene for his story in the fictional city of Glome.
S3E1 – TWHF – “Welcome to Season 3!”
Dec 3, 2019
Today we finally begin Season 3! After covering some podcast housekeeping, we are introduced to Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis expert, Andrew Lazo.
S2E42 – Bonus – “A vignette from ‘The Great Divorce’”
Nov 26, 2019
To round off Season 3, I thought I’d share a recording of a vignette from The Great Divorce which I recorded some time ago, back when our San Diego C.S. Lewis Reading Group was studying that book.
S2E41 – Bonus – “The First San Diego Inklings Evening”
Nov 19, 2019
This past week we had our first “Inkling Meeting” in San Diego, so I sat down with Matt and chatted about what happened and read some of the poetry of the night…
S2E40 – Bonus – “C.S. Lewis, Apostle To The Skeptics”
Nov 12, 2019
We’ve had quite a lot of episodes recently, but we didn’t want to not post anything this Tuesday morning, so I thought I’d share the talk I gave after the conference at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Charlotte.
S2E39 – Bonus – “North Carolina, Day 3: Electric Boogaloo”
Nov 9, 2019
Matt and I talk about the final day of the International C.S. Lewis Symposium and our final adventure before leaving North Carolina.
S2E38 – Bonus – “The Wedding Crashers… C.S. Lewis Style!”
Nov 8, 2019
It’s our second day at the C.S. Lewis Symposium. Matt and I sit down before dinner and discuss the events of the day…
S2E37 – Bonus – “David and Matt party in Montreat. Day 1”
Nov 7, 2019
Matt and I are in Montreat for the International C.S. Lewis Symposium. It’s the end of the first day and so we pull out the microphones and have a quick chat…
S2E36 – Bonus – “Sitting in the Airport…”
Nov 6, 2019
I’m sitting in the airport in Charlotte, North Carolina, waiting for Matt, so I thought I’d record a quick message and share with you an extract from my interview on The Catholic Man Show where I talk about The Screwtape Letters.
S2E35 – Bonus – “We have a new logo!”
Oct 29, 2019
This is just a short episode to announce the launch of our new Pints With Jack logo! This design came from Matthew James Covington from Plena Gratia Designs.
S2E34 – AA – Emily LaPorte
Oct 22, 2019
In preparation for our reading of Till We Have Faces, Matt interviews Emily LaPorte.
S2E33 – Bonus – “State of the Podcast & Listener Feedback”
Oct 8, 2019
Today Matt and I finish up last week’s recording by reading some listener mail.
S2E32 – Bonus – Season Finale
Oct 1, 2019
It’s been a while since Matt and I got behind a microphone together. Today we bring you up-to-speed with what’s been happening in our lives. We had intended to also read some listener messages, but we ran out of time. We’ll do that in the next episode!
S2E31 – AA – Patti Callahan
Sep 24, 2019
At the beginning of Season 2, I interviewed author Patti Callahan about her latest book, Becoming Mrs. Lewis. Now at the close of the Season, Patti returns to talk to Matt about her own podcast, Behind the Scenes of Becoming Mrs. Lewis.
S2E30 – AA – Justin Brierley
Sep 17, 2019
Several times on Pints With Jack I have spoken about another podcast, “Unbelievable?”, hosted by Justin Brierley. Earlier in this Season I spoke about reading Justin’s book, remarking on the considerable number of C.S. Lewis quotations found throughout.…
S2E29 – AA – Dr. David Clark
Sep 10, 2019
Probably the most useful book I read during Season 2 of Pints With Jack was C.S. Lewis Goes To Heaven by David Clark. In today’s episode I interviewed Dr. Clark to discuss his book and wrap up our discussion of The Great Divorce. 01:51 – Introducing Dr.…
Bonus – Counsel of Trent and The Classical Theism Podcast
Sep 3, 2019
I was recently interviewed as a guest on two different podcasts: The Counsel of Trent and the Classical Theism Podcast. This episode contains clips from those interviews to whet your appetite for the full episodes… 00:40 COT Clip, Episode #190 04:44 COT…
S2E28 – Bonus – “You don’t know Jack!”
Aug 20, 2019
This episode is quite different from our usual Pints With Jack episodes. Rather than interviewing a scholar or discussing a chapter of Lewis’ work with Matt, I’m going to be reading an article I wrote which gives a rough outline of Lewis’ life.
