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Wood, Ralph C.

Overview
Works: 51 works in 104 publications in 3 languages and 5,988 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Literature 
Roles: Author, Editor, Speaker
Classifications: PR6039.O32, 813.54
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Ralph C Wood
Flannery O'Connor and the Christ-haunted South by Ralph C Wood( Book )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 1,105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher's description: Flannery O'Connor was only the second twentieth-century writer (after William Faulkner) to have her work collected for the Library of America, the definitive edition of American authors. Forty years after her death, O'Connor's fiction still retains its original power and pertinence. For those who know nothing of O'Connor and her work, this new study by Ralph C. Wood offers one of the finest introductions available. For those looking to deepen their appreciation of this literary icon, it breaks important new ground. Unique to Wood's approach is his concern to show how O'Connor's stories, novels, and essays impinge on America's cultural and ecclesial condition. He uses O'Connor's work as a window onto its own regional and religious ethos. Indeed, he argues here that O'Connor's fiction has lasting, even universal, significance precisely because it is rooted in the confessional witness of her Roman Catholicism and in the Christ-haunted character of the American South. According to Wood, it is this O'Connor--the believer and the Southerner--who helps us at once to confront the hardest cultural questions and to propose the profoundest religious answers to them. His book is thus far more than a critical analysis of O'Connor's writing; in fact, it is principally devoted to cultural and theological criticism by way of O'Connor's searing insights into our time and place. These are some of the engaging moral and religious questions that Wood explores: the role of religious fundamentalism in American culture and in relation to both Protestant liberalism and Roman Catholicism; the practice of racial slavery and its continuing legacy in the literature and religion of the South; the debate over Southern identity, especially whether it is a culture rooted in ancient or modern values; the place of preaching and the sacraments in secular society and dying Christendom; and the lure of nihilism in contemporary American culture. Splendidly illuminating both O'Connor herself and the American mind, Wood's Flannery O'Connor and the Christ-Haunted South will inform and fascinate a wide range of readers, from lovers of literature to those seriously engaged with religious history, cultural analysis, or the American South
The gospel according to Tolkien : visions of the kingdom in Middle-Earth by Ralph C Wood( Book )

5 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and Korean and held by 872 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

: In this accessible and engaging book, Ralph Wood shows us that J.R.R. Tolkien's masterpiece is a deeply Christian work because it does not blink back the horrors of our terrible times but confronts them with startling honesty. Readers keep turning to this work because here they are immersed in significance and meaning - perceiving the Hope than can be found amidst despair; the Charity that overcomes vengeance; and the Faith that springs from the strange power of weakness. The Gospel According to Tolkien will be loved by both longtime Tolkien fans and those recently drawn to his books through the popular feature films
The comedy of redemption : Christian faith and comic vision in four American novelists by Ralph C Wood( Book )

8 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 636 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chesterton : the nightmare goodness of God by Ralph C Wood( Book )

9 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The literary giant G.K. Chesterton is often praised as the""Great Optimist""--God's rotund jester. In this fresh and daring endeavor, Ralph Wood turns a critical eye on Chesterton's corpus to reveal the beef-and-ale believer's darker vision of the world and those who live in it. During an age when the words grace, love, and gospel, sound more hackneyed than genuine, Wood argues for a recovery of Chesterton's primary contentions: First, that the incarnation of Jesus was necessary reveals a world full not of a righteous creation but of tragedy, terror, and nightmare
Contending for the faith : the church's engagement with culture by Ralph C Wood( Book )

4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book Ralph Wood calls for churches to offer a sustained and unapologetically Christian witness to a postmodern world. Wood carefully chronicles how the church is watching the complete destruction of post-Christian institutions and practices that once shaped human character toward fulfillment in goods larger than humanity's own self-interest- the chief of these being the worship and service of God. Wood contends that Christian existence can never be taken for granted, and so the church itself must seek to create a Christian culture that offers the world a drastic alternative to its own
Tolkien among the moderns( Book )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It has long been recognized that J. R. R. Tolkien's work is animated by a profound moral and religious vision. It is less clear that Tolkien's vision confronts the leading philosophical and literary concerns addressed by modern writers and thinkers. This book seeks to resolve such uncertainty. It places modern writers and modern quandaries in lively engagement with the broad range of Tolkien's work, while giving special attention to the textual particularities of his masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings. In ways at once provocative and original, the contributors deal with major modern artists and philosophers, including Miguel de Cervantes, Friedrich Nietzsche, Emmanuel Levinas, Iris Murdoch, and James Joyce. The essays in Tolkien among the Moderns also point forward to postmodernism by examining its implications for Tolkien's work. Looking backward, they show how Tolkien addresses two ancient questions: the problems of fate and freedom in a seemingly random universe, as well as Plato's objection that art can neither depict truth nor underwrite morality. The volume is premised on the firm conviction that Tolkien is not a writer who will be soon surpassed and forgotten--exactly because he has a permanent dwelling place "among the moderns."--
Civil religion and transcendent experience : studies in theology and history, psychology and mysticism( Book )

