In our final class, we hit the quintessential epic of our time: The Lord of the Rings (along with the Hobbit). As you’ll hear, I recently read the full book and found it to be a beautiful reflection of so many Gospel truths. And the class ends with my hopes for anyone who has been following along, which where we fit into the Story of Stories. Here’s the audio.
In this class, we spent most of the time on the DC universe characters Superman and Batman. We also spent some time talking about the Hunger Games, delving into an interesting discussion on submission to governments and rebellion. Here’s the audio.
Since I was out of town for this part week’s class, I recorded my teaching to be played in my absence. I finished up the talk on the Marvel universe (namely the Avengers) and gave a quick talk through Harry Potter.
I also discovered that my phone caps HD videos at about 35 minutes, so I get rudely interrupted by my own phone during the Harry Potter section. 🙂
In this class, we did a brief sketch on Star Trek (close to my Trekkie heart) and then started delving into the Marvel Comics universe. We managed to cover Spider-Man and the X-Men, leaving the MCU for next time. Here’s the audio.
At our homeschool co-op, I’m teaching a six-week class based on some thoughts I shared a while back about the one big story of Scripture. Here’s the class description:
Class: Slay the Dragon, Get the Girl: How All Stories Point to the Truest Story
Description: This class will examine different popular epic stories from the last century to show how every good story is a shadow (both negatively and positively) of God’s Great Story. We’ll examine books (i.e. Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia), comic books (i.e. Superman, Batman, Avengers, Spider-Man), and movies (i.e. Star Wars, Star Trek) to help illustrate this point as part of a discussion on topics like good vs. evil, sacrifice, rescue, redemption, battle, endurance, and salvation. Prior knowledge of some or all of the material in the class is not necessary. Please note that we may occasionally watch video clips that, while NEVER containing foul language or sensual dress/behavior, may include action violence (up to PG-13). If this is an issue, please let me know and we can work out alternate arrangements as the videos will only be a small part of the class.
I thought it would be a cool way to take my massively nerdy interest in epic stories and comic book heroes, and point it all back to Jesus. 🙂
Interestingly, in the first class, I thought the review of God’s big story would be a gimme–but it wasn’t. So we spent quite a lot of time tracing that out for the students before getting to our first topic of Star Wars.