Departmental Area: Religions of Western Antiquity
Sonya Cronin (PhD Religion, 2009) currently teaches classes in the Department of Religion, both in the area of Religion and Fantasy Literature and Western Antiquity (Bible). Her research has focused on Catholic biblical interpretation of “the Jews” in the Gospel of John
Although most of her research has been in Jewish-Christian relations and continues in that area, her current work also includes religious themes in modern fantasy literature and the relationship between Sarah and Hagar in Hebrew Bible.
- Raymond Brown, 'The Jews,' and the Gospel of John (Bloomsbury Publishing 2016)
- Teaching the Bible in the Liberal Arts Classroom, Volume Two (Sheffield Phoenix Press 2015, Edited by Jane S. Webster, Glenn S. Holland)
PART II: STRATEGIES : Fantasy: The ‘Renewed’ Genre for Making Necessary a Biblical Education for Understanding our Contemporary World
REL3112 Religion and Fantasy / Sonya Cronin & Staff
This course offers an overview of theological and anti-theological elements in twentieth and twenty-first century fantasy literature from authors Lewis, Tolkien, Rowling, and Pullman. Meets LS Cultural Practice (LS-CUL).
IFS3055 Sci-Fi, Dystopia, & Evil
This course explores the concepts of fate, providence, and the problem of evil in religion and popular culture through the critical study of several highly successful science fiction and dystopian novels authored during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It situates these novels in the context of philosophical and theological developments from ancient times to the present. Meets Liberal Studies E-Series/Honors E-Series (LS-E/HLS-E) and LS: Cultural Practice (LS-CUL).