Ohio Community Lecture Series

The C.S. Lewis Institute - Northeast Ohio in partnership with CCO Campus Ministry at Youngstown State University presents a free Community Lecture Series event.


Dr. Holly Ordway is Professor of English and faculty in the MA in Apologetics at Houston Baptist University; she holds a PhD in English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is the author of Apologetics and the Christian Imagination: An Integrated Approach to Defending the Faith (Emmaus Road, 2017) and Not God’s Type: An Atheist Academic Lays Down Her Arms (Ignatius, 2014). Dr. Ordway is also a published poet, and a subject editor for the Journal of Inklings Studies. Her academic work focuses on imaginative apologetics, and on the writings of the Inklings, especially C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Her current book in progress is Tolkien’s Modern Sources: Middle-earth Beyond the Middle Ages.

Thursday, April 12, 2018 Pastor’s Lunch at Center for Christian Faith & Culture, Malone University 

“Not God’s Type: From Atheism to Christian Faith”

Dr. Holly Ordway once thought she was “not God’s type” - an atheist professor hostile to Christianity - but she discovered that following the truth led her on an unexpected journey. In this talk, she shares her journey from atheism to Christian faith. In particular, she discusses how the imagination, working through stories and poetry, played a crucial role in her conversion to Christianity as well as her growth as a Christian. Her story shows what it’s like to move from outside the Faith to inside, and provides encouragement and insights for those who are involved in apologetics, evangelization, preaching, and teaching.

Friday, April 13, 2018 C.S. Lewis Institute - Northeast Ohio Community Lecture 7PM-8:30 PM In Partnership with CCO/YSU 

“Tolkien and the Function of Fantasy”

Why is The Lord of the Rings so popular, both as a book and as films? Is fantasy nothing but a silly escape from reality? Or are there deeper reasons why fantasy – and imaginative narratives in general – are so appealing? In this talk, Dr. Ordway will draw on Tolkien’s insights into the genre in order to explore the question of what fantasy is, how it works, and why it matters.




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