Department of Religious Studies

Events in the Department of Religious Studies

Upcoming Events in the Department of Religious Studies:

Annual Campus Ministers' Appreciation Luncheon

The Department of Religious Studies at Missouri State University is pleased to invite all MSU Campus Ministers, staff, assistants, and interns to our annual Campus Ministers' Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday, September 16, 2015, from 12:15-1:15 p.m. at the O'Reilly Catholic Student Center. Please RSVP to Jane Terry or call (417) 836-5514 and let us know how many are attending and if any have dietary restrictions. We look forward to seeing you!


Dr. Michael Ward to Talk on C. S. Lewis

Ward Narnia Talk Button

The Department of Religious Studies is excited to announce that we will host a guest lecture by renowned C. S. Lewis scholar, Dr. Michael Ward!

Great Balls of Fire: C. S. Lewis, Narnia, and Medieval Cosmology” will be Monday, 28 September 2015, at 7:00 p.m. in the Plaster Student Union Theater. This free lecture is open to students, faculty, staff, and the general public.

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C.S. Lewis’s Narnia Chronicles are known to millions.  What is less well-known is the fact that Lewis was a medieval scholar and that he considered the seven planets of pre-Copernican cosmology to be “spiritual symbols of permanent value”.  Dr Michael Ward, author of the best-selling and award-winning study, Planet Narnia, discusses the medieval imaginative blueprint behind the Narnia series.

Dr Ward is a Fellow of Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford, and Professor of Apologetics at Houston Baptist University, Texas.  He is the author of Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis (Oxford University Press), co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis (Cambridge University Press), and presenter of the BBC television documentary, The Narnia Code.  On the fiftieth anniversary of Lewis’s death, 22nd November 2013, Dr Ward unveiled a permanent national memorial to him in Poets’ Corner, Westminster Abbey, London.

This event is sponsored by the College of Humanities and Public Affairs, the Department of Religious Studies, and First and Calvary Presbyterian Church.


10th Annual Religious Studies
Student and Alumni
Homecoming Potluck Dinner!

Religious Studies alumni, students, faculty, staff, and guests are invited to attend our 10th Annual Religious Studies Student and Alumni Homecoming Potluck Dinner on Saturday, October 17, 2015, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the home of John and Elizabeth Strong.

You are welcome to bring a dish to share, but please don't feel obligated to do so.

For more information, please contact Jane Terry. Go Bears!