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
IFS3055 Sci-Fi, Dystopia & Evil Dr. Cronin
This course utilizes several highly successful science fiction and dystopian novels by authors such as Orson Scott Card, Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, Frank Herbert, and Walter Miller to illuminate persistent questions about fate, providence, and the problem of evil. These novels enable students to think critically about the religious and philosophical aspects of the problem of evil, the role of the god(s) (in causing, delivering from, or remaining passively indifferent to evil), and the effect of fate and free will on the individual and on society. The recent surge of interest in science fiction and dystopian literature provides us with a context to discuss and interpret ancient questions from a contemporary point of view. The course draws from a range of interdisciplinary sources such as history, social psychology, philosophy, religion, literature, and the arts. Meets LS humanities requirement
REL3112 Religion and Fantasy
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 Liberal Studies literature requirement and writing requirement.