THEO 326. Religion and Science Fiction

Science Fiction is one of the most popular entertainment genres today. Good SciFi movies or books project from the present to the future, thus not just revealing hidden untopian or dystopian expectations but also the cultural values of the time they were produced in. In addition, many SciFi works have a hidden eschatology. In this class, we will reveal those hidden religious metaphors and compare them with the theories and dogmas of Christian and Jewish theologies. We will explore such fundamental religious questions as what does it mean to be human, what is the ultimate nature of the universe, and theodicy. In addition to class we will meet once weekly to watch SciFi movies.
Offered: Regularly
Credits: 3
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