Spring 2017 Class for Lifelong Learners at Christian Theological Seminary
What does Kurt Vonnegut have to do with questions about God? What do we learn about Vonnegut when we place him in conversation with other novelists in the 20th century who asked questions about truth, meaning, beauty, absurdity, and the human condition?
Join Dr. Robert Saler, Research Professor of Lutheran Studies at Christian Theological Seminary, for the course “Kurt Vonnegut and the Absurd God.” We will read several key Vonnegut texts with an eye towards questions of human meaning, political absurdity and acts of faith. In the second half of the course, we will consider texts from other 20th century authors who wrestled with similar questions through literature – Franz Kafka, Flannery O’Connor and Octavia Butler.
The course will proceed on the assumption that sometimes the most vital religious questions are raised not in churches or explicit theological discourse, but through art. Vonnegut, as a master satirist and humane man of letters, used his art to raise questions about meaning, God and faith in multiple ways. This class will provide us an opportunity to reflect on how the legacy of these authors shapes our own quests after truth, beauty and meaning in this century. Anyone interested in Vonnegut and questions of religion – Christian or not – is welcome.
The class will be Tuesday nights, January 24 through May 9, from 6:30-9:00 pm at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. Discounted cost is $340 for Lifelong Learners (non-degree students not seeking credit), and financial assistance from the Indiana-Kentucky Synod is available for those who are not able to pay the full amount. Students who want to take the course for seminary credit should consult with the CTS Registrar.