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Dystopia and Apocalypse as Lit and Cinema Themes

The Myth of the Secular Apocalypse: In today’s apocalyptic stories, we tend to think of apocalypse not as comfort or as consummation, but as senseless brutality and punishing anger. They rarely refer to God, or gods, or shared beliefs—except as a way to tell a better story, without the weighty religious meaning they once held.  Students can examine this theme and consider its place in the various Christian traditions and its secular treatments.

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