Harry Potter and the Christian Story

Dr. William Sofield speaks on why we love Harry Potter, including 1) the deeper meanings of names, beasts, and places in light of ancient languages, medieval symbols, etc., 2) Rowling's religious and spiritual interpretation of her work, 3) comparisons and contrasts with Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, C. S. Lewis, Tolkein, etc., and 4) themes of death and the afterlife, the value of our choices, tolerance for others, courage, and struggling to believe.

William Sofield
Gene Editing: Promise or Peril?

The advent of technology to alter DNA in humans, animals and plants has profound implications for human flourishing. Can genetic diseases be eradicated, thus eliminating suffering? Can more productive crops be developed, thus ending hunger? What potential pitfalls exist? What does this new technology say about what it means to be human? 

This public seminar is led by Michelle Kirtley, PhD of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity. Dr. Kirtley received her doctorate in cell biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has written extensively on bioethics, healthcare, and public policy.

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William Sofield
Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?

All truth is God's truth.  All beauty is God's beauty.  All good work is God's good work.  The devil doesn't have any good music.  If music is good then it belongs to God.  This talk explores the connection between God's Word and his World.  Christians who ignore or slight his Word or his World will be unbalanced in their view of him.  If that sounds boring, skip to the end where the framework is used to explore the themes of Harry Potter.

William Sofield