Literary Theologian Will Speak at Intersections

April 17, 2009

by Lillyan Baker, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

Baylor University's Student Activities and the Office of Spiritual Life will host "G.K. Chesterton, Tolkien and Thomas Aquinas: Or Why Fantasy Gives You Reality" as part of the Intersections program at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, in the Alexander Drawing Room in the Alexander Residence Hall on the Baylor campus.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature The Rev. Alison Milbank, professor in the department of theology at the University of Nottingham.

"My main focus will be on theological and philosophical realism in relation to whether the events of the stories are credible," Milbank said.

Milbank studied theology and English literature at Cambridge University, and earned her doctorate at Lancaster University in England. Her research focuses on non-realist literary and artistic expression, including Gothic, fantasy and horror.

"The visit by Rev. Alison Milbank is one of our most anticipated lectures this year," said Michael Riemer, associate director of Student Activities. "She is a scholar and gifted preacher and we could not be more excited to be hosting her at Baylor."

The Intersections program combines faith and culture with literature, politics and the arts for spiritual and intellectual growth.

For more information about the event, contact Student Activities at (254) 710-2371.

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