Owen Barfield and the Evolution of Consciousness

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Date(s) - 6th November, 2019
19:00 - 21:00

University Church


This is one of a series of three talks, entitled The Other Inklings. Full details here.

Owen Barfield was born in 1898, when Queen Victoria was still on the throne, and died in 1997, a few months after Tony Blair became prime minister. CS Lewis called Barfield the “wisest and best of my unofficial teachers” and he was the “most influential of all” the Inklings on JRR Tolkien. He was also the last of the group and his long life meant that he witnessed what became the key theme in his work: how human awareness of life changes radically over time.

He tracked it back over 3000 years to the ancient Hebrews and Greeks and developed a profound account of the significance of Christianity and how we participate with others, nature and the divine. Mark Vernon will discuss these ideas and show why they are so crucial today.