Imaginative Apologetics

How do we share the Faith in a culture where many people don’t understand what we mean by words like ‘sin’ or ‘salvation’ – and where the media constantly bombards us with the idea that the teachings of the Church are irrelevant, outdated, or bigoted?

All too often, people aren’t even interested in hearing about the Faith! Especially when we seek to reach young people or bring back those who have left the Church, we must find ways to communicate more effectively – in short, to make our arguments meaningful. Here, the imagination is essential but often neglected.

In this course, Dr. Holly Ordway focuses on the role of the imagination in apologetics, showing how attention to language and meaning can make the work of catechesis and evangelization much more effective.

Dr. Holly Ordway · Published Date: October 1, 2018


  • How to identify the ‘meaning gap’: why people often don’t understand us when we talk about the Faith
  • How to create meaning through stories and imagery
  • Ways that metaphor can help us address objections to Scripture and Church teaching
  • How words like ‘sin’ can get distorted and misunderstood, with serious consequences
  • How to cultivate an approach to apologetics that uses both reason and imagination

About Instructor

Dr. Holly Ordway

Dr. Holly Ordway is Fellow of Faith and Culture at the Word on Fire Institute. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is the author of "Tolkien’s Modern Reading: Middle-earth Beyond the Middle Ages" (published January 2021, Word on Fire Academic), "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 Visiting Professor of Apologetics at Houston Baptist University, Subject Editor for the Journal of Inklings Studies, and a published poet. Her academic work focuses on imaginative apologetics and the writings of the Inklings, especially C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Learn more at

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  • 7 Lessons
  • 1 Quiz
  • Course Certificate
  • Course Discussion Forum