J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and George MacDonald were the pioneers of the fantasy genre, and their impact is unmistakable. Faith in Imagination: The Fantasy Makers examines the spiritual influences of these fantasy pioneers and the lasting impact their works have on our present-day culture.
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J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and George MacDonald were the pioneers of the fantasy genre and their impact is unmistakable. Their works— exploring Middle-earth, Narnia, and other tales of redemption, sacrifice, and the battle of good and evil—have become best-selling books and blockbuster movies. Contemporary fantasy writers such as J.K. Rowling grew up inspired by their works.
All three were deeply committed Christians, and their spiritual convictions permeate their writing. They engaged and challenged from the pulpit of imagination, speaking truth through fantasy.
Faith in Imagination: The Fantasy Makers examines the spiritual influences of these fantasy pioneers and the lasting impact their works have on our present-day culture.
Featuring Rowan Williams, Kristin Jeffrey Johnson, Malcolm Guite, Allister McGrath, and Michael Ward.
Filmmaker Andrew Wall’s documentary centers on three pioneer fantasy writers who created a genre and, in the case of two of the authors, found inspiration in one another. Beginning with George MacDonald, the 19th-century Scottish minister and prolific writer, The Fantasy Makers delves into the primordial sources of inspiration for his many books of fairy tales and other works, a huge legacy that led to his mentorship of Lewis Carroll and ultimately had an enormous impact on both C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. MacDonald regarded his stories as myths steeped in imaginary worlds that could illuminate the mysteries of life and faith. Fellow Christians and friends Lewis (a convert to Christianity) and Tolkien were driven to build whole encompassing worlds in which characters tackled themes relating to good and evil in the former’s Chronicles of Narnia series and the latter’s epic Lord of the Rings trilogy (and prequel, The Hobbit). Combining dramatic re-creations with comments by various experts, this is an insightful look at the major forebears who would later influence J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Highly recommended. Aud: H, C, P. (T. Keogh)
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