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The Inklings (LIVESTREAM CCA III: January 30 - February 2, 2022)

Video from Hillsdale College

"C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien wrote some of the twentieth century’s most beloved works of literature, including robust defenses of the Christian faith. Together with Charles Williams, Owen Barfield, and others, Lewis and Tolkien were members of an informal professor-student literary group at Oxford in the 1930s and 40s known as the Inklings. This third CCA of the 2021-22 academic year will examine the philosophical, theological, and literary ideas that bound the Inklings, their understanding of the relationship of myth and reality, and the continuing importance of their thought and writings today." from video introduction.

Hillsdale College is an independent institution of higher learning founded in 1844 by men and women “grateful to God for the inestimable blessings” resulting from civil and religious liberty and “believing that the diffusion of learning is essential to the perpetuity of these blessings.” It pursues the stated object of the founders: “to furnish all persons who wish, irrespective of nation, color, or sex, a literary, scientific, [and] theological education” outstanding among American colleges “and to combine with this such moral and social instruction as will best develop the minds and improve the hearts of its pupils.” As a nonsectarian Christian institution, Hillsdale College maintains “by precept and example” the immemorial teachings and practices of the Christian faith. The College also considers itself a trustee of our Western philosophical and theological inheritance tracing to Athens and Jerusalem, a heritage finding its clearest expression in the American experiment of self-government under law. By training the young in the liberal arts, Hillsdale College prepares students to become leaders worthy of that legacy. By encouraging the scholarship of its faculty, it contributes to the preservation of that legacy for future generations. By publicly defending that legacy, it enlists the aid of other friends of free civilization and thus secures the conditions of its own survival and independence.


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