That’s the topic of our gathering next month, when I meet with nine of my favorite people in the world — the students in my D.Min. cohort at Fuller Theological Seminary. I’m co-teaching with my seminary classmate and long-time friend, Craig Detweiler, and thanks to him, we’re meeting on the stunningly beautiful campus of Pepperdine University.
We’ve got 10 topics, and each topic includes a novel (with one exception) and a film. Novels and films were nominated by the students, then Craig and I made the final list. Each student is presenting a paper on one topic, and a response to a classmate on another topic. Plus, we’ve got guest speakers, field trips, and more lined up.
Here’s the list:
|Does God Exist?||The Brothers Karamazov||God on Trial|
|The Slippery Nature of Narrative||The Things They Carried||Memento|
|Sacred Texts After the Apocalypse||A Canticle for Leibowitz||The Book of Eli|
|The Nature of Reality||Simulacra and Simulation||The Matrix|
|Aren’t Evangelicals Funny?||Post-Rapture Radio||Saved|
|Interfaith dialogue||Life of Pi||Life of Pi|
|The Problem of Evil||Heart of Darkness||Apocalypse Now|
|Ascetics and Aesthetics||Chocolat||Chocolat (2000)|
|Revisionism and “Truth”||Unholy Night||The Last Temptation of Christ|
|Social Justice||Cry, the Beloved Country||Cry, the Beloved Country (1951)|
Some of you have asked when the next cohort will be offered — the answer is 2015.
So, what do you think of theses combos of books and films?