The Row House Forum: Community, Art, and Meals in Middle-Earth: J.R.R. Tolkien’s Response to Gnosticism
May 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
FRIDAY, MAY 1 at 7 PM
This is Dr. Dickerson’s third appearance at The Row House! He is Professor, Author, Musician, and Fly Fisherman (a true Renaissance Man, basically).
You may remember Matthew’s previous two talks at The Row House Forum:
9 Dec 2016 Childlike Wonder: Enchantment in C.S. Lewis & J.R.R. Tolkien
14 Nov 2017 Rivers & Streams in our Cultural Experience and Imagination.
His books include:
Ents, Elves, and Eriador: The Environmental Vision of JRR Tolkien
Downstream: Reflections on Brook Trout, Fly Fishing, and the Waters of Appalachia.
The Daegmon War series
The Mind and the Machine: What It Means to Be Human and Why It Matters
Hammers & Nails: The Life and Music of Mark Heard
You can expect a stirring talk, some lively Q&A, and awesome Square One Coffee to accompany the best evening snacks in town.
Due to the conference, seating will be limited, so please reserve your seats ahead of time, even if you are a Row House Member.
Reserve your seats for his lecture only here, but do it soon.
If you want to attend the two-day conference as well, you may take advantate of the exclusive Row House Members and Friends discounts.
What’s Gnosticism? It’s a nasty business, trust us. It’s a worldview that denies the inherent good of the created order. Christianity, on the other hand, affirms such an inherent goodness while at the same time acknowledging that it is damaged goods.
Our task as humans, then, is to participate in God’s restoration project of all things, starting with the human experience. That’s what Jesus is all about. From that starting point, community, art, and meals are uber-important for showing the world that God cares intimately for all that He has made, especially people.
To flesh out this world-embracing path of faith, Matthew will provide a glimpse of the Inklings’ perspective on earthly matters as seen in Tolkien’s writings.