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Is LOTR a Christian Work & Catholic Masterpiece? w/ Dr. Holly Ordway

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Is LOTR a Christian Work & Catholic Masterpiece? w/ Dr. Holly Ordway

"Dr. Holly Ordway is a leading J.R.R. Tolkien expert and the Cardinal Francis George Fellow of Faith and Culture for the Word on Fire Institute. She is also the Visiting Professor of Apologetics at Houston Christian University (formerly Houston Baptist University). Her writing, speaking, and teaching focuses on imaginative and literary apologetics, and on the work of J.R.R. Tolkien. In this interview, we discuss Dr. Holly Ordway's upcoming book, Tolkien's Faith. "Tolkien described The Lord of the Rings as “a fundamentally religious and Catholic work” and declared, “I am a Christian (which can be deduced from my stories).” Yet he insisted his writings were not allegories, and Middle-earth is loved by millions who do not share his religious beliefs. How were his faith and his fiction related? Holly Ordway answers that question biographically, focusing on Tolkien’s spiritual development, a dramatic story that previous accounts of his life have left largely unexplored."

Chapters 00:00 Dr. Holly Ordway's Upcoming book on J.R.R. Tolkien published through @word-on-fire02:00 Prophet, Priest, & King theme in Lord of the Rings 07:00 Frodo Fails in the Quest! 10:05 Euchatastrophe? A word created by Tolkien 15:03 Death a central theme in LOTR 20:19 Raised by a Catholic Priest 26:11 C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, & Deep Friendship 29:03 Did Tolkien Hate Narnia? 32:40 Would we have Mere Christianity w/out Tolkien? 34:30 Heaven & the Finale in Narnia & Lord of the Rings 39:30 Tolkien's Purgatory (Allegory in Leaf by Niggle) 41:58 The Deep Sanctification of Lewis & Tolkien 48:08 Dr. Ordway's Great Books on Tolkien & Christian Apologetics & Word On Fire Updates 50:54 'Inkling Writing Groups' at Word on Fire Institute (Emmaus Writing Groups) 52:27 Renewing the Quality of Christian Writing & Fiction" from video introduction

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