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From Shakespeare to the Inklings

The Bible's Impact on Creative Imagination

September 7–9, 2022AdultSpecial Events
This event is hosted by the Presbyterian Heritage Center.

This unique Inklings (C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, etc.) conference highlights the Bible’s impact on Western Civilization, affecting authors, musicians and artists from the 15th century through today. It will change your world view – from the medieval society lit only by fire to the incandescent musings and works of the Oxford-based Inklings of the 20th century.

Come learn from world-renowned scholars, who will reveal the Bible’s influence on the:
* the greatest English Playwright (William Shakespeare);
* the greatest English Epic Poet (John Milton);
* the greatest English Novelist & Allegorical work of the 17th – 19th centuries (John Bunyan);
* the most popular legend – King Arthur and the Round Table – and its treatment through the centuries, especially by the Inklings;
* leading 20th Century Christian writers from the Inklings (C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, et al) to Dorothy Sayers.

Plus there will be a limited museum display during the conference of illuminated manuscripts, the Saint John’s Bible – the first calligraphy and illuminated art Bible in 500 years, an original Folio of Shakespeare Plays from the early 1600s, and much more!

Limited attendance. First come, first served.
Act now to reserve your attendance at this conference with a unique perspective on Christian faith affecting the literary and art culture for the past 750 years.


Books visible in the event photo:

top row – 13th century choir introit, Second Folio 1632 of Shakespeare plays, 1st American edition of Tokien’s The Hobbit,
bottom row – Illuminated drawing from St. John’s Bible, Geneva Bible mid-1500s, first American edition of C.S. Lewis’ Pilgrim’s Regress. All these items and more will be displayed during the March 2022 conference.

Leadership

Registration

Registration covers the program lectures and panels, plus it includes two (2) dinners, one (1) lunch; refreshments at the plenary session breaks, as well as helping to cover general meeting expenses (equipment, audio-visuals, meeting room charges, speaker expenses, etc.). Rooms at the Assembly Inn are also available.

Individual Rate Group Rate
10 or more
On or Before July 5, 2022 $260/person $230/person
After July 5, 2022 $300/person $300/person

To register a group, please contact the registrar at susana@montreat.org with a list of who you are registering as well as any dietary requirements. The registrar will contact you shortly afterwards to confirm your group registration.

Cancellations are subject to a $25 service fee. If cancelling by June 1st, a full refund minus the service fee can be received. For cancellations made between June 1st and August 1st, a 50% refund of the conference fee, less the service fee, will be made. No refunds will be made after August 1st. All requests must be in writing and received via email, fax, or U.S. mail.

Rates are subject to North Carolina sales tax where applicable, as well as a $2 community services fee per person for public services provided by the Town and the fire district.

Accommodations & Registration

Assembly Inn

Package rates below include the conference registration fee, two room nights in Assembly Inn (September 7 & 8), meals in the Galax Dining Room (Wednesday dinner through Friday breakfast), plus a community services fee per adult for public services provided by the Town and the fire district. Rooms are assigned on a first come, first served basis. Some rooms have private baths, and some rooms have connecting baths. Additional meals are available during this conference, if you need to make any adjustments to this package please contact the registrar at susana@montreat.org or call 828.419.9829.

Check In After 3:00 pm, September 7, 2022
Check Out Before 11:00 am, September 9, 2022

Before July 5, 2022

Single Occupancy, Private Bath $452.00
Double Occupancy, Private Bath $734.00

After July 5, 2022

Single Occupancy, Private Bath $492.00
Double Occupancy, Private Bath $814.00

Rates are subject to North Carolina sales tax where applicable, as well as a $2 community services fee per person for public services provided by the Town and the fire district.

Alternate Housing Options

Alternative housing options are available at the William Black Lodge; please see https://williamblacklodge.org/ for more information.

Reminder: Do not forget to register for the conference as a conferee if you do not reserve a room package with the Assembly Inn.

Presentations

From Inspiration to Illumination: Telling the Story of Creative Illuminated Manuscript

Will explore the Bible's influence on medieval artists.
Led by Tim Ternes

The Bible's Impact on Shakespeare & Early Renaissance Writers

This will unveil the deeply rooted religious impact on the greatest English playwright and other writers (Donne, Sidney, Herbert, etc.).
Led by Dr. Hannibal Hamlin

Pilgrim's Progress/Pilgrim's Regress: From John Bunyan to C.S. Lewis

Co-director of the Wade Center, David Downing, will look at the allegorical novel that appealed to Reformation believers and Lewis' revisionist works for 20th Century audiences.
Led by Dr. David Downing

Shattering the Stained Glass: Dorothy L. Sayers & the Bible

In the talk Crystal will note how Lewis, Sayers, and George MacDonald all used “stained glass” as a metaphor describing one-dimensional views of the Bible and Church doctrine.
Led by Dr. Crystal Downing

The Soul & the Soil: Tending King Arthur's Lands From Medieval Devotion to Modern Magic

In Biblical narratives and Arthurian legends, the health of the land is intimately intertwined with the health of the human soul. Although there have been many ecological readings of the “waste land” phenomenon in Arthurian literature, this presentation offers a close look at creation care as spiritual discipline in these legends from medieval times through the works of the Inklings and their contemporaries in the Modern Occult Revival.
Led by Sorina Higgins

The Birth & Death of Literary, Art & Music Styles Through the Millennium and The Bible & Faith in C.S. Lewis' Science Fiction

