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Topics in Political Theology and Ethics: "Providence and the Politics of Desire: Augustine and Melville"

This seminar will explore the complexities of human desire, free will and agency in a providential yet contingent world found in Augustine's critique of Roman imperialism in City of God and Herman Melville's critique of American imperialism in Moby Dick. The premise guiding the exploration is that both Augustine's political theological philosophy of history and Herman Melville's political theological poetics are informed by biblical exegetical paradigms that are mutually illuminating.

RELIGST 775

Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): Graduate Term(s): Offered?: No Language?: No

Travis Kroeker

Professor