S2E27 – AA – Dale Ahlquist
Aug 13, 2019
Today we look at G.K. Chesterton with renowned Chesterton scholar and champion, Dale Ahlquist. 02:02 Introduction of Dale Ahlquist 03:13 The drink and quote-of-the-week 04:45 How did you first encounter Chesterton? 09:44 Who was he? 21:24 What kinds of…
S2E26 – PC – “Caspian Continued…”
Aug 6, 2019
In the previous episode we began discussing the second book in “The Chronicles of Narnia”, which is called “Prince Caspian”. In this episode, we finish our discussion. 00:38 Continued Analysis 22:29 Overall review of the book 27:00 Surprise Haiku!
S2E25 – PC – “Prince Caspian”
Jul 30, 2019
Each Season we discuss briefly one of the Chronicles of Narnia. In Season 1 we read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. This Season, we’re reading Prince Caspian, as it was the second book to be published. In comparison to the previous book, Prince…
S2E24 – Bonus – “God Save The Queen!”
Jul 23, 2019
A rather unusual episode this week! My girlfriend and I recently went on vacation to England, so we thought it’d be fun to sit down and tell you all about it, including how we got to play with the personal belongings of a literary giant, as well as have…
S2E23 – TGD R – “Retrospective”
Jul 2, 2019
Sorry for the delay! This is the episode where Matt and I sit back and reflect on this past season going through The Great Divorce chapter by chapter. Click on the episode title for the Show Notes!
Bonus – Packing for England!
Jun 26, 2019
Hey everyone, I’m afraid there’s no substantial episode this week as I’m packing for my trip to England tomorrow. Click on the episode title for the Show Notes!
S2E22 – AA – Louis Markos
Jun 18, 2019
Today I speak to Dr. Louis Markos, Professor in English at Houston Baptist University and author of the book Heaven and Hell: Visions of the Afterlife in the Western Poetic Tradition. In this work, Professor Markos devotes a chapter to The Great Divorce,…
S2E21 – TGD 14 – “Sunrise”
Jun 11, 2019
We arrive today at the final chapter of The Great Divorce. Lewis sees a vision of a chessboard to help him understand the relationship between time and eternity and the sun, which throughout this book has been hidden, finally rises… Click on the episode…
S2E20 – TGD 13 – “The Dwarf and The Tragedian”
Jun 4, 2019
Last week we read that Sarah Smith was starting to get through to her ghostly husband. In today’s chapter we see the conclusion of that encounter and MacDonald explains why misery must one day be unable to affect joy… Click on the episode title for Show…
S2E19 – TGD 12 – “The Great Lady”
May 28, 2019
The focus of today’s chapter is not a ghost, but a Saint. According to MacDonald, she is “one of the great ones”, although you’ll have never heard of her before. This week we see even more clearly how fame on earth and fame in Heaven are two very…
S2E18 – AA – Justin Thomas
May 21, 2019
In today’s “After Hours” interview, I speak to Justin Thomas, a Pastor at Calvary: The Hill in Seattle. Justin’s congregation was behind “The Great Divorce Project” YouTube channel. These are the videos I’ve been talking about over the course of this…
S2E17 – TGD 11 – “The Mother and The Lizard”
May 15, 2019
This week we meet two different ghosts, both of whom have disordered loves. The first is a mother who “loves” her son so much that it obscures everything, even God. The second is a man who struggles with lust, represented by a lizard on his shoulder.…
S2E16 – Bonus – “Praise Him all His hosts!”
May 7, 2019
We’re taking a brief break from The Great Divorce to give the listeners an opportunity to ask the question: “Who exactly are Matt and David? Click on the episode title for Show Notes!
S2E15 – TGD 10 – “The Controlling Ghost”
Apr 30, 2019
Lewis and MacDonald overhear the conversation between a Ghost whose husband is in Heaven. She initially says she wants nothing to do with him, but ends up demanding that he beg given to her. In between, we get a vivid picture of their marital life…
S2E14 – TGD 9 – “The Grumbler and The Artist”
Apr 23, 2019
Last week we began looking at Chapter 9. It’s an action-packed chapter so we decided to discuss it over the course of two episodes. As we finish the chapter we discuss two of the ghosts whom Lewis sees: The Grumbling Ghost and The Artistic Ghost… Click on…
S2E13 – TGD 9 – “Meeting George”
Apr 16, 2019
The chapter today is really the pivot of The Great Divorce. In it, we meet George MacDonald, a writer whom Lewis had read on earth, but who is now a Bright Spirit. MacDonald explains much to Jack, particularly concerning the troubling accusations raised…
Bonus – Jesus isn’t dull!
