Michael Ward, PhD

  • Director, C.S.Lewis Centre
  • Professor of Apologetics
Professor of Apologetics
Director, C.S. Lewis Centre, Oxford, England

 

Education

  • PhD, Divinity, University of St Andrews
  • MA, Theology, University of Cambridge
  • MA, English Language and Literature, University of Oxford

 

Courses Taught

  • C.S. Lewis and Imaginative Apologetics
  • Literature and Apologetics

Teaching Focus

Dr Ward’s principal area of research is in theological imagination, particularly the intersection between narrative art and the expression of Christian experience and Christian doctrine.  Within this framework he has a special interest in theodicy.

Publications

Selected books

  • C.S. Lewis at Poets’ Corner, edited with Peter S. Williams (Wipf & Stock, 2016)
  • The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis, edited with Robert MacSwain (Cambridge University Press, 2010)
  • Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis (Oxford University Press, 2008; paperback edition, 2010)
  • Heresies and How to Avoid Them: Why it Matters What Christians Believe, edited with Ben Quash (Hendrickson, 2007)

Selected essays

  • ‘The Tragedy is in the Pity: C.S. Lewis and the Song of the Goat’ in Christian Theology and Tragedy, ed. T. Kevin Taylor & Giles Waller (Ashgate, 2012)
  • ‘The Good Serves the Better and Both the Best: C.S. Lewis on Imagination and Reason in Apologetics’ in Imaginative Apologetics: Theology, Philosophy and the Catholic Tradition, ed. Andrew Davison (SCM Press, 2011)
  • ‘C.S. Lewis’ in The Heart of Faith: Following Christ in the Church of England ed. Andrew Atherstone (Lutterworth, 2008)
  • ‘Christianity and Film’ in Christ and Culture in Dialogue, ed. Angus Menuge (Concordia Academic Press, 1999)

Other publications can be found listed at: www.michaelward.net

Awards and Honors

Dr Ward has an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Hillsdale College, Michigan (2015).  He received the 2011 Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies, given by the Mythopoeic Society, for his book Planet Narnia.

Additional Information

Dr Ward lives in Oxford in his native England, but visits the United States frequently, where he has lectured in over thirty of the fifty states, including at the universities of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Chicago, and at the Library of Congress.  His articles have appeared on the cover of Christianity Today, Touchstone Magazine, and the Christian Research Journal.  He is an editorial board member of Seven: An Anglo-American Literary Review, The Journal of Inklings Studies, and Sehnsucht: The C.S. Lewis Journal.  He presented the BBC television documentary, The Narnia Code, made by the BAFTA-winning director, Norman Stone.  He serves on the Advisory Board of the Wade Center, Wheaton College, Illinois, and as chairman of the trustees of the G.K. Chesterton Library, Oxford, England.  On the fiftieth anniversary of Lewis’s death, Dr Ward unveiled a permanent national memorial to him in Poets’ Corner, Westminster Abbey, London.

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