Christianity and Fantasy Literature
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TThis course reviews distinct literary and cinematic influences from the realm of the fantasy genre from the Christian worldview. Students will have the opportunity to learn various elements of Biblical approach that will equip them to analyze literature, different media examples, as well as other texts. Special attention will be given to C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia and J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series.
From the Teacher
This is not simply a literature course where we read a few good fantasy books. We will not study a particular book because it is a good story. It is a course on discernment, teaching students how to discern worldviews as described by both authors and characters in fictional stories. Too often when Christians pick up a novel, they turn off their discerning filters and open their minds to whatever is being discussed, picking up worldviews without even realizing it.This course is designed to help students be more discerning about what the message is in the story and more critical about the ideas and more sensitive to what is and is not compatible with a Christian worldview.