Michael T. Jahosky, Assistant Professor of Humanities at St. Petersburg College, routinely incorporates the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien into his Humanities curriculum. The Good News of the Return of the King:The Gospel in Middle Earth is his first book.
Jahosky says that although many people today reject Christianity for intellectual reasons, greater numbers of people are doing so because it does not engage their imagination.
“Christians must not only demonstrate that the Christian worldview is true, but that it is also good, beautiful, and relevant,” he said.
The Good News of the Return of the King: The Gospel in Middle Earth endeavors to show the truth, goodness, and beauty of Jesus Christ, the Gospel, and the biblical meta-narrative by engaging the imagination through J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, as well as The Hobbit and The Silmarillion.
“In this book, I propose that J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings is a story about what Jesus’ parables are about: The Good News about the return of the king. As a work of imaginative fiction similar to Jesus’ parables, The Lord of the Rings can bypass both intellectual and imaginative objections to the Gospel and pull back the “veil of familiarity” that obscures the Gospel for many,” Jahosky said.