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Assignment Prompts and Notes REL 3112: Religion and 20th Century Fantasy Literature Livingston — Spring 2019 This document contains the prompts for the House tracks that constitute 50% of your final grade and the Theological Comprehension Essay (TCE). All students must write the TCE. On your student questionnaire (due 15 January) please indicate a House track. You are only then responsible for those assignments. If you indicate you’re an REL 3112 Gryffindor, you only write for Gryffindor, and so on. The competency windows for each assignment are listed on the Course Schedule (see the syllabus). Theological Comprehension Essay Early in the class I introduced you to Augustine’s understanding of evil. No other interpretation of evil has been so widely accepted in Western theology and Christian social-political thought. You will argue in later assignments whether the fantasy authors we are considering this semester are intentionally drawing on Augustine or secularizing his religious vision. This short essay (250-400 words) is your opportunity to demonstrate mastery of a meaningful theological concept required for successful completion of your other work in this course. NOTE : You must cite Augustine in all three of parts… — Explain how Augustine views evil and how he bases this vision in Genesis; — Explain man and woman’s role (why each ate the fruit) and why Augustine is forced to explain it this way; — What is the cure for evil? Consult the Writing Guide (Appendix I of the syllabus) for formatting rules, notes on citations, etc.
Hufflepuff Evaluations — Hufflepuff only First Evaluation C.S. Lewis claimed he wrote a “supposal” rather than an allegory.” Proposition: He was right. He actually achieved critical distance and a unique artistic production. Respond by doing the following: 1.) identifying the primary differences between “supposal” and “allegory” for Lewis; 2.) using textual evidence from at least two novels in The Chronicles of Narnia ; 3.) referencing two of the following: the Bible, Augustine, Plato, “On Stories,” “The Necessity of Chivalry,” “On Fairy-stories,” “The Necessity of Chivalry,” and “Myth Became Fact.” A few reminders: You have 750-1000 words to make your case, so avoid fluff. To that end don’t rely on block quotes. Also, don’t rely on other people for this assignment. Plagiarism (which includes unauthorized group work) is strictly prohibited. Consult the Writing Guide (Appendix I of the syllabus) for formatting rules, notes on citations, etc. Second Evaluation Philip Pullman claimed to be a "Church of England atheist" whereas Freitas and King think he's more of a panentheist. However, Dust seems to emanate from a (platonic?) primary world. (Recall the importance of primary worlds from the theory we engaged early in the class.) This seems to suggest greater Christian influence on the trilogy.

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