The Eagle and Child: Episode 4 (“Some Objections”)

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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.

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Episode 4: “Some Objections” (Download)

 

— Show Notes —

* My outline and notes for the Chapter 2 are available here.

* This week, Matt and I were drinking Heineken.

* In this chapter, Jack responds to three objections:

(1) The “Moral Law” is just herd instinct.

(2) The “Moral Law” is simply social convention which we are taught.

(3) The “Moral Law” has clearly changed – we used to kill witches!

* Matt mentions The Great Divorce, which is another book written by Lewis. It’s a fictional account of a dead man journeying into Heaven.

* When speaking about love, Matt gave a quotation from the great Archbishop Fulton Sheen, one of the first great American television evangelists. I followed up with a quotation from St. Thomas Aquinas, the prolific 13th Century philosopher and theologian.

* After further thought, I think the example I gave about the morality of eating cows wasn’t originally mine. I think I heard it on the Mere Christianity Podcast.

Restless Heart: Episode 9 (“Friends in high places, Part II”)

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In this week’s episode, we return to the Saints! Nessa and I share some Saint stories: St. Basil, St. Teresa of Calcutta and St. Philip Neri.

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Episode 9: Friends in high places, Part II (Download)

 

— Show Notes —

* My other podcast is “The Eagle and Child”, where my friend Matt and I talk about the works of C.S. Lewis. At the moment we’re working through “Mere Christianity”.

* Brother Peter, who was walking the San Diego Missions, was from the same order as Fr. Benedict Groeschel, who belonged to the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal.

* The Camino De Santiago is a pilgrimage route from the south of France to the far western coast of Spain. I walked this route in September of 1996.

* Our first Saint was St. Basil of Caesarea. I spoke about the Emperor Valens, Arianism and the Council of Nicaea. I’ve written a little bit about St. Basil here.

* Our second Saint was St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

* When speaking about Mother Teresa, I quoted Peter Kreeft, a well-known Philosophy Professor at Boston College: I think nobody alive today is a more powerful agent of conversion than someone like Mother Teresa. You can refute arguments but not her life. When she came to the National Prayer Breakfast and lectured President Clinton about abortion, he had nothing to say to her. He can’t argue with a saint. It’s too bad there isn’t an easier way, because becoming a saint is not the easiest thing in the world. It’s much easier to become an apologist or a philosopher or a theologian”

* I also quote from St. Augustine’s “Confessions” (XIII, Chapter 7, 17) “But I, miserable young man…entreated chastity of You, and said, Grant me chastity and continency, but not yet. For I was afraid lest You should hear me soon, and soon deliver me from the disease of concupiscence, which I desired to have satisfied rather than extinguished”

* Nessa also quoted from Pastor Rick Warren: “Most people today do not know the difference between a hero and a celebrity. Celebrities are famous for being famous and typically use the spotlight to promote themselves. The difference between heroes and celebrities lies in the reason for their sacrifice. Celebrities often make sacrifices, but they are made for personal benefit: to win a game, an award or an election. For instance, professional athletes, actors and entertainers may be celebrities, but they are not really heroes. They sacrifice for what they do because they enjoy it, or for money, or for fame or for personal satisfactions. Heroes, in contract, sacrifice for the benefit of others. They are self-giving. Mother Teresa is ‘Exhibit A’ of a true hero, a Saint”

* The final Saint we discussed was St. Philip Neri.

* My request “Sing me soft kitty” was a reference to the TV show “The Big Bang Theory”.

* There is still time to follow us @davidandnessa in order to win the new book by Jackie and Bobbie Angel.

The Eagle and Child: Episode 3 (“The Law of Human Nature”)

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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.

If you enjoy this episode, you can subscribe using iTunes or Google Play. As always, if you have any objections, comments or questions, please send us an email through my website or tweet us @pintswithjack.

Episode 3: “The Law of Human Nature” (Download)

 

— Show Notes —

* My outline and notes for the Chapter 1 are available here.

