Finding God in Fiction and Fantasy Forum

Finding God in Fiction and Fantasy will help us to understand the intent of authors like Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and even J. K. Rowling. Various members of the congregation will facilitate discussion. What, after all, are parables, metaphors and allegories if they are not teaching tools? Jesus used very simple tales to convey very profound truths. The plots of the Narnia stories, or Harry Potter, or the Lord of the Rings are very complex. Are they, too, trying to teach us something about our God and about our human situation?

JRR Tolkien: The Lord of Middle-Earth
This series of three classes, facilitated by Greg Zuschlag of the Oblate School of Theology, will explore the imaginary or “fantasy” world created by JRR Tolkien with an eye to how his Christian faith inspired and motivated his work. The first session will provide an introduction and overview to Tokien’s legendarium, especially for those unfamiliar with his works. The second session will delve into Tolkien’s creative process by looking a how he avoided simple allegory and understood the role of fantasy, especially in its relationship to Christianity. The final session will look at the Lord of the Rings plot, themes, and its characters.

This Forum meets in the Church Library Sundays during the Adult Formation Hour 9:15-10:15am.

Childcare is available for Nursery age children. Godly Learning runs concurrent for older children in the Garden Classroom for ages 4-6 and in the Treehouse Loft for ages 7-11.