5 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Literature and theology by Ralph C Wood( Book )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Literature and Theology is a volume in the Horizons in Theology series. It offers a highly engaging essay on the major concerns and questions regarding literature (fiction and poetry) as it intersects with theology-past and present. Ralph Wood is a senior scholar in this field, one who is able to address in a clear and concise style the scope and contours of this question as it relates to theological inquiry and application. He opens the broader lines of discussion in suggestive, evocative, and programmatic ways by focusing on representative and core literary texts. Horizons in Theology serve
Preaching and professing : sermons by a teacher seeking to proclaim the Gospel by Ralph C Wood( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The gospel according to Tolkien by Ralph C Wood( )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this engaging book, Ralph Wood shows us that J.R.R. Tolkien's masterpiece is a deeply Christian work because it does not dismiss the horrors of our terrible times but confronts them with startling honesty. Readers keep turning to this work because here they are immersed in significance and meaning, perceiving the Hope that can be found amidst despair; the Charity that overcomes vengeance; and the Faith that springs from the strange power of weakness. The Gospel according to Tolkien will be loved by both longtime Tolkien fans and those recently drawn to his books through the popular feature films
Mars Hill audio journal 73 : March/April 2005( Recording )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mars Hill audio journal 112 : November /December 2011( Recording )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mars Hill audio journal 54 : January/February 2002( Recording )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chesterton : the nightmare goodness of God : the making of the Christian imagination by Ralph C Wood( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hillbilly Thomist : Flannery O'Connor & the truth of things( Recording )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ken Myers talks with Susan Srigley about how O'Connor's perception of reality suffuses her fiction in ways that fit the views of how art works developed by Thomas Aquinas, views often summarized as "sacramental" or "incarnational." And Ralph Wood discusses O'Connor's acceptance of the limits placed in our lives by Providence, how limits may be a source of wisdom rather than frustration
Maker of Middle-Earth by T. A Shippey( Recording )

2 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This Mars Hill Audio conversation features Tom Shippey (author of J.R.R. Tolkien : author of the century), Joseph Pearce (author of Tolkien : man and myth), and literary critic Ralph Wood"--Container insert
Mars Hill audio journal 49 : March/April 2001( Recording )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Junge Lyrik by Carl Schurz Memorial Foundation( Book )

1 edition published in 1956 in German and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Toward a Protestant theology of celibacy : Protestant thought in dialogue with John Paul II's Theology of the Body by Russell Joseph Hobbs( )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dissertation examines the theology of celibacy found both in John Paul II's writings and in current Protestant theology, with the aim of developing a framework and legitimation for a richer Protestant theology of celibacy. Chapter 1 introduces the thesis. Chapter 2 reviews the Protestant literature on celibacy under two headings: first, major treatments from the Protestant era, including those by Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Wesley, various Shakers, and authors from the English Reformation; second, treatments from 1950 to the present. The chapter reveals that modern Protestants have done little theological work on celibacy. Self-help literature for singles is common and often insightful, but it is rarely theological. Chapter 3 synthesizes the best contemporary Protestant thinking on celibacy under two headings: first, major treatments by Karl Barth, Max Thurian, and Stanley Grenz; second, major Protestant themes in the theology of celibacy. The fourth chapter describes the foundation of John Paul II's theology of human sexuality and includes an overview of his life and education, an evaluation of Max Scheler's influence, and a review of Karol Wojtyla's Love and Responsibility and The Acting Person. Chapter 5 treats two topics. First, it describes John Paul II's, Theology of the Body, and more particularly the section entitled "Virginity for the Sake of the Kingdom." There he examines Jesus' instruction in Matt 19:11-12, celibacy as vocation, the superiority of celibacy to marriage, celibacy as redemption of the body, Paul's instructions in 1 Cor 7, and virginity as human destiny. Second, the chapter reviews John Paul II's statements regarding celibacy found in various encyclicals, audiences, homilies, and speeches. Finally, chapter 6 summarizes John Paul II's theology of virginity and reviews several Roman Catholic evaluations of his understanding of human sexuality. The chapter analyzes areas of commonality and contrast between contemporary Protestant thought on celibacy and John Paul II's thought. In addition, the chapter highlights major areas in need of further development. Chapter 7, the conclusion, reviews discoveries and makes further suggestions
Joyce Cary's vitalism : a theological critique of his first trilogy by Ralph C Wood( )

2 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Flannery O'Connor and the Christ-haunted South
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The gospel according to Tolkien : visions of the kingdom in Middle-EarthChesterton : the nightmare goodness of GodContending for the faith : the church's engagement with cultureLiterature and theologyPreaching and professing : sermons by a teacher seeking to proclaim the GospelThe gospel according to TolkienChesterton : the nightmare goodness of God : the making of the Christian imagination