Aquinas College’s Center for Faith & Culture hosted the “Tolkien and Lewis Celebration,” an all-day event on the 20th century’s greatest Christian literary figures, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, on Saturday, September 19.
Director of the Center for Faith and Culture Joseph Pearce invited noted speakers and scholars who talked about their research on the 20th century’s most influential Christian writers, J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis. Speakers included Dale Ahlquist, creator and host of EWTN’s Apostle of Common Sense; Kevin O’Brien, founder of Theater of the Word Incorporated; and Devin Brown, professor at Asbury University and author of nine books on Lewis and Tolkien. Belmont Honors Program Director Jonathan Thorndike and three of his students presented on “Tolkien and Peter Jackson: Creative Legacy or Hollywood Disgrace?” Pictured (l-r) are junior music business major Caleb Theriot, senior chemistry major Daniel Beagan, Thorndike and sophomore music business major McKenna Risch. The students discussed their research and divergent views of The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies made based on the books by J. R. R. Tolkien.