Mich. college offers course in zombies, apocalypse - KALB-TV News Channel 5 & CBS 2

Mich. college offers course in zombies, apocalypse

Posted: Updated:

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) - Some Central Michigan University students are getting schooled in the undead this semester, thanks to a religion course that's exploring apocalyptic themes in biblical texts, literature and pop culture.

Philosophy and religion faculty member Kelly Murphy says she always wanted to teach a course on apocalyptic literature, and she is a fan of AMC's TV show "The Walking Dead." The result is Murphy's class, which is called "From Revelation to 'The Walking Dead.'"

"Thinking about the end and imagining life in a different way is something that humans have always done," Murphy said in a university release.

Murphy's class will discuss biblical texts, review popular novels and watch clips from movies such as "Shaun of the Dead" and "28 Days Later." Students also will discuss hypothetical ethical and theological problems that people could encounter in a post-apocalyptic world.

"The prevalence of apocalyptic stories in various media gives us a window into what people are worrying about, what they hope for and how they imagine they would react in the face of a cataclysmic event," Murphy said. "In the same way, we can read the Book of Revelation ... and learn what ancient Jewish and Christian groups were concerned about."

Kevin White, a senior from the Detroit suburb of St. Clair Shores majoring in political science and religion, said it is important to incorporate popular culture into classroom settings because it helps to give students a way to connect with subjects of study.

"Studying ancient biblical texts isn't most people's cup of tea," he said. "But, when you add zombies, it instantly becomes everyone's cup of tea."

___

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Two arrested in scrap metal theft

    Two arrested in scrap metal theft

    Thursday, August 21 2014 2:56 PM EDT2014-08-21 18:56:55 GMT
    DEVILLE, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - On August 20, 2014, Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office deputies from the Deville Substation responded to 100 block of Fred Redwine Road in Deville in reference to the theft of tractor parts and other heavy metal items.More >>
    DEVILLE, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - On August 20, 2014, Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office deputies from the Deville Substation responded to 100 block of Fred Redwine Road in Deville in reference to the theft of tractor parts and other heavy metal items.More >>
  • Ice Bucket Challenge made to Tioga Detectives

    Ice Bucket Challenge made to Tioga Detectives

    Friday, August 15 2014 5:38 PM EDT2014-08-15 21:38:12 GMT
    TIOGA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - In November of 2003, the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office lost one of its most devoted and hard working Detectives we have ever had. More >>
    TIOGA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - In November of 2003, the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office lost one of its most devoted and hard working Detectives we have ever had. More >>
  • RPSO arrests Alexandria man in firearm theft case

    RPSO arrests Alexandria man in firearm theft case

    Thursday, August 21 2014 2:51 PM EDT2014-08-21 18:51:06 GMT
    (KALB News Channel 5) - On August 14, 2014, Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the 3800 block of LA 121 in Boyce in reference to a burglary.More >>
    (KALB News Channel 5) - On August 14, 2014, Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the 3800 block of LA 121 in Boyce in reference to a burglary.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KALB. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.