* A correction from our episodes on the Preface! I had previously attributed a saying to the Preacher to the Papal Household, Raniero Cantalamessa, but it turns out to originally come from Paragraph 20 of the Second Vatican Council document, Ut Unum Sint: “This is what Pope John XXIII believed about the unity of the Church and how he saw full Christian unity. With regard to other Christians, to the great Christian family, he observed: ‘What unites us is much greater than what divides us'”

* The beer we were drinking this week as we recorded was Blue Moon.

* In this episode, I mentioned Godwin’s Law, which states that “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Hitler increases”.

* The other C.S. Lewis book which is mentioned in this chapter is The Abolition of Man. In this work, Jack argues that there is a common morality found across cultures and throughout time, which he calls the “Tao”. In the appendix of that book, he provides evidence for this claim.

The Eagle and Child: Episode 2 (Preface – Part 2)

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Rather than having to wait a week, we decided to release Episode 2 of “The Eagle and Child” podcast where we conclude our journey through the Preface of “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis. I think Matt and I are starting to find our stride with this now 🙂

If you enjoy this episode, you can subscribe using iTunes or Google Play. As always, if you have any objections, comments or questions, please send us an email through my website or tweet us @pintswithjack.

Episode 2: Preface – Part 2 (Download)

 

— Show Notes —

* My outline and notes for the Preface are available here.

* If you are interested in listening to talk about Mary which I mentioned in the episode, it is available here and is entitled “Mary and the Early Church”. I also have a talk more generally on Biblical Typology called “Hidden Treasure”.

* Towards the end of the episode, Matt mentioned a talk by David Foster Wallace called “This is Water”.

* Both episodes of the John Crist spoof of “House Hunters” which I mentioned is available here.

* The Foreword read by Matt was by Kathleen Norris and is found in this edition of the book.

The Eagle and Child: Episode 1 (Preface – Part 1)

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In case you didn’t know, here in San Diego I’m part of a C.S. Lewis reading group called “The Eagle and Child”, named after the pub in which Lewis and “The Inklings” would regularly meet. Inspired through these group discussions, my friend Matt and I have launched a podcast where we will be working our way chapter-by-chapter through “Mere Christianity”. In today’s episode, we begin the Preface…

The podcast is available both on iTunes and Google Play. If you have any comments or questions, you can contacts us through my website or tweet us @pintswithjack.

Episode 1: Preface – Part 1 (Download)

 

— Show Notes —

* My outline and notes for the Preface are available here.

Restless Heart: Episode 8 (“The ‘Dump Him’ List”)

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Nessa is in charge this week! This means, of course, that we’re talking about dating. In this episode, Nessa outlines her “Dump Him” List and I offer a few of my own dating red flags as well…

Episode 8: The “Dump Him” List (Download)

 

— Show Notes —

* The “CIH” mentioned by Nessa at the beginning is The Children of the Immaculate Heart, an organization which serves the survivors of human trafficking.

* If you would like to help feed the homeless in Downtown San Diego, here is the Facebook Page for that group.

* The San Diego C.S. Lewis reading group is The Eagle and Child.

* When we were discussing friendships, I couldn’t remember who it was who said that you’re the average of the five people with whom you spend the most time. I’ve looked it up and it turns out that it was motivational speaker John Rohn.

* We mentioned Sheldon Cooper and Amy Farrah Fowler during our discussion. In case you haven’t come across them before, they are characters on a show called The Big Bang Theory.

* The Conference I said I was going to this weekend is The Catholic Answers Conference.

* If you would like to win a copy of Bobby and Jackie Angel’s new book, all you need to do is follow us on Twitter at @davidandnessa.

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Restless Heart: Episode 7 (“Friends in high places”)

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In this week’s episode, Nessa and I speak a little bit about Saints, and I share the story of one of my favourite Saints, the English Catholic Martyr, St. Edmund Campion.

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Episode 7: Friends in high places (Download)

 

— Show Notes —

* Nessa’s video “My mother loves me” is available at the Agnus Dei Foundation Facebook page.

* The movie I mentioned at the beginning about the life of St. Francis was “Brother Sun, Sister Moon”.

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