The Gospel in Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings"

Speaker(s): Ralph Wood
Date: July 14-25, 2003
Length: 16:22:22
Product ID: RGDL3312S

Purchase Options:

MP3 Download - $64.99
MP3 CD - $84.99

Description

This series explores the various ways in which Tolkien infuses his masterpiece with the main claims of the Christian gospel. Wood covers topics such as the horrors of our terrible time and the sinister and addictive quality of totalistic and coercive power as seen by Tolkien. He also covers Tolkien's understanding of Faith that persists among friends with a common lord and mission, Hope that endures and Charity that forgives in the face of terrible wrongs. Lectures include:

  • Intro to Tolkien's Life and Work
  • Fantasy, Creation, and Calamity
  • Adventure, Vocation, and the Quest
  • Community, Humor, and the Slow Movement of Time
  • Providence and the Prudence of the Little People
  • The Nature of Beauty and Betrayal
  • The Natural Order, Magic, and Coercive Power
  • Heroism, Sacrifice, and the Weak
  • Failure, Mercy, and the Triumph of God
  • Tolkien's Place in Church and Culture

See All Audio by Ralph Wood

Ralph C. Wood is University Professsor of Theology and Literature at Baylor University. There he has taught award-winning courses that are devoted to the relation of Christian faith to imaginitive literature. He is the author of The Comedy of Redemption: Christian Faith and Comic Vision in Four American Novelists., Contending for the Faith: The Church's Engagement with Culture, The Gospel According to Tolkien: Visions of the Kingdom in Middle-earth and Flannery O'Connor and the Christ-Haunted South.

Related Audio

Details / Buy

Romans in a Week

Speaker: N.T. Wright

Details / Buy

Mapping Gender

Speaker: Sarah Williams

Details / Buy

Christian Perspectives on the History of Philosophy

Speaker: Loren Wilkinson

Details / Buy

Deuteronomy: Its Relevance to Christian Mission and Ethics

Speaker: Christopher Wright

Details / Buy

Building Strong Marriages

Speaker: Mark Davies

Details / Buy

The Gospel of Mark

Speaker: R.T. France

Details / Buy

Pre-Nicene Christianity: The Formation of the Theological Tradition

Speaker: John Behr

Details / Buy

Rock Garden Series: Rikk Watts

Speaker: Rikk Watts

Details / Buy

Wholistic Spiritual Formation

Speaker: Christopher Hall, Carolyn Arends

Details / Buy

Trinity in Contemporary Theology

Speaker: John Vissers

Details / Buy

Christian Doctrine of the Church

Speaker: Klaus Bockmuehl