Apr 9, 2019
Unfortunately I’ve been run off my feet this week and haven’t had time to edit a full episode. However, rather than just post nothing, I thought I’d read an extended quotation from “The Dogmas Is The Drama” by Dorothy Sayers, a good friend of C.S. Lewis.…
S2E12 – TGD 8 – “The Self-Conscious Ghost”
Apr 2, 2019
Today in our journey into Heaven we meet “The Self-Conscious Ghost”… Click on the episode title for Show Notes!
S2E11 – TGD 7 – “The Hard-bitten Ghost”
Mar 26, 2019
Once again we return to The Great Divorce! Today we get to meet a new visitor from Hell, “The Hard-Bitten Ghost”… Click on the episode title for Show Notes!
S2E10 – AA – Joseph Pearce
Mar 19, 2019
In this episode, Joseph Pearce and I will be discussing his book C. S. Lewis and the Catholic Church, which looks at Jack’s relationship to the Catholic Church and addresses the question asked by many Catholic C.S. Lewis fans: Why did Lewis not convert to…
S2E9 – TGD 6 – “The Apple Thief”
Mar 12, 2019
We’re back discussing The Great Divorce this week. In today’s chapter “The Intelligent Ghost” attempts to take some apples back to the grey town… Click on the episode title for Show Notes!
S2E8 – Bonus – “What is the point of Christianity?”
Mar 5, 2019
I was in Kansas this weekend speaking at a retreat so I didn’t get a chance to put together an episode with Matt. Rather than deprive you of an episode this week, here is the audio of a talk I gave at the weekend which draws heavily from Lewis and Mere…
S2E7 – TGD 5 – “The Episcopal Ghost”
Feb 26, 2019
Today we meet my favourite character in The Great Divorce, the extremely frustrating Episcopal Ghost. Click on the episode title for Show Notes!
S2E6 – TGD 4 – “I gotta have my rights…”
Feb 19, 2019
We now begin the main body of The Great Divorce. In each subsequent chapter, Lewis will witness an encounter between a Ghost and a Bright Spirit where we will see what they are willing to choose in place of Heaven. In today’s episode we spend time with…
S2E5 – TGD 3 – “Landing in Heaven”
Feb 12, 2019
Today we take our first steps into Heaven! The bus in which Lewis had been travelling alights in a new country and the passengers take their first tentative steps into this strange land… Click on the episode title for Show Notes!
S2E4 – AA – Patti Callahan
Feb 5, 2019
Our episode today is rather special. I sat down with New York Times best selling author, Patti Callahan, to discuss her recent book, Becoming Mrs. Lewis, which recounts the Improbable love story between Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis. Click on the episode…
S2E3 – TGD 2 – “The bus ride in the clouds”
Jan 29, 2019
When we last left Lewis, he had got on a bus in a grey town and was now flying through the sky towards an unknown destination. In today’s episode we learn more about the passengers on the bus. Click on the episode title for Show Notes!
S2E2.5 – Bonus – “The language we use…”
Jan 22, 2019
This week is a short episode and Matt and I are not discussing The Great Divorce. Instead I talk about an interaction I recently had on Facebook and how we’d all be better off if we took to heart a little piece of Lewisian wisdom… Click on the episode…
S2E2 – TGD 1 – “The bus stop in the grey town”
Jan 15, 2019
In today’s chapter we begin the actual story of The Great Divorce. Our protagonist, Lewis, finds himself in a grey town at twilight in the rain. He attaches himself to a queue at a bus stop and watches as people leave the line. Eventually the bus arrives…
S2E1 – TGD P – “Preface”
Jan 8, 2019
Today we start a new book! The Great Divorce is my favourite book by Lewis. Through the vehicle of Jack’s story, we get to see more clearly the daily choices which we make which takes us closer to either Heaven or Hell. Click on the episode title for Show…
S1E45 – Bonus – “Christmas Do-Over”
Dec 25, 2018
Matt and I wanted a little break, so today’s episode is a replay of our Christmas episode from last year. We’ll see you all in the New Year for Season 2 and “The Great Divorce”! Episode 45: “Christmas Do-Over” (Download)
S1E44 – LWW – “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”
Dec 18, 2018
New book this week! Since The Lamp-post Listener have finished going through “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”, Matt and I thought we would devote an episode to discussing the themes and ideas found in this fantasy work which we see taught…
S1E43 – AA – Joe Heschmeyer
Dec 11, 2018
Today I will be discussing theosis with Joe Heschmeyer from Holy Family School of Faith. He writes at Shameless Popery and is also on The Catholic Podcast. Earlier in the year, Joe came to San Diego and gave a presentation on the subject of theosis, so I…
S1E42 – MC R – “Retrospective”
Dec 4, 2018
Having completed Mere Christianity, Matt and I take this episode to discuss the book as a whole, share some of our favourite parts, as well as what it was like to read a book “in public” over the course of a year… Please send any objections, comments or…
S1E41 – MC B4C11 – “The New Men”
Nov 20, 2018
We have finally made it! In today’s episode we draw to a close our journey through “Mere Christianity”. Lewis closes out Book IV by talking in more detail about “The New Men”… Please send any objections, comments or questions, either via email through my…
S1E40 – MC B4C10 – “Nice people or new men?”
