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19583Re: [mythsoc] Re: Graduate programs - C.S. Lewis, theology, & the arts

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  • Linda DeMars
    Mar 14, 2008

      For what it's worth, last spring I took an online course about Tolkien from
      the Cardiff Center for Life Long Learning which was very worth while, I
      thought. It was a ten week course with much outside reading and rsearch, and
      we finished by submitting an essay on Tolkien-related topics. I was
      delighted and surprised that I received all 4's and 5's (mostly 5's), and
      I now have ten credits at any institute of higher learning in the UK.

      I would be very happy to take a similar course if they offered such.

      If you run across online courses, please pass this on to me.

      Linda C.DeMars

      On 3/14/08, Cole Matson <ccematson@...> wrote:
      > Thanks to everyone for their input on this thread! I got some good
      > ideas.
      > Carl: I'll definitely look for Aquinas in the curriculum. Ever since I
      > read
      > C.S. Lewis & the Catholic Church and attended graduate school at a Jesuit
      > college, I've been interested in learning more about medieval Catholic
      > thinkers. The Summa Theologiae is on my short list of theology texts to
      > read.
      > Side note: Anyone read C.S. Lewis & the Catholic Church? What do you think
      > about the author's conclusion that C.S. Lewis's theology was very close to
      > Catholicism, but that he never converted because of his early Ulster
      > indoctrination against "papists" (as well as a handful of very conscious
      > disagreements with Catholic theology)?
      > Sarah: I actually applied to Fuller for their Ph.D. program in clinical
      > psych, which incorporates an M.Div. I received an interview, but was not
      > accepted. I liked the school (and the idea of living in the L.A. area),
      > but
      > I honestly do have some concern about attending an evangelical Protestant
      > school. It's a tradition that, in my experience, can be very fruitful, but
      > which can also be wasted. Both my father and his father attended an
      > evangelical Protestant college (Wheaton, in IL, i.e. the home of the True
      > Wardrobe:-)), and they both loved the school and their experience there.
      > By
      > all accounts, Wheaton is a place where evangelicalism is done well, and
      > with
      > intellectual rigor. (It's the one sure place I'm applying, because I grew
      > to
      > love the school as well during my visits there. It also helps that it's
      > the
      > home of the Wade Center and much Lewis interest.) Unfortunately, it's been
      > my experience that in some evangelical Protestant communities, especially
      > the ones that consider themselves fundamentalist as well, critical
      > thinking
      > is limited and opposing opinions are not brooked. This is not to say that
      > such a climate is the default by any means, just that you have to be
      > careful
      > to learn what "strain" of evangelical Protestantism you're dealing with.
      > (For example, I'm not a big fan of the article I read the other week that
      > seriously claimed that C.S. Lewis was going to Hell because he wasn't a
      > fundamentalist evangelical of a certain belief set. According to the
      > author,
      > if you don't believe, as one example, that everything in the Bible should
      > be
      > taken literally, you're not a Christian and are damned.) And besides all
      > that, personally, evangelical Protestantism is not where I feel most
      > comfortable. (I'm still trying to suss out where that is, actually - the
      > past year I've spent looking for a church that fits has brought this issue
      > to the forefront.)
      > I've heard of Act One. They sound like they're doing some interesting
      > work.
      > Larry: Thanks very much for the suggestion of Notre Dame (as well as the
      > other schools). I looked at the ND program last night and was mightily
      > intrigued. Option #2 that you gave (looking for Lewis/Tolkien scholars and
      > following up with them) is the way I went about looking for grad schools
      > in
      > clinical psych, and is another approach I am taking.) I don't think I'll
      > do
      > a literature degree, in that I really do want to tackle theology head-on,
      > but I did briefly consider it as an option.
      > Also, your suggestion of reading was spot-on! As a matter of fact, I've
      > already started. I got a couple books of basic theology readings by
      > Alister
      > McGrath. I'm following those up by reading the Lewis books I haven't yet
      > read, and re-reading the ones I last read several years ago (in
      > preparation
      > for a week-long seminar I'm attending at the Kilns this July). Then I'm
      > going to my list of major theological tomes, as well as books that
      > influenced Lewis that I've gleaned from various sources, his own writings
      > among them. (I read All My Road Before Me a few months ago, and that was a
      > treasure trove, as was a footnote in The Company I Keep, I believe, that
      > quoted Lewis in an interview listing the top 10 books that influenced
      > him.)
      > Several of the titles on the list you gave I've either already read or
      > already have on my list, but there are many there that weren't. Thanks for
      > all of them!
      > Lynn: Thanks for the suggestions of Azusa Pacific & Biola. I've added them
      > to my list (or I added Biola at least; Azusa was already on my list
      > because
      > of my enjoyment of The Company They Keep).
      > Wendell & Vincent: Thanks for your list of schools! (Europe is definitely
      > not out of the question, Vincent. My mother studied at the Sorbonne, et
      > j'adore Paris.)
      > Alana: St. Andrews is not too far afield at all, and as a matter of fact,
      > I
      > would love to apply to the Institute's Ph.D. program later on. (Not nearly
      > ready yet!) That program is actually the place I'm working toward
      > eventually. Inklings and their influences dot the students' dissertation
      > titles. (I even saw the word "mythopoeia" a couple times.)
      > Grace: Thanks for your suggestion of Wheaton. As I stated above, that's
      > the
      > one place I'm definitely applying. Even though, as I stated earlier,
      > evangelical Protestantism isn't my most comfortable sphere, I have felt
      > comfortable when I've visited Wheaton. In addition, the C.S. Lewis seminar
      > at the Kilns I'm attending this summer is being run by Dr. Christopher
      > Mitchell, the director of the Wade Center and a professor of Theology at
      > Wheaton, so I'll be able to grill him about the program. *grin*
      > Here's my shortlist of schools to research, besides the ones you guys
      > suggested, in case anyone's interested:
      > Regent College (Vancouver)
      > Princeton Theological Seminary
      > Princeton
      > Georgetown
      > St. Mary's Seminary Ecumenical Institute (Baltimore)
      > Fordham
      > NYU-Gallatin School of Individualized Study
      > Oxford
      > Cambridge
      > University of St. Thomas (TX)
      > St. John's College - Annapolis
      > Johns Hopkins
      > St. Andrews
      > University of Glasgow Centre for Literature, Theology & the Arts
      > University of Chicago (Divinity School)
      > Fuller Theological Seminary
      > Union Theological Seminary
      > Columbia University
      > Yale Divinity School
      > Thanks again for the help!
      > Cole
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