Holly Ordway is the author of Not God’s Type: An Atheist Academic Lays Down Her Arms (Ignatius Press, 2014), and is Professor of English and Director of the MA in Apologetics, Cultural Apologetics Track, at Houston Baptist University, where she teaches cultural and imaginative apologetics (including creative writing) in a 'mere Christian' setting. She is currently working on a book on Tolkien and modern fantasy.
Posts from this author at the Novel Thoughts blog.
I’ve been arguing for the importance of a revitalized Catholic literature that is eucatastrophic, grounded in confidence of the truth of the Christian faith and nourished by the reality of the sacraments. I’ve repeatedly referenced Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings as an example of what we need to… Read more »
What makes for vibrant Catholic literature? Is there something missing in Catholic literature today? A lively discussion on the subject has been unfolding over the past two years. Paul Elie started the discussion with a 2012 piece arguing that we are seeing a decline in serious engagement with faith…. Read more »
January 9, 2015 8:00 am 8 Comments
Eucatastrophe: in a word, this is what we need today, for a renewed, vibrant, and compelling Catholic literature. The word, coined by J.R.R. Tolkien in his great essay “On Fairy-stories,” means “the good catastrophe”: the unexpected happy ending, the turn from sorrow to joy. Tolkien’s own great work The… Read more »