Houston Baptist University’s Master of Arts in Apologetics has become a real centre of exploration of scholarship about C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Inklings. This makes sense as the Inklings are some of the most significant imaginative Christian writers of the last century. As a result, HBU’s programme has grown to include significant figures who do their thinking with C.S. Lewis, including Jerry Walls, Michael Ward, and Holly Ordway.
Dr. Michael Ward, HBU professor of Apologetics and leading figure in the Planet Narnia framework, led a C.S. Lewis Talk & Panel, “The Current State of Lewis Studies,” in the Belin Chapel of HBU. HBU scholars, Dr. Holly Ordway, Dr. Louis Markos, and guest, Mr. Andrew Lazo, joined the conversation, with Holly moderating the discussion. For people who are thinking about moving into Lewis scholarship or deepening their reading about C.S. Lewis, this is a great place to start. The reading list that Michael and the other scholars propose really is the hot list of what critical thought about Lewis is focussing on. There are a few things I would add, but I wanted to share this video as a resource.
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“A Pilgrim in Narnia” is a blog project in reading and talking about the work of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the worlds they touched. As a "Faith, Fantasy, and Fiction" blog, we cover topics like children’s literature, apologetics and philosophy, myths and mythology, fantasy, theology, cultural critique, art and writing.
This blog includes my thoughts as I read through Lewis and Tolkien and reflect on my own life and culture. In this sense, I am a Pilgrim in Narnia--or Middle Earth, or Fairyland. I am often peeking inside of wardrobes, looking for magic bricks in urban alleys, or rooting through yard sale boxes for old rings. If something here captures your imagination, leave a comment, “like” a post, share with your friends, or sign up to receive Narnian Pilgrim posts in your email box.
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