Tolkien's Views on Creation and Evolution

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  1. 1stvermont

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    As a christian and a creationist I have always been interested in Tolkien's views on creation and evolution. As far as i am aware no in depth scholarly work has been done on his views on this issue. My first sources on him that effected my thoughts on his stance were

    -The Letters of J.R.R Tolkien edited by Humphrey Carpenter with the assistance of Christopher Tolkien Houghton Mifflin 2000
    -J.R.R Tolkien The Authorized Biography Humphrey carpenter Houghton Mifflin company NY 2000
    -The Inklings C.S Lewis J.R.R Tolkien, Charles Williams and their friends. Humphrey Carpenter Harper Collins Publishers 2006
    -Ents, Elves, and Eriador the Environmental Vision of J.R.R Tolkien by Matthew Dickerson and Jonathan Evans Kentucky University press 2006.
    -The Gospel according to Tolkien visions of the kingdom in middle earth by Ralph C. Wood Westminster John Knox Press 2003
    -Finding God in the lord of the rings by Kurt Bruner and Jim Ware Salt river 2001


    After reading these I was sure he was a biblical creationist as he believed in a literal Adam and eve and garden of Eden like me and the majority of Catholics through history. When I read the sillmarillion I saw the biblical account of literal creation all over the place further cementing my views. However I new he was also greatly influenced by C.S Lewis on this issue as well. So I purchased this book on Lewis views on evolution.


    https://www.amazon.com/Lewis-Anti-Darwinist-Examination-Development-Darwinism/dp/1532607733


    I than reread the letters of Tolkien and it seemed he and Lewis were open to and likely accepted at various times the earth was old [not my view]. It seems now to me that they both either old earth creationist, or some form of intelligent design. It is to bad the modern creation movement did not start earlier, I would have like both Lewis and Tolkien's opinions on it, though I think they both may have held this view as well.



    Does anyone have information on this subject?
     
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  2. Squint-eyed Southerner

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    You can Google "Roman Catholic Doctrine on Creation" for some possible answers, but even here, you'll find differing views.

    You might find a study of the medieval Church's approach to "polysemous meaning" of value.

    Tolkien, of course, was as capable as anyone else of holding differing, even conflicting, views simultaneously, as Shippey indicates in his examination of "Christian" vs. "Northern" attitudes.
     
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