Wednesday, September 28 | 7:30pm

COMMUNITY LECTURE | Devries Centre Auditorium

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Planet Narnia: C.S. Lewis and the Seven Heavens
Dr. Michael Ward 

A Secret, Unifying Key…

The Chronicles of Narnia, comprising C.S. Lewis' best-known works of fiction, has captivated both readers and scholars for decades. Yet for a good part of half a century, the structure of Narnia’s symbolism has remained a mystery, perplexing critics with their curious anachronisms and a seeming lack of cohesion and organization.

In his acclaimed book and lecture of the same name, Ward argues that Lewis used a secret, unifying framework when creating Aslan, Prince Caspian and all the characters, plots and details of his most enduring and beloved works. 

Embark on a fascinating journey of discovery underpinned with deep scholarly insight as Ward presents compelling evidence that each of the seven Narnia stories embodies the characteristics of one of the seven planets of medieval cosmology: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, the sun, and the moon—what Lewis called “spiritual symbols of permanent value.” 

“Michael Ward’s stunning work of scholarship has shone a celestial light on the Chronicles of Narnia, and it will undoubtedly send many old friends of Narnia back through the wardrobe to explore the land again with new eyes.” – The Church of England Newspaper


Named “the foremost living Lewis Scholar” by the Times Literary Supplement, Michael Ward, PhD, is a Fellow of Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford, and Professor of Apologetics at Houston Baptist University, Texas. He is the author of the award-winning and best-selling Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis (Oxford University Press, 2008); co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis (Cambridge University Press, 2010); and presenter of the BBC1 television documentary, The Narnia Code. On the fiftieth anniversary of Lewis's death, Ward unveiled a permanent national memorial to him in Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey; he recently co-edited a book of essays marking that occasion, entitled C.S. Lewis at Poets’ Corner (Wipf & Stock, 2016). Michael Ward read English at Oxford, Theology at Cambridge, and has a PhD in Divinity from St Andrews. His real claim to fame, however, is that he handed a pair of X-ray spectacles to Pierce Brosnan in the James Bond film, The World Is Not Enough. More details at

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