Friday, January 13, 2012

"What's Wrong with the World?" Asks the Eighth Day Institute

With "An Inkling of a Response" from C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, G.K. Chesterton & Co.--while remembering G.K.'s reply to the same question: "I am."

So, while I can't go next week to Fr. Longenecker's conference on English Catholicism in Greenville, South Carolina, I can attend this conference at the end of January here in Wichita, with keynote speaker Ralph Wood from Baylor University:

Ralph C. Wood, University Professor of Theology and Literature at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Texas A&M University-Commerce, as well as M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago. From 1971-97 he taught on the faculty of Wake Forest University, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he was the John Allen Easley Professor of Religion. At Baylor, he teaches in both the Great Texts program and the Department of Religion. He serves as an editor-at-large for the Christian Century and as a member of the editorial board of the Flannery O’Connor Review.

His major book, first published in 1988 and still in print from the University of Notre Dame Press, is entitled The Comedy of Redemption: Christian Faith and Comic Vision in Four American Novelists (Flannery O’Connor, Walker Percy, John Updike, and Peter De Vries). He is also the author of Contending for the Faith: The Church’s Engagement with Culture (Baylor, 2003); The Gospel According to Tolkien: Visions of the Kingdom in Middle-earth (Westminster John Knox, 2004); and Flannery O’Connor and the Christ-Haunted South (Eerdmans, 2004).

Also presenting: Warren Farha, Proprietor of Eighth Day Books, Stan Cox, and my friend Jackie Fremin. If you are in the area, please try to attend.

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