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Online School Of Pastoral Ministry
Catholic Faith, Fiction, and Film
With Dr. Margaret Turek
All “serious” fiction writers imbue their works with a vision of life: a vision often indebted to a philosophy or a religious creed. This is the case, whether the writer is a rationalist, an atheist, a Buddhist or a Catholic. Against the horizon of his vision of life or belief structure, the fiction writer will grapple with such questions as: What makes a life fully human, truly humane? Is there an absolute meaning and ultimate goal of human existence?
Beginning Tuesday, January 2, 2024; Dr. Turek leads us through a selection of modern works of fiction and film, all of which deal with themes vital to the Catholic vision of God, human existence, sin and guilt, redemption, and beatitude beyond death. Along the way, the unique challenges facing the Catholic fiction writer (and his audience) today will be discussed, including how the writer attempts to get his vision across when writing for a world that is unprepared to see “the really real” with the eyes of faith? How does one portray the nearness of God for an audience who is scarcely conscious of God?