Magdalen College: From the Summit

The Power and Truth of Myth: Tolkien, Chesterton, and Lewis

December 8, 2021

Two Magdalen students join Dr. Messmore in the studio to discuss the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, G. K. Chesterton, and C. S. Lewis. Andrew Kays and Luke Sherman explore the role of Christian fiction in advancing Christ’s mission in the world. To what extent did Tolkien, Chesterton, and Lewis make use of allegory? Why did they think that fantasy helps us to rediscover the world’s beauty? How does reading myth fit a college’s mission of seeking truth? This historic episode will deepen your appreciation for the power of myth and will impress you with the quality of Magdalen’s students!

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