The Catholic World of J. R. R. Tolkien
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The Catholic World of J. R. R. Tolkien

June/July 2016: The Catholic World of J. R. R. Tolkien

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“A Sacramental View of the World: Tolkien and My Conversion” by Daniel Bennett

I have finally discovered the answer to what
struck me at the time, many months hence,
as an evasive, yet undeniable fact: J. R. R.
Tolkien, without saying one word about the
Catholic Church per se, had played no small
part in my conversion. C. S. Lewis lucidly
describes this method of teaching Christian
doctrines through fairy tales in
a letter to the Anglican nun
Sister Penelope: “Any amount
of theology can now be smuggled
into people’s minds under
cover of romance without their
knowing it.”

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Joseph Pearce
Joseph Pearce is a Catholic author and biographer who has written about subjects as various as GK Chesterton, economics, and Shakespeare. His latest book, Race with the Devil, chronicles his conversion from racial hatred to Catholicism. He is also the Director of the Center for Faith & Culture and Writer-in-Residence at Aquinas College in Nashville as well as the editor of St. Austin Review.

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