J.R.R. Tolkien has left an enduring legacy in literature and popular culture. But does his work have any value for the church? In this seminar, Dr. Sean McDonough explores the relationship of Tolkien’s legendarium to the apocalyptic portions of the Bible. In both instances, the journey to a “secondary world” is not meant to be an escape from reality but rather an escape to reality. In Tolkien’s words, such a journey should help us recover a sense of what the world is really all about.
J.R.R. Tolkien: Apocalyptic Theologian? Relentless Sorrow, Enduring Hope: The Silmarillion Of Elves and Men Reading the Gospel in the Lord of the Rings