HIS 241 - Studies in Christian Literature: The Inklings during the era of Fascism

In the 1930s and 40s two relatively unconnected things happened in Europe.  In Oxford, England a group of Christian writers formed the world’s most famous informal writing club, the Inklings.  This group, led by C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, along with Owen Barfield, Charles Williams and, to a lesser extent, numerous others, met to discuss ideas, trends, and their writing projects.  On the other side of the English Channel, this same period witnessed the growth of Fascism and Nazism, the Holocaust, and the outbreak of the most devastating war in history.  

This course will look at the writings published by the Inklings, Lewis, Tolkien, and Williams specifically, between 1937 and 1945 and try to discern how they addressed the growing question of evil in the world.  This course can be considered a case-study in how Christians responded to the problem of evil in the world. This study will address each work as literature but looking also at the Christian truths confessed in them and how these were responses to the questions of evil that arose during that dark period of history.

Interested in this class? Email info@concordiasem.ab.ca for more information.


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