Michael Ward (scholar)

Michael Ward (born 6 January 1968[1]) is a British scholar, best known for his book Planet Narnia, in which he argues that The Chronicles of Narnia is structured around the seven heavens.

Ward was born in Cuckfield, and studied at Regent's Park College, Oxford, Peterhouse, Cambridge, Ridley Hall, Cambridge, and the University of St Andrews. He was ordained a priest in the Church of England in 2005, joined the Roman Catholic Church in 2012, and he was ordained a deacon within the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in June 2017.[1] Ward is currently Senior Research Fellow at Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford,[1] and Professor of Apologetics at Houston Baptist University.[2]

Ward has been an extra in a number of films, including Shadowlands, Hamlet, and The World Is Not Enough.[1]



  • C.S. Lewis at Poets’ Corner (edited with Peter S. Williams), Wipf & Stock, 2016. ISBN 978-0-718-89485-6
  • The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis (edited with Robert MacSwain), Cambridge University Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-521-71114-2
  • Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis, Oxford University Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-199-73870-0
  • Heresies and How to Avoid Them: Why it Matters What Christians Believe (edited with Ben Quash), Hendrickson, 2007. ISBN 978-0-281-05843-3


  • "The Tragedy is in the Pity: C.S. Lewis and the Song of the Goat" in Christian Theology and Tragedy (eds. T. Kevin Taylor & Giles Waller), Ashgate, 2012. ISBN 978-0-7546-6940-1
  • "The Good Serves the Better and Both the Best: C.S. Lewis on Imagination and Reason in Apologetics" in Imaginative Apologetics: Theology, Philosophy and the Catholic Tradition (ed. Andrew Davison), SCM Press, 2011. ISBN 978-0-8010-3981-2
  • "C.S. Lewis" in The Heart of Faith: Following Christ in the Church of England (ed. Andrew Atherstone), Lutterworth, 2008. ISBN 978-07188-3072-4
  • "Christianity and Film" in Christ and Culture in Dialogue (ed. Angus Menuge), Concordia Academic Press, 1999. ISBN 978-0-570-04273-0


  1. "Curriculum Vitae". Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  2. "Michael Ward, Ph.D." Houston Baptist University. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
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