Nov 13, 2018
Today we address a question which is often asked by skeptics: why are all Christians not obviously nicer than non-Christians? In response, Jack asks “Did Christ come to make nice people or new men?” Please send any objections, comments or questions,…
S1E39 – MC B4C9 – “Counting the cost”
Nov 6, 2018
In this episode we explore what Jesus meant when he said “Be ye perfect”… Please send any objections, comments or questions, either via email through my website or tweet us @pintswithjack or message us via Instagram! Episode 39: Counting the cost…
S1E38 – MC B4C8 – “Is Christianity hard or easy?”
Oct 30, 2018
In today’s episode, Lewis attempts to answer the question: “Is Christianity hard or easy?”. When discussing this question you may hear conflicting answers, since Scripture sometimes speaks as though it is former, and then at other times, the latter.…
S1E37 – Bonus – “Aslan’s Country”
Oct 23, 2018
Today’s episode will be a little different from usual. This week, I tell Matt about my trip to The Kilns, the home of C.S. Lewis in Oxford. Afterwards, we finish up the episode by responding to some listener questions about God and gender. The audio…
Bonus – The Lamp-Post Listener
Oct 18, 2018
Hello everyone! We’ll have a fresh episode of The Eagle and Child for you next week, but in the meantime, here is this week’s episode of The Lamp-Post Listener. I was invited onto the show by Daniel and Phil to discuss Chapter 16 of C.S. Lewis’ The Lion,…
S1E36 – MC B4C7 – “Let’s Pretend”
Sep 25, 2018
Is pretending a good thing? In today’s chapter, Lewis explains why sometimes it’s a good thing to “fake it til you make it”. Please send any objections, comments or questions, either via email through my website or tweet us @pintswithjack or message us…
S1E35 – MC B4C6 – “Two Notes”
Sep 11, 2018
The chapter today is a short one. In it, Lewis adds two notes concerning things which were mentioned in the previous chapter. The first relates to the begetting of many sons and the second concerns his description of humanity as one great organism. Please…
S1E34 – AA – Justin Wiggins
Sep 4, 2018
Today will be an “After Hours” episode of The Eagle and Child, a new kind of format which we will occasionally intersperse among our regular programmes. In these episodes I will be talking to C.S. Lewis authors and enthusiasts. Today I will be…
S1E33 – MC B4C5 – “The Obstinate Toy Soldiers”
Aug 28, 2018
Today we encounter one of my favourite chapter titles in Mere Christianity: “The Obstinate Toy Soldiers”. Today we speak more about Christ’s Resurrection and what it achieved, and how we can benefit from it. This is our first remote episode. Matt moved to…
S1E32 – MC B4C4 – “Good Infection”
Aug 21, 2018
This week we continue to discuss the Trinity and the terms used to describe each its members. We ask what it means to say that “God is love”. Finally, we dig deeper into understanding what it means to participate in the life of God. Please send any…
S1E31 – MC B4C3 – “Time and Beyond Time”
Aug 14, 2018
Today we’re talking about time. This might seen like an abstract topic, but it helps us understand important questions, such as: 1. If God is all-knowing, how can we really have free will? 2. How can God keep creation going while He was a baby asleep in a…
S1E30 – MC B4C2 – “The Three-Personal God”
Aug 7, 2018
As we move into Chapter 2 of Book IV, we dive into the Trinity! What does it mean to say that God is a Trinity and how do we come to know this God better? How can we become one with God and yet not lose all individuality? All will be revealed in the…
S1E29 – MC B4C1 – “Making and begetting”
Jul 31, 2018
And now we begin Book IV! Together with Lewis, we take our first steps into the mystery of the Holy Trinity. In today’s episode we begin by looking at the point of theology and make distinctions between “making” and “begetting”… Please send any…
S1E28 – Bonus – “Mailbag Episode (Part 2)”
Jul 24, 2018
This week Matt and I read some more mail from listeners. This week we get some constructive criticism! We’re going to be talking about charity and suffering… Please send any objections, comments or questions, either via email through my website or tweet…
S1E27 – MC Bonus – “Mailbag Episode (Part 1)”
