Sep 30, 2008

Sigma Tau Delta to welcome author and C.S. Lewis expert Michael Ward

by Danielle Jacobs

 Michael Ward, a leading scholar on the works of C.S. Lewis, is scheduled to arrive at Liberty University on Oct. 9 to share with students the mysteries uncovered in his book, “Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis.”

Ward will delve into the mind of Lewis by presenting his studies and thoughts regarding the symbolic meaning behind the “Chronicles of Narnia” series at 7 p.m. in DeMoss Hall 1104.

Scholars and theologians have tried for years to uncover the secret behind Lewis’ popular “Chronicles of Narnia” series. Ward makes an attempt to uncover this with his hypothesis that the seven books of the series represent seven medieval planets. His book challenges readers to look at a series intended for children and to find the deeper meaning locked within each page.

Ward is an ordained minister of the Church of England and has served as chaplain of Peterhouse in the University of Cambridge from 2004-2008. Currently he is a full-time writer, lecturer and scriptwriter. One interesting claim to fame for Ward is that he handed a pair of X-ray spectacles to the character James Bond in the 1999 movie “The World is Not Enough.”

Sigma Tau Delta (STD), the English honor society at Liberty, is hosting this event to give students a chance to examine the “Chronicles of Narnia” series from a new perspective. Ward will discuss his views and arguments from his book as well as give students the opportunity to ask questions.

“Ward (has) spoken at various Ivy League schools, and we are blessed to have him come speak at Liberty,” said Andrew Walker, an officer of STD.

This event is open to all students.

STD President Melissa Madsen encourages students to come and take their understanding of the meaning behind Lewis’ fiction writing to a more profound level.

“As Christians, we have many opportunities to study Lewis' theological material,” Madsen said. “Ward provides the opportunity to expand our knowledge of Lewis through his other writing venues — such as the beloved Narnia series.”

Jill Johnson, an officer of STD, encourages students to come with insightful thoughts and ideas to share. At this event, students can discuss their thoughts with Ward and fellow peers to explore the possibility of an underlying theme connecting the series to the seven heavens.

“I am hoping that students will be forced to think about Lewis' writing as a whole and especially the influences that mythology and astrology had on what he wrote,” Johnson said.

For more information about Michael Ward visit www.planetnarnia.com.

For details about the event contact Melissa Madsen at mjmadsen@liberty.edu.

 


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