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The Bald Eagle: Mr. Shelton gives a brief introduction about what Dr. Louis Markos will be speaking about on January 11 and encourages all to attend.

Once again we are privileged to welcome Dr. Louis Markos as our annual Mars Hill lecturer.  Lou is a professor, a first-rate scholar, the author of close to twenty books, and one of the most energetic and captivating lecturers around.  On January 11, Lou will be speaking to us on “Classical and Theological Virtues in Lewis and Tolkien.” 

According to Lou, 

The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord the Rings embody a rich understanding of virtue that is worked out in the lives and choices of both human beings and mythical characters. Join me as I explore how Lewis and Tolkien give dramatic shape and force to the four classical virtues (courage, temperance, wisdom, justice) and the three theological virtue (faith, hope, love).”

The lecture will be a distillation of the ideas presented in his book On the Shoulders of Hobbits: The Road to Virtue with Tolkien and Lewis.  To give you a taste of what is to come, below is an excerpt from the Introduction to that book:

“Although I do not intend this book to be didactic or ‘preachy,’ it will be my goal…to be both practical and convicting. I will be treating The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles as wise and reliable sources of truth. Though I don’t consider Tolkien or Lewis to be prophets in the biblical sense, I do believe that these deeply Christian authors allowed themselves to be conduits of the Good, the True, and the Beautiful.  For both authors, stories were fun, but they were also serious business.  Like Aslan, the Lion King of Narnia, they were to be loved and cherished but never trifled with. In the same spirit, though I mean for this book to be a fun, breezy, and energetic read, I do hope it will be attended to in a manner befitting its high seriousness. Our modern (and now postmodern) age has cast off—sometimes deliberately, but most often unthinkingly—many of the beliefs and virtues and disciplines that are necessary to the continuation of civilized life and the preservation of individual dignity and purpose….It is my hope that we can revive those virtues and reawaken those stock responses that Tolkien and Lewis felt in their bones but which we and our society have allowed to fall to the wayside.”

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