Jul 17, 2018
We’re back! After a bit of a hiatus (sorry about that!), Matt and I are now publishing podcasts again. We’ve got the next six already recorded, edited and ready to go. The next two episodes will be “mailbag episodes” where we will be reading some iTunes…
S1E26 – Bonus – “The Grand Reveal”
May 8, 2018
Today’s episode is a little different. Matt and I have an announcement. Last weekend we spent a day with New Eve Media… If you enjoy this episode, you can subscribe manually, or any place where good podcasts can be found (iTunes, Google Play, Podbean,…
S1E25 – MC B3C12 – “Faith” (Part 2)
May 1, 2018
And so we come to the final chapter of Book III. Continuing on from last chapter, we continue to examine “faith”. This chapter focuses on faith in terms of salvation. If you enjoy this episode, you can subscribe manually, or any place where good podcasts…
S1E24 – MC B3C11 – “Faith” (Part 1)
Apr 24, 2018
For the last two chapters of Book III we will be looking at the final theological virtue of “faith”. This chapter focuses on faith in terms of holding onto rational truths despite raging emotions. If you enjoy this episode, you can subscribe manually, or…
S1E23 – MC B3C10 – “Hope”
Apr 17, 2018
Last week we looked at “charity”, and today we look at another of the theological virtues, hope. Out of this entire book, this is probably my favourite chapter… If you enjoy this episode, you can subscribe manually, or any place where good podcasts can be…
S1E22 – MC B4C9 – “Charity”
Apr 10, 2018
We will spend the remaining episodes of Book III, we will be looking at the theological virtues. Today we begin with Christian love, also known as “charity”… If you enjoy this episode, you can subscribe manually, or any place where good podcasts can be…
S1E21 – MC B3C8 – “The Great Sin”
Apr 3, 2018
Today we come to the deadliest of the Seven Deadly Sins, pride, as well as its counterpart, my favourite virtue, humility. If you enjoy this episode, you can subscribe manually, or any place where good podcasts can be found (iTunes, Google Play, Podbean,…
S1E20 – MC B3C7 – “Forgiveness”
Mar 11, 2018
Lewis had previously said that he thought chastity was the most unpopular thing in Christianity. In today’s episode, he changes his mind, suggesting that it is, in fact, forgiveness. If you enjoy this episode, you can subscribe manually, or any place…
S1E19 – MC B3C6 – “Christian Marriage” (Part 2)
Feb 4, 2018
This week Matt and I conclude the chapter in “Mere Christianity” on the subject of Christian marriage. If you enjoy this episode, you can subscribe manually, or any place where good podcasts can be found (iTunes, Google Play, Podbean, Stitcher, TuneIn,…
S1E18 – MC B3C6 – “Christian Marriage” (Part 1)
Jan 28, 2018
Following on from last week’s episode on the virtue of chastity, today we look at the Christian teaching on marriage with C.S. Lewis. Matt and I got rather carried away on this chapter, recording far more material than normal, so this chapter will be…
S1E17 – MC B3C5 – “Sexual Morality”
Jan 21, 2018
What is the virtue of chastity? Is it unhealthy, impossible or repressive? In today’s episode, Matt and I look at what C.S. Lewis had to say about this, the most unpopular of the virtues… Are you following us on Instagram yet? You should! Also, if you…
S1E16.5 – Bonus – “Mea Culpa”
Jan 14, 2018
Sorry guys! I don’t think I’m going to be able to get out an episode of the Eagle and Child this week! We’ll be back next week. To make sure you don’t miss any episode, be sure to subscribe to our podcast stream, either manually, or through iTunes, Google…
S1E16 – MC B3C4 – “Morality and Psychoanalysis”
Jan 7, 2018
Is Psychoanalysis in competition with Christianity? Or are they, in fact, complementary? In today’s episode Matt and I will be unpacking what C.S. Lewis has to say about where psychoanalysis fits in with Christian morality and along the way we’ll learn…
S1E15 – MC B3C3 – “Social Morality”
Dec 31, 2017
In today’s episode, Jack asks what a truly Christian society would look like. He’s going to say some things to upset people on the Right and people on the Left… If you enjoy this episode, you can subscribe manually, or any place where good podcasts can be…
S1E14.5 – Bonus – “Merry Christmas!”
