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THE 370: Religious Visions in Film and Literature (3 credits)

"Make up a story and the characters to go with it.  Only then will you understand what happened, and why."  These two sentences from A River Runs Through It express the most fundamental truth of theology -- that all notions of god, grace, community, salvation and ethics are always expressed first and foremost through narrative. Our view of the world and our place in it can never be separated from the stories we listen to and tell about it, and about ourselves.  Truth and Imagination are inseparable.  Through an immersion in recent films and literature, the participants in this course will come to explore some classic, western religious expressions of truth. Understanding the stories of others also always presents the risk of better understanding our own stories -- and our own lives -- as well.

Satisfies GER?GEP Art/Literature.