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Reading Fiction as a Spiritual Practice

  • Course Dates: Mon 28 October 2019, 10:00 am to Wed 30 October 2019, 4:00 pm

William Blake called the Old and New Testaments ‘The Great Code of Western Art’ and we see it over and over again in great works of fiction.





In this course, we will explore the symbols at play in three novels in profound conversation with the Bible:

·         To Kill a Mockingbird on Mon, 28 October 2019
·         Jane Eyre on Tues, 29 October 2019 and
·         The Life of Pi Wed, 30 October 2019

Book one day, two days, or all three days.  Discounted B&B is available for those who wish to stay in College and attend more than one day.

The word “fiction” means “to make.” This course will demonstrate how great works of literature make novel meanings out of the myths and metaphors of the Bible. Participants will be engaging in an imaginatively transformative way of reading, one applicable to both fiction and scripture. Focusing on one book per day, we will illuminate the scriptural symbolism that is animated and imagined in the novel(s). Additionally, the course will explore the theological implications of reading the Bible in a similar imaginative, animating, and incarnational way.

In collaboration with The Centre for Contemporary Spirituality .

To book, email courses@sarum.ac.uk


Course Details

Mon 28 October 2019, 10:00 am
Wed 30 October 2019, 4:00 pm
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Michael Verde Michael Verde facilitates literary discussions for organisations, libraries, reading groups, and via podcasts. He has an MA in literary studies from the University of Iowa and a MA in theology from the University of Durham, England. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Inquiry Methodology from Indiana University.Jayme Reaves is the Centre Coordinator and also Coordinator for the Short Course programme at Sarum College. She is a public theologian, with a specialist interest in making the Bible, theology, and theological methods more accessible to the public and helping congregations and communities reflect on the public impact of their theology. She is also an Honorary Fellow at the Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education.
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