FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 2, 2008
Office of College Communications
WENHAM, MA-Michael Ward, author of Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis, will speak on Monday, April 21, at 4:30 p.m. in the Jenks Library at Gordon College. The lecture will focus on the creative imagination of C.S. Lewis and personal reflections from Ward's new book. The event is free and open to the public.
Ward, an Anglican clergyman, writer and speaker, is currently on an international book tour that is drawing both avid C.S. Lewis readers as well as academic scholars to his speaking engagements.
In his book, Ward points to a newly identified connection of the famed authors writings. He describes how C. S. Lewis "secretly based the Chronicles of Narnia on the seven heavens of the medieval cosmos," a previously undiscovered connection. Ward, who lived at the Kilns--C.S. Lewis's Oxford home--for three years, also discusses what Lewis's motivations may have been, what the seven heavens are, and what the significance of this newly-discovered theme might be.
Ward is the co-editor of Heresies and How to Avoid Them, and has contributed to such books as Christ and Culture in Dialogue, and Lightbearer in the Shadowlands: The Evangelistic Vision of C.S. Lewis, as well as having written numerous scholarly articles and reviews. He earned his undergraduate degree from Oxford University, his master's degree in theology from Cambridge University, and his Ph.D. from St. Andrews University in Scotland. He is a noted Lewis scholar, and has served the Lewis Society as the resident warden and curator of Lewis's Oxford home, The Kilns. He has spoken on Lewis, the theological imagination, The Inklings, and other topics as an international speaker. Ward resides in the United Kingdom. This is his second visit to Gordon College.
For information on this lecture or to schedule an interview, contact Abigail Geer in the Office of College Communications at abigail.geergordon.edu. For information on Planet Narnia visit www.planetnarnia.com.
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