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Chesterton and Tolkien as Theologians

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This book takes Chesterton's 'natural theology' through fairytales seriously as a theological project appropriate to an intellectual attempt to return to faith in a secular age. It argues that Tolkien's fiction makes sense also as the work of a Catholic writer steeped in Chestertonian ideas and sharing his literary-theological poetics.

While much writing on religious fantas
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Paperback, 202 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Bloomsbury T&T Clark (first published December 1st 2007)
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Anne Marie Gazzolo
Mar 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book contains what has to be the most beautiful description of the deep bond between Frodo and Sam I have ever read. It’s a rather long quote, but it’s very much worth giving, regarding the sundering of the two hobbits at the Grey Havens: “The main problem for the reader is how to separate in his or her mind two characters who have been a pair all through the novel, and who belong together. Despite his marriage, parenthood and obvious delight in Shire life, Sam is incomplete without Frodo, ...more
Adam Shaeffer
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
While I found much of interest and much to enjoy in Milbank’s work, two concepts arrested my attention, both of which occurred toward the beginning of the book and were woven throughout it: sub-creation as an avenue for approaching God and the need to re-enchant the world.

Milbank writes, “And it is in the ability to create — fiction is linked to the Latin verb facere, to make — that the artist comes closest to God” (64). It seems to me that this idea is laced through Leaf by Niggle as he careful
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Toby
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
To what extent is Lord of the Rings an imaginative work of Christian theology, and to what extent is it a reworking of multiple mythologies set in Tolkien's own obsessively detailed Middle Earth? This is the sort of question that could set Tolkien-fans arguing for hours - and indeed I've been part of such a heated discussion on more than one occasion.

Milbank would answer "both" to the question, but comes down very clearly on the significance of Christian theology in Lord of the Rings. It is cert
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Andrew Stout
Oct 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Wonderful in a number of ways, but I particularly enjoyed Milbank's discussion of the way that Tolkien uses Christian redemptive typology in multi-faceted and paradoxical ways in Lord of the Rings. There is neither a straight-forward Christ figure nor one definitive redemptive action. Rather, as a pagan anticipation of the Christian, there are many different themes, figures, and actions which give a shadowy picture of the era that will later be inaugurated in the Incarnation.
Jeremy
Oct 30, 2013 marked it as to-read
Alison Milbank was the keynote speaker at the Mideast Conference on Christianity and Literature at Patrick Henry College where I read a paper on Tolkien (Oct. 31, 2014).
David Mosley
Oct 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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6 stars. Packed full of insights on Tolkien, Chesterton and the imagination. Just great stuff.
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