Dec 29, 2017
Rather than going through a chapter of “Mere Christianity” in this episode, today Matt and I are just going to be chatting about Christmas. You’ll get to hear about our favourite songs, the best presents we’ve received and our treasured Christmas…
S1E14 – MC B3C2 – “The Cardinal Virtues”
Dec 24, 2017
In today’s episode, we revisit some of the material covered in the previous chapter. In this episode, C.S. Lewis re-examines the question of morality through the classical lens of the four Cardinal Virtues: Prudence, Temperance, Justice, and Fortitude. If…
S1E13 – MC B3C1 – “The Three Parts of Morality”
Dec 17, 2017
Today in Mere Christianity, we begin Book III! This new book is entitled “Christian Behaviour”. In this chapter, in addition to learning about the qualities of my ideal woman(!), we discover what C.S. Lewis regarded as “the three parts of morality”. To…
S1E12 – MC B2C5 – “The Practical Conclusion”
Dec 10, 2017
In previous chapters, Jack has explained that we receive New Life from Christ. In this final chapter he looks at how it is communicated to us. He principally focuses on belief, Baptism and Holy Communion.
S1E11 – MC B2C4 – “The Perfect Penitent”
Dec 3, 2017
How did it save us? How have different Christians tried to explain it? Do we need to understand the mechanics of how it works in order to be saved? These questions and more will be discussed on this episode of “The Eagle and Child”, so pull up a chair and…
S1E10 – MC B2C2 – “The Shocking Alternative”
Nov 26, 2017
Does the presence of evil in the world mean that God wills it? This and several other very important questions will be tackled by C.S. Lewis in today’s episode. Jack looks at humanity’s attempt to be happy with “something other than God”, as well as God’s…
S1E9 – MC B2C4 – “The Invasion”
Nov 19, 2017
In today’s episode he looks at another possible contender, dualism, the idea that there are two independent and opposing powers locked together in an eternal battle…
S1E8 – MC B2C1 – “The Rival Conceptions Of God”
Nov 12, 2017
With Book I of “Mere Christianity” complete, we now move on to Book II! Having concluded that the Moral Law points to God, C.S. Lewis now examines the ”Rival Conceptions of God”.
S1E7 – MC B1C5 – “We Have Cause to Be Uneasy”
Nov 5, 2017
We finally come to the last chapter of Book I of “Mere Christianity”! The chapter bears the ominous title ”We have cause to be uneasy”. Thus far, C.S. Lewis has demonstrated that there is a Moral Law which we did not create and that we violate this Law…
S1E6 – MC B1C4 – “What lies behind the Law”
Oct 29, 2017
Our penultimate chapter of Book I of “Mere Christianity” is Chapter 4 and is entitled ”What lies behind the Law”. In this episode, Jack digs into the consequences of the Moral Law and, in particular, what we can know about the universe in which we live.
S1E5 – MC B1C3 – “The reality of the Law”
Oct 22, 2017
Moving on to Chapter 3 of “Mere Christianity”, Jack speaks further to “The reality of the Law”. Do we imagine a Moral Law because it is convenient to us? Or does it arise due to its good for society? In today’s episode, together with some help from C.S.…
S1E4 – MC B1C2 – “Some Objections”
Oct 15, 2017
In today’s episode, we look at Chapter 2 of “Mere Christianity” which is entitled “Some Objections”. In this chapter, C.S. Lewis responds to some issues raised by listeners in response to his assertion that there is this Moral Law.
S1E3 – MC B1C1 – “The Law of Human Nature”
Oct 8, 2017
In today’s episode we begin Book I of “Mere Christianity”, which is entitled ”Right and wrong as a clue to the meaning of the universe”. In this book, C.S. Lewis builds an argument for the existence of God based upon the idea that there is a Moral Law.
S1E2 – MC P – “Preface” (Part 2)
Oct 1, 2017
We conclude our discussion of the Preface of “Mere Christianity”.
S1E1 – MC P – “Preface” (Part 1)
Sep 30, 2017
In today’s episode, we begin the Preface of “Mere Christianity”.
Inaugural Episode
Sep 24, 2017
Our inaugural episode!