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Michael Ward, Ph.D

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Michael Ward is an English literary critic and theologian. His academic focus is theological imagination, especially in the writings of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and G.K. Chesterton. He is best known for his book Planet Narnia, in which he argues that C.S. Lewis structured The Chronicles of Narnia so as to embody and express the imagery of the seven heavens. On the fiftieth anniversary of Lewis's death, Ward unveiled a permanent national memorial to him in Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey.


Ward was born in Cuckfield, West Sussex. He studied at Regent's Park College, Oxford, Peterhouse, Cambridge, and the University of St Andrews. He is currently Senior Research Fellow at Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford,[3] and Professor of Apologetics at Houston Baptist University.


Ward trained for the Anglican ministry at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, and was ordained a priest in the Church of England in 2005. He served as Chaplain of Peterhouse, Cambridge (2004-2007) and Chaplain of St Peter's College, Oxford (2009-2012). He joined the Catholic Church in 2012, and was ordained a priest within the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in June 2018.


Ward played the part of C.S. Lewis's vicar in The Most Reluctant Convert. He has been an extra in a number of films and television dramas, including a speaking role in A Very Open Prison and a featured cameo in The World Is Not Enough.


EDUCATION

2001-2005 St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews

2005 Doctor of Philosophy in Divinity. Thesis entitled: ‘The Son and the Other Stars:


Christology and Cosmology in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis’


1999-2004 Ridley Hall, Cambridge Theological Federation

2004 Certificate in Theology

1999-2001 Peterhouse, University of Cambridge

2001 Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Theology and Religious Studies (Master of Arts, 2005)

1987-1990 Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford


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