Online Academy Probes Christian Content of Bram Stoker's "Dracula"

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Athanatos Online Apologetics Academy is now offering a new course in its literary apologetics track titled "Literary Interpreter-Apologist: Faith mirrored in great literary productions- Dracula."

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Reading a good story awakens the heart and the thoughts of the reader. In most cases, this operates under the surface and since it is not an argument with ideas presented and evidence given, the content of what is awakened is seldom examined.

In an ongoing effort to create opportunities to discuss the truths of Christianity, Athanatos Christian Ministry's online apologetics academy is offering a new course that explores Bram Stoker's "Dracula" in search of issues of importance for discussion and inspiration.

The course, "Literary Interpreter-Apologist: Faith mirrored in great literary productions- Dracula" is an elective in the academy's literary apologetics certificate program. Led by Ebony Murdoch and Mario Alejandra, the program is designed to encourage Christian authors to think of their writing as having apologetic potential, but also how to recognize when worldviews reveal themselves in books, movies, and music. The new course is geared towards that sort of worldview analysis.

Course designer and facilitator Debbie Thompson says, "Reading a good story awakens the heart and the thoughts of the reader. In most cases, this operates under the surface and since it is not an argument with ideas presented and evidence given, the content of what is awakened is seldom examined. If it is examined, Christians appear to be interested in trivial checklists that may mislead them into accepting something which should be rejected or rejecting something that would actually nourish their hearts and inform their thoughts."

She continues, "The goal of this course is to go beyond enjoying the story on its own as a story and to think about it through Christian eyes, more specifically, to see how it comments on typical Apologetic issues."

Apologetics refers to the defense of the Christian faith.

In that spirit, required reading besides Stoker's "Dracula" includes "A Skeleton in God's Closet" by Paul Maier, and "New Evidence Which Demands a Verdict" by Josh McDowell.

The six week course is $100 and is offered year round.

Debbie Thompson is a judge in ACM's writing contests, a reviewer for their Christian book review service, and an experienced curriculum designer involved in the home school movement.

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