Geneva School of Boerne will welcome Dr. Louis Markos, a professor in English and scholar in residence at Houston Baptist University, as its speaker for the annual Mars Hill Lecture on Thursday, January 11 at 7pm in the Lyceum. This event is free and open to the public. Dr. Markos will speak about the “Classical and Theological Virtues in Lewis and Tolkien” to an audience of students, parents, teachers and guests.
Dr. Markos states, “The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord the Rings embody a rich understanding of virtue that is worked out in the lives and choices of both human beings and mythical characters. I discuss how Lewis and Tolkien give dramatic shape and force to the four classical virtues (courage, temperance, wisdom, justice) and the three theological virtue (faith, hope, love).”
Dr. Markos holds the Robert H. Ray Chair in Humanities at HBU and is an authority on C.S. Lewis. Additionally, he lectures on Ancient Greece and Rome for HBU’s Honors College. He is the author of 16 books and earned a MA and PhD in English from the University of Michigan and a BA in English and History from Colgate University. His son, Alex Markos, is the Grammar School Latin specialist at Geneva School.
The Mars Hill Lecture, launched in 2008 and sponsored by Geneva’s Rhetoric School, is named after the place in Classical Athens where councils and trials were held. Mars Hill, also known as the Areopagus, was also the place where the Apostle Paul, inspired by an altar inscribed “to the unknown god,” delivered his famous sermon recorded in Acts 17.
Past Mars Hill Lectures have been given by Dr. Mark Allen (UTSA), Dr. J. Budziszewski (University of Texas), Dr. Bridget Drinka (UTSA), Dr. David Lyle Jeffrey (Baylor University), Greg Koukl (Stand to Reason Ministries), Eric Metaxas (noted author), Dr. David Naugle (Dallas Baptist University), Dr. Hal Poe (Union University), Dr. Steve Jones (Houston Baptist University) and Dr. Michael Lindsay (Gordon College). This is Dr. Markos’ second time to give a Mars Hill lecture. He first gave the lecture in January, 2014.