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The Marion E. Wade Center

The Marion E. Wade Center of Wheaton College, Illinois is a major research collection of materials by and about seven British authors: Owen Barfield, G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, Dorothy L. Sayers, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams.

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Our mission is to collect and preserve resources related to Owen Barfield, G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, Dorothy L. Sayers, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams, and make them available through our reading room, museum, publications, programming, and outreach efforts.

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Book Release: The Messiah Comes to Middle-earth

Based on the inaugural Hansen Lectureship series delivered at the Marion E. Wade Center by President Philip Ryken, this volume mines the riches of Tolkien’s theological imagination. In the characters of Gandalf, Frodo, and Aragorn, Ryken hears echoes of the threefold office of Christ—his prophetic, priestly, and royal roles. Copies of the book are available at the Wade Center or via the InterVarsity Press website.

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Co-Directors of the Wade Center Named

The Marion E. Wade Center is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Crystal Downing and Dr. David C. Downing as co-directors and co-holders of the Marion E. Wade Chair of Christian Thought, effective July 1, 2018.

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