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Sonia Cronin

Adjunct Faculty

Departmental Area: Religions of Western Antiquity
Research Areas: Religion and Fantasy Literature and Western Antiquity

Department of Religion
641 University Way / P.O. Box 3061520
The Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1520
Office: 404B DIF


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.


Recent Courses

Fall 2016

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).

Spring 2016

IFS3055          Sci-Fi, Dystopia & Evil                                                                         
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