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Mere Christianity Videos

Narnian78
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I wonder how people here like these videos of Mere Christianity. They are narrated by Philip Bird, who has a very good voice.

Since there are very few recordings of C.S. Lewis voice I think they are very nice videos and it is fortunate that they found a person with a fine voice to read from the original radio broadcasts of Mere Christianity.  Unfortunately, almost all of the radio broadcasts were lost because of the war effort, but this is the next best thing other than the book that was based on the radio talks. These videos are well worth watching, and the artwork on them is also very unique and intriguing.

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Topic starter Posted : January 18, 2023 4:02 am
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Courtenay
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That looks very interesting, thanks, @narnian78! I had heard a couple of the surviving recordings of Lewis himself, but when I've got some time, I would like to listen to these. Has Philip Bird recorded all of them? He doesn't have as nice and resonant a voice as Lewis, but he does read it very well — and it's good to have the reminder that these talks were originally broadcast during a time when questions of life and death and ultimate meaning (if there is any) were very, very very much in mind for everyone in Britain and in many other countries as well.

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Unfortunately, almost all of the radio broadcasts were lost because of the war effort

I could be wrong, but I'm guessing it was more likely due to the BBC's infamous propensity for wiping and reusing tapes, or else destroying them to free up storage space, which is why so many early episodes of Doctor Who and some other classic shows are missing as well... Eyebrow   (Another BBC radio series from the early 1940s, which I would love to hear and which also hasn't survived, is Dorothy L. Sayers' dramatisation of the Gospel story, The Man Born to Be King — going by the scripts, which are still available in book form, that would have been quite amazing.)

"Now you are a lioness," said Aslan. "And now all Narnia will be renewed."
(Prince Caspian)

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Posted : January 18, 2023 8:03 am
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@courtenay 

it looks like Philip Bird recorded many of the broadcasts. I am not sure, but I think he has done all of the chapters of the book Mere Christianity.  It may be all of the scripts that were used for broadcast. I think it was a great idea since the recordings are very listenable and easy to understand for the average listener. 

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Topic starter Posted : January 18, 2023 7:35 pm
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