Dr. Jason Lepojärvi

Dr. Jason Lepojärvi

Assistant Professor, Chair Religious Studies

Education

  • 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 2316 – Cults/New Religious Movements
  • RLST 2326 – Dimensions of the Paranormal
  • RLST 2337 – The Chronicles of Narnia
  • RLST 3266 – J.R.R. Tolkien and the Religious Imagination

Courses Taught Elsewhere

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

Book

Dissertation

Refereed Articles (selection)

Refereed Chapters

  • “Companions in Shipwreck: J. R. R. Tolkien’s Female Friendships”, Apprehending Love: Theological and Philosophical Inquiries (Festschrift for Professor Risto Saarinen”, eds Olli-Pekka Vainio and Pekka Kärkkäinen (Luther-Agricola-Gesellschaf, 2019): 339–365.
  • “How Many Loves? New Light on C. S. Lewis’s The Four Loves” in The Undiscovered C. S. Lewis: New Thoughts and Directions in Lewis Studies, ed. Bruce R. Johnson (forthcoming), 22 pages
  • 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)

2020

  • “Misreading C. S. Lewis on Friendship: The Charges of Sexism, Secrecy, and High Society.” Conference paper. The American Academy of Religon, Boston, USA (booked)
  • “The Inklings on Friendship.” Keynote lecture. S. Lewis and Friends Colloquium. Taylor University, USA (postponed due to COVID-19)
  • “Love and (the Winter) War: C. S. Lewis on Loving Your Enemy”. Invited lecture. The 80th Finnish Canadian Grand Festival, Cambrian College, Sudbury, Canada (due to COVID-19)
  • “A Valentine’s Day Workshop.” Invited lecture(s). St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Thunder Bay, Canada

2019

  • “J.R.R. Tolkien’s Female Friendships”. Conference paper. The 50th Annual Conference of the Tolksien Society, Birmingham, UK
  • “J.R.R. Tolkien and Women’s Higher Education at Oxford”. Keynote lecture. The 25th Anniversary of Women’s History Week in Canada. Laurentian University, Sudbury, Canada
  • “Is Abortion a Religious Issue?” Invited lecture. Saint Anne-de-Pins, Sudbury, Canada
  • “C. S. Lewis’s Ideas of Love”. Invited lectures (3). Mackenzie University, Brasília, Brazil
  • “New Light on C. S. Lewis’s The Four Loves”. Invited lectures (2). Seminário Servo di Cristo, São Paulo, Brazil
  • “The Love Lectures”. Invited lecture. Lakehead University, Orillia, Ontario, Canada

2018

  • “Tolkien and Women”. Invited lecture. The Inklings Institute of Canada, Trinity Western University, Vancouver, Canada
  • “C. S. Lewis’s Curious Definition of Love”. Keynote lecture. Life of the Mind, George Fox University, Oregon, USA

2017

  • “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

2016

  • “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

2015

  • “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
  • “The Theology of the Body”. Keynote lecture. A Study Day on Love, Kansanlähetysopisto, Ryttylä, Finland
  • “C. S. Lewis’s Famous Disagreement with St Augustine”. Invited lecture. Life of the Mind Lecture Series, George Fox University, Oregon, USA
  • “Agape versus Eros: The Meaning of Love”. Invited lecture. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

2014

  • “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

2013

  • “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

2012

  • “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

2011

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

Most Recent

General

  • Printed media (100+ interviews in English, Finnish, Portuguese, Swedish, Danish, Spanish, etc.)
  • Social media (30+ interviews)
  • Radio (30+ interviews)
  • Television (Academic Host for “Married at First Sight” Finland, 2016 and 2017)

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