Dr. Jason Lepojärvi

Dr. Jason Lepojärvi

Assistant Professor Religious Studies


  • Ph.D. (distinction), University of Helsinki
  • M.Th. (distinction), University of Helsinki

Research Interests

  • Love in religion
  • Philosophy of religion
  • Religion and literature
  • Inklings studies (C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien et al.)
  • Theology

Courses Taught at Thorneloe University at Laurentian

  • RLST 1117 – Ideas of Love II
  • RLST 2245 – Women, Religion, and Spirituality
  • RLST 2337 – Religious Themes in Literature II

Courses Taught Elsewhere

  • Philosophy of Love (Oxford)
  • Ethics and Philosophy (Helsinki)
  • Philosophy and Tolkien (Oxford)
  • S. Lewis on Love (Oxford, Vancouver, Helsinki)
  • The History and Doctrine of the Reformation (Oxford)



Refereed Articles (selection)

Refereed Chapters

  • “Companions in Shipwreck: J. R. R. Tolkien’s Female Friendships”, Festschrift (Cascade, forthcoming, 2019).
  • “How Many Loves? New Light on C. S. Lewis’s The Four Loves”, The Undiscovered C. S. Lewis: New Thoughts and Directions in Lewis Studies, ed. Bruce R. Johnson (Kent University Press, forthcoming, 2019).
  • La Virgen María, ¿el talon de Aquiles de la teología de C. S. Lewis?”, De leonesy de hombres: Estudios sobre S. Lewis, eds Pablo Gutiérrez Carreras et al (Madrid: CEU Ediciones, 2014) 135–152. [The Virgin Mary as a stumbling block for C.  S. Lewis].

Keynote Lectures, Guest Lectures, and Public Lectures (selection)


  • “Friendship in Times of Political Turmoil”. Keynote lecture. Vocatio, Brasilia, Brazil (booked)


  • “Loving in Wartime”. Guest lecture, with John Garth. Inklings on War, Parliament of Finland (booked)


  • “On Hypocrisy”. Guest lecture. FoCUS, UC Berkeley, USA
  • “How Many Loves?” Guest lecture. Graduate & Faculty Christian Forum, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • “C. S. Lewis on Love”. Guest lecture. Philosophers Cafe, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada
  • “The Female Friendships of C. S. Lewis & J. R. R. Tolkien”. Public lecture. Linlathen Lectures, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


  • “Love in a Pluralistic World”. Guest lecture. Annual Conference of The Finnish Bible Institute, Kauniainen, Finland
  • “Christian Love”. Keynote lecture. Summit, Abilene Christian University, Texas, USA


  • “Can We Love in Excess?” Guest lecture. Annual Alumni Lecture Series, Seattle Pacific University, Washington, USA
  • “Aslan’s Mother: C. S. Lewis’s Blind Spot?” Guest lecture. Regent College, Vancouver, Canada
  • “Religion and the Body”. Keynote lecture. A Study Day on Love, Kansanlahetysopisto, Ryttyla, Finland


  • “Worship, Veneration, or Idolatry?” Keynote lecture. Annual Conference of the Danish C. S. Lewis Society, Odense, Denmark
  • “The Virgin Mary and C. S. Lewis”. Keynote lecture. International Congress on J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, CEO San Pablo University, Madrid, Spain


  • “Can We Love Too Much?” Keynote lecture. A Study Day: Love and Desire in the Church, St. Benet’s Hall, Oxford University, UK
  • “C. S. Lewis on Love and Religion”. Keynote lecture. The 25th Anniversary Lecture of The Theological Institute of Finland, University of Helsinki, Finland


  • “Does Erotic Love Aim at Happiness?” Guest lecture. The Oxford University C. S. Lewis Society, Oxford, UK
  • “Pagan Hangover? C. S. Lewis and St. Augustine in Debate”. Guest lecture. The New York C. S. Lewis Society, New York, USA
  • “What is the Difference between Worship, Veneration, and Idolatry?” Guest lecture. The Marion E. Wade Center, Wheaton College, Illinois, USA


  • “A Friend’s Death: Augustine and Lewis in Dialogue”. Guest lecture. The Oxford University C. S. Lewis Society, Oxford, UK

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