What the Inklings have to teach us about making each other better
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C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien were members of a group called the Inklings--writers who met to challenge and inspire each other in their work. Yet despite widespread appreciation for their writing, and even though many work tirelessly for the Kingdom, few Christians today choose to make their most precious thoughts, work, and identities vulnerable to the criticism of others.
This talk exploded myths about the Inklings, showed where you can see Lewis in Middle Earth and Tolkien in Narnia, and most importantly, revealed how Christians today can learn to cut through shallow praise and truly sharpen each other as iron on iron.
All photos copyright (c) Lancia E. Smith Photography
About the Speaker
Did you enjoy our events with Michael Ward and Malcolm Guite? Then you'll love this evening with the third part of the trifecta. Their friend Diana Glyer is also a powerful speaker, Lewis/Tolkien/Inklings expert, and profound contributor to the scene of the Christian imagination.
Diana is a professor of English at Azusa Pacific University, where she teaches on literature and theology. She has published extensively on Lewis, Tolkien, and the Inklings, including contributions to The C. S. Lewis Readers’ Encyclopedia and C. S. Lewis: Life, Works, and Legacy. She is the recipient of the Wade Center's Clyde S. Kilby Research Grant (1997) and APU's Chase A. Sawtell Inspirational Teaching Award (2002). Her latest book is "Bandersnatch: C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings." Available for purchase here.
About the 2015-16 Series
Longing is a common theme among American Christians.
- Some of us snap up the new "life-changing" book that's hit the market each year (Purpose Driven Life, Daniel Diet, etc.), but wonder why we always need the next one.
- Others occasionally indulge in imagining what it would be like to experience a Christianity that is more connected to the past, or cared more about beauty, or had an impact that stuck with us a little further into the week.
- Still others think we've found what we're searching for in some form of liturgical Christianity, but know we've barely scratched the surface of the riches before us. Or perhaps we've always been in that tradition, but wonder if its inheritance could be put to even better use.
Wherever on (or off) this spectrum you might find yourself, our 2015-16 series will explore the "more" for which you've been longing. We will explore the riches of our spiritual inheritance as Christians, using stirring visual art, writing, and music to illuminate aspects of the historic Christian faith and inspire our imaginations to go ever deeper.