FT 06-D Christianity and Twentieth-Century Fiction
Jonathan Baer, Department of Philosophy and Religion
In this tutorial, we will examine portrayals of Christianity in a range of twentieth-century works of fiction. Novels by C.S. Lewis, Graham Greene, and others contain rich insights into such Christian themes as forgiveness, redemption, suffering, temptation, sin, evil, hope, and salvation. The ways they depict the experiential dimenstions of faith, its hardships, failures, and successes offer subtle and probing commentaries on the Christian life in the context of tragedy, comedy, and other literary genres. We will also view films like Shadowlands and The Apostle with a view toward their representations and critiques of Christianity.