From October 1, 2020, I will be presenting a weekly video presentation on ideas and people that I find interesting and helpful, in the hope that you will find them interesting and helpful as well. These videos are each 11-12 minutes long. You can share them with anyone you like. There are no copyright restrictions. The first presentation introduces me, and we will then move on to eight weekly presentations on C. S. Lewis. I will be posting information about other public lectures and presentations I am giving, and providing links to recordings. The presentations listed here, however, have been written and filmed specifically for my followers. Click on the presentation date for a link to the video on my YouTube page.
Here is how the first two months will look:
October 1: Introducing myself. This presentation explains who I am, exploring my own background as an atheist scientist who discovered Christianity at Oxford. C. S. Lewis was a major influence on my development, which explains why we move on immediately to eight presentations on aspects of this remarkable writer’s ideas.
October 8: Introducing C. S. Lewis.
October 15: Lewis’s Move Away from Atheism: The Issues
October 22: Dating Lewis’s Conversion: 1929 or 1930?
October 29: Christianity as a ‘Big Picture’: Making Sense of Life
November 5: The Chronicles of Narnia: Retelling the Christian story
November 12: Aslan: Is God a Wish-Fulfilment?
November 19: C. S. Lewis as a Christian Apologist
November 26: C. S. Lewis on the Problem of Pain
I have now begun to post a set of twelve 20 minute presentations entitled “The Island of Faith”, which uses the image of discovering and exploring a strange island to visualize the process of discovering and exploring the Christian faith. The first presentation, which is now available, develops this image, and sets the scene for my transition from a teenage scientific atheist to Christianity at Oxford University. The second, entitled ‘Becoming an Atheist’, tells about my early love of science. This began with a sense of awe in the presence of the beauty and vastness of nature, but gradually changed into a rather dogmatic scientific atheism. This presentation explains how this happened, and identifies three major factors which led to me becoming a teenage atheist.
The third presentation, ‘Needing More than Science’, explains my growing realization that science cannot answer life’s big questions. Science fills in part of a “Big Picture” of life, but cannot engage questions of meaning and value if it remains faithful to the scientific method. I engage this point in dialogue with Albert Einstein and the philosopher Mary Midgley.
The fourth explains my atheist ‘crisis of faith’, as I realized that what I had once believed to be certain turned out to be a matter of faith, lacking a proper basis in evidence. The presentation describes my growing concerns about atheism, scientific positivism, and Marxism – three interconnected sets of ideas which I had once assumed to be totally secure.