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Author Ralph Wood Visits for ‘Writers Read’

Posted on February 14th, 2006

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The next "Writers Read" sponsored by the language and literature department will feature Ralph Wood, professor of theology and literature at Baylor University in Waco, Tex.

Dr. Wood will read from his published works 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 16, in Martin Chapel of the seminary building.

His major book, first published in 1988 and still in print from the University of Notre Dame Press, is entitled "The Comedy of Redemption: Christian Faith and Comic Vision in Four American Novelists" (Flannery O’Connor, Walker Percy, John Updike and Peter De Vries).

His most recent books are "Contending for the Faith: The Church’s Engagement with Culture" (Baylor University, 2003), "The Gospel According to Tolkien: Visions of the Kingdom in Middle-earth (Westminster John Knox, 2003) and "Flannery O’Connor and the Christ-Haunted South" (Eerdmans, 2004).

His book on Tolkien has sold more than 25,000 copies, and he has given dozens of lectures on Tolkien and O’Connor at major universities and churches across the U. S. and Canada.

Wood holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Texas A&M University at Commerce and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago. From 1971 to 1997 he taught at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C, where he held the John Allen Easley Professorship in Religion. During the 1997-98 academic year, he was Distinguished Professor of Religion at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. At Baylor, he teaches in the departments of English and religion as well as the Truett Theological Seminary.

Admission to this program is free; it does not include dinner as the Writers Read events usually do.

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