Author & lecturer Hal Poe, Union University, will delve into the cycles of literary changes in culture, as well as Lewis science fiction works.
Led by Hal Poe

Soldier, Writer, Inkling: A Life of Warren Hamilton Lewis

Learn about C.S. Lewis’ brother Warren and his works and influences on C.S. Lewis. Dr. King’s new book on this subject being published 2022.
Led by Dr. Don King

Shakespeare and Lewis

Sarah Waters, University of Buckingham, England, will discuss Shakespeare, Early Modern drama, C.S. Lewis, and Inklings studies.
Led by Dr. Sarah Waters

Inspired Notes: Musical Transformations from the Medieval to the Modern

Noted musician and rare Psalter & Bible collector, Michael Morgan will offer a revealing impact of the Bible on music from medieval Gregorian chants, to hymn music during the Reformation, to Handel’s Messiah, to changing styles through the centuries. An informative and engaging performance will highlight creative musical impacts.
Led by Michael Morgan

Schedule

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Opening
Wednesday, 1:15 pm
Dr. John Akers, Chairman, Education Committee, Presbyterian Heritage Center (PHC)

Welcome
Dr. Richard A. Ray, Chairman, PHC

The Birth & Death of Literary, Art & Music Styles Through the Millennium
Wednesday, 1:30 pm
Dr. Hal Poe, Professor of Faith & Culture, Union University. He is author of a new 3 volume biography of CS Lewis.

The Bible’s Impact on Shakespeare & Early Renaissance Literary Icons
Wednesday, 2:15 pm
Dr. Hannibal Hamlin, Professor of English and member of the Center for the Study of Religion, Ohio State University. Author/editor of The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare and Religion (2019); The Bible in Shakespeare (2013); and the King James Bible after Four Hundred Years: Literary, Linguistic, and Cultural Influences (2010).

Break
Wednesday, 3:15 pm

Pilgrim’s Progress/Pilgrim’s Regress – From John Bunyan to C.S. Lewis
Wednesday, 3:30 pm
Dr. David Downing, co-director of The Wade Center at Wheaton College.

Dinner
Wednesday, 5:30 pm

From Inspiration to Illumination: Telling the Story of Creative Illuminated Manuscripts
Wednesday, 7:00 pm
Tim Ternes, program director of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, and curator, The Saint John's Bible.

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Opening
Thursday, 9:00 am.

Panel: Christianity & The Reformation's Impact on Culture
Thursday, 9:10 am
Questions and answers about the afternoon's talks & the Reformation's Impact
Panelists: Hal Poe, Hannibal Hamlin, David Downing; moderator, John Akers

Break
Thursday, 10:15 am

Shattering the Stained Glass: Dorothy L. Sayers & the Bible
Thursday, 10:30 am
Dr. Crystal Downing, co-director of The Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College.
Learn how Lewis, Sayers, and George MacDonald all used "stained glass" as a metaphor describing one-dimensional views of the Bible and Church doctrine.

Soldier, Writer, Inkling: A Life of Warren Hamilton Lewis
Thursday 11:15 am
Dr. Don King, Professor of English, Montreat College, and author of five Inkling related books. His new book on Warren Lewis is being published in 2022.

Lunch
Thursday, 12:15 pm

Reconvening at 1:15 pm

Shakespeare & C.S. Lewis
Thursday, 1:30 pm
Dr. Sarah Waters, Lecturer, University of Buckingham, UK. Sarah will discuss Shakespeare, early modern drama, C.S. Lewis, and Inklings studies. The presentation reflects her detailed work with unpublished manuscripts revealing the engagement of Lewis
with Shakespeare.

The Soul & the Soil: Tending King Arthur's Lands From Medieval Devotion to Modern Magic
Thursday, 2:30 pm
Sorina Higgins, Inklings Scholar, Lecturer, Writer, & Editor. PhD. candidate, Baylor University. Her academic interests include British and Irish Modernism, the Inklings, Arthuriana, theatre, and magic.

Author & editor of (selected): The Inklings and King Arthur: J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, C. S. Lewis, and Owen Barfield on the Matter of Britain (2017).

In Biblical narratives and Arthurian legends, the health of the land is intimately intertwined with the health of the human soul. Although there have been many ecological readings of the “waste land” phenomenon in Arthurian literature, this presentation offers a close look at creation care as spiritual discipline in these legends from medieval times through the works of the Inklings (Tolkien, Williams, etc.) and their contemporaries.

Break
Thursday, 3:30 pm

Roundtable Panel on the Inklings with audience questions and participation
Thursday, 3:45 pm
Crystal Downing, Sarah Waters, Sorina Higgins, David Downing; Hal Poe, emcee.

Dinner
Thursday, 5:30 pm

Inspired Notes: Musical Transformations from the Medieval to the Modern
Thursday evening, 7:00 pm
Michael Morgan, noted musician, composer and Bible/Psalter collector. In his talk and performance, Michael will trace the Bible’s creative impact on music – from medieval Gregorian chants to hymns to Handel’s Messiah and beyond.

Friday, September 9, 2022

Opening
Friday, 9:00 am

The Bible & Faith in C.S. Lewis’ Science Fiction
Friday, 9:15 am
Dr. Hal Poe, Professor of Faith & Culture, Union University. Author of 18 books, he has written a C.S. Lewis biographical trilogy (currently being published in 2019, 2021, 2022).

Conference Panel: The Bible’s Impact of Creative Imagination in the Future
Friday, 10:15 am

Adjournment
Friday, 11:30 am

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