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

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  • Alana Vincent
    Cole, In my experience, if you want your PhD from a Scottish University, you may actually have a better shot at funding for your PhD if you do your masters
    Message 1 of 21 , Mar 15, 2008

      In my experience, if you want your PhD from a Scottish University, you
      may actually have a better shot at funding for your PhD if you do your
      masters there. It varies by school, of course, but may be something to
      enquire about when you contact your potential research supervisor. Do
      be aware that most students in the UK do not receive much funding, and
      it can get quite expensive.


      On Sat, Mar 15, 2008 at 2:17 AM, 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
      > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

      Alana M. Vincent BFA MA
      Centre for Literature, Theology and the Arts
      University of Glasgow

    • Linda DeMars
      Yes, it was. Do you know her or have you taken the course? Linda ... [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
      Message 2 of 21 , Mar 15, 2008
        Yes, it was. Do you know her or have you taken the course?


        On 3/15/08, Merlin DeTardo <emptyD@...> wrote:
        > ---"Linda DeMars" <linda@...> wrote:
        > << last spring I took an online course about Tolkien from the Cardiff
        > Center for Life Long Learning which was very worth while >>
        > Was that Dimitra Fimi's course?

        [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
      • Merlin DeTardo
        ... I haven t taken Dimitra Fimi s course, but I have seen her present a trio of papers at conferences (Kalamazoo 2005 and 2007 and Birmingham 2005), the first
        Message 3 of 21 , Mar 15, 2008
          --- In mythsoc@yahoogroups.com, "Linda DeMars" <linda@...> wrote:
          > Yes, it was. Do you know her or have you taken the course?

          I haven't taken Dimitra Fimi's course, but I have seen her present a
          trio of papers at conferences (Kalamazoo 2005 and 2007 and Birmingham
          2005), the first of which, "'Needless to say they are not Celtic':
          J.R.R. Tolkien's Love-Hate Relationship with 'Things Celtic' and how
          they Sneaked into his Middle-earth Literature", became an article in
          last year's _Tolkien Studies_, with the shorter
          title, "Tolkien's '"Celtic" type of legends': Merging Traditions".

          -Merlin DeTardo
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