C.S. Lewis Winter Retreat Programme


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Meet our speakers:

Peter Rollins

Curator, Host & Speaker
Peter Rollins is a writer, philosopher, storyteller and public speaker who has gained an international reputation for overturning traditional notions of religion and forming “churches” that preach the Good News that we can’t be satisfied, that life is difficult, and that we don’t know the secret.

Challenging the idea that faith concerns questions relating to belief, Peter’s incendiary and irreligious reading of Christianity attacks the distinction between the sacred and the secular. It blurs the lines between theism and atheism and it sets aside questions regarding life after death to explore the possibility of life before death.

Peter gained his higher education from Queens University, Belfast where he earned degrees (with distinction) in Scholastic Philosophy (BA Hons), Political Theory and Social Criticism (MA) and Post-Structural thought (PhD). He's the author of numerous books, including Insurrection, The Idolatry of God, and The Divine Magician. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, currently lives in Los Angeles and will die somewhere as yet not known.


Judith wolfe

Professior of Philosophical Theology & Deputy Head of School of Divinity, University of St Andrews.

Austrian by birth, Israeli by descent, and American by adoption, she studied and taught in Jerusalem, Oxford and Berlin before joining the University of St Andrews in 2014. She holds a BA in Literature and Philosophy from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, an MPhil in early modern literature from Oxford, and an MA and DPhil in Philosophical Theology, also from Oxford.

Her main research focus has been on the ontological, epistemological and anthropological implications of Christian eschatology, yielding two strands of published research. The first are theological interactions with the philosophical traditions of Heidegger and the late Wittgenstein (including particularly Stanley Cavell); the second are engagements with ‘eschatological’ literature, particularly the late plays of Shakespeare and the novels of C.S. Lewis.

Prof. Wolfe is the author of Heidegger and Theology (T&T Clark 2014) and Heidegger’s Eschatology (OUP 2013), and of articles and chapters on eschatology, Martin Heidegger, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Stanley Cavell, Edith Stein, William Shakespeare, and C.S. Lewis. (See Publications for more details.)

She is co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century Christian Thought (OUP 2017), C. S. Lewis and His Circle (OUP 2015), C. S. Lewis’s Perelandra: Reshaping the Image of the Cosmos (Kent State 2013), and C. S. Lewis and the Church (T&T Clark 2011). She is also founding General Editor of the Journal of Inklings Studies.


Michael Ward

Senior Research Fellow at University of Oxford
Michael Ward is Senior Research Fellow at Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford. He is the author of the award-winning Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis (Oxford University Press) and co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis (Cambridge University Press).

On the fiftieth anniversary of Lewis's death (22 November 2013), Professor Ward unveiled a permanent national memorial to him in Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey.  He is the co-editor of a volume of commemorative essays marking the anniversary, entitled C.S. Lewis at Poets' Corner (2016).

Michael Ward presented the BBC1 television documentary, The Narnia Code (2009), directed and produced by the BAFTA-winning film-maker, Norman Stone.  He authored an accompanying book entitled The Narnia Code: C.S. Lewis and the Secret of the Seven Heavens (Tyndale House, USA / Paternoster, UK).  

Dr Ward served as Chaplain of St Peter's College in the University of Oxford from 2009 to 2012 and as Chaplain of Peterhouse in the University of Cambridge between 2004 and 2007. He was resident Warden of The Kilns, Lewis's Oxford home, from 1996 to 1999.

He studied English at Oxford, Theology at Cambridge, and has a PhD in Divinity from St Andrews. 



Sessional Lecturer, Regent College
Sharon Jebb Smith is a freelance lecturer and speaker on literature, theology, and Christian spirituality. In her teaching and writing, she enjoys delving deeply into the two disciplines and finds that exploring literature (whether fiction or non-fiction) is a very powerful way to facilitate thought and learning. Dr. Jebb Smith currently lectures at Regent College, Vancouver; Union Theological College, Belfast; and the University of Aberdeen. When not lecturing, she can often be found reading a book, or researching the next book she wants to buy. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, she is now based in Aberdeen, Scotland with her husband George Smith.


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