HDS 2176

Christianity and Contemporary American Fiction

Matthew Lawrence Potts


The sacrifice of children is a recurring theme in American fiction, as well as a persistently unsettling theological preoccupation of religion. Christian theology, in particular, has long wrestled with the question of the sacrifice of the son alongside its own complicated questions of atonement. This course will explore ideas of sacrifice and atonement primarily through the study of contemporary theoretical and theological works, and also through some readings of recent literary fiction. Readings will include selections from Anselm, Girard, Derrida, Balthasar, McCarthy, and Morrison, among others.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes

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0.50 credits
Spring 2015
Mon 4pm-6pm
Course location to be announced.

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Religion, Literature, and Culture
  • Theology
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Christianity
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry
  • Religious Education and Spiritual Development
Language Course Designation(s) None