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Mead Spiritual Formation Endowment - Book Launch events for "Tolkien's Faith: A Spiritual Biography" with Holly Ordway

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Holly Ordway"A Hard-Won Faith: Tolkien's Spiritual Journey"

Monday, September 25 @ 7pm CT in Bakke Auditorium
Tolkien is well known as a Christian, but what is less well known is that the story of his spiritual development reveals a dramatic tale of a hard-won faith, involving sorrow and suffering as well as joys and consolations. A devout Catholic, Tolkien also had a deep spiritual friendship with the Anglican C.S. Lewis. Both of these aspects of Tolkien’s faith provide insight into how Christians today can grow in their own spiritual lives. Watch the September 25 Lecture

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Tuesday, September 26 @ 4pm CT in Bakke Auditorium
Tolkien declared, “I am a Christian (which can be deduced from my stories).” His writings were not allegories, so how, then, were his faith and his fiction related? Ordway explores this question biographically, looking at some of the ways that Tolkien’s dramatic life story, including his being raised by a Catholic priest at the Birmingham Oratory, and his experiences in the Great War, shaped his faith and found their way – in a subtle and complex manner – into his writings. Co-sponsored by the Marion E. Wade Center and Wheaton College Tolkien Society. Watch the September 26 Lecture