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Dr. Holly Ordway

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Dr. Holly Ordway is Professor of English and faculty in the M.A. in Apologetics at Houston Baptist University; she holds a PhD in English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is the author of Apologetics and the Christian Imagination: An Integrated Approach to Defending the Faith (Emmaus Road, 2017) and Not God’s Type: An Atheist Academic Lays Down Her Arms (Ignatius, 2014). Dr Ordway is also a published poet, and a Subject Editor for the Journal of Inklings Studies. Her academic work focuses on the writings of the Inklings, especially C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Her current book project is Tolkien’s Modern Sources: Middle-earth Beyond the Middle Ages (forthcoming from Kent State University Press, 2019). 

Dr. Holly Ordway Latest Blog Posts

From Darkness to Light: An Advent Meditation

We are the people walking in darkness.

by Dr. Holly Ordway . December 19, 2018 . 0 Comments

As is so often the case, the world gets things exactly reversed. From before Thanksgiving to December 25, it’s all about buying, and doing, and buying more stuff, so that by Christmas, everybody is exhausted. Then ...

Tolkien’s Catholic Genius

by Dr. Holly Ordway . August 31, 2018 . 0 Comments

It is no exaggeration to call J.R.R. Tolkien a genius. It would be enough for his lasting fame that he is the author of The Lord of the Rings—an epic tale that brought about the fantasy genre as we know it today&md...

Translating Shakespeare: or, How to Evangelize and Not Be Eaten by a Bear

by Dr. Holly Ordway . May 14, 2018 . 0 Comments

At the end of a tiring, busy day, have you ever thought, “Ah, yes, I need to unwind. I’ll curl up on the sofa with . . . a copy of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.” No? I suspected as much.   Good&mda...

The Trauma of the Given

by Dr. Holly Ordway . January 05, 2018 . 6 Comments

One of the most traumatic, terrifying, and disruptive ideas of our Catholic faith—one that the secular culture pushes against fiercely—is an idea that we may overlook...precisely because it is so close to us....

Books That Rocked My World: The Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins

by Dr. Holly Ordway . September 18, 2017 . 0 Comments

The world of books is as deep as it is wonderous. It's amazing how books written centuries ago can still start a spark in our modern minds. C.S. Lewis once said, "It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allo...