Christian Scholars' Conference 2011 The Path of Discovery: Science, Theology, and the Academy June 16-18, 2011 Pepperdine Univer

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Stephanie M. Eddleman
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Crime Fiction, Science, and The Battle Between Good and Evil

A universal theme in Judeo-Christian literature is the battle between good and evil. This theme plays out in many genres—from Milton's epic poetry to Tolkien's fantasy novels, to Wilkie Collins' Moonstone, a novel described by T. S. Eliot as "the first and greatest of English detective novels." As Knutson notes, "The first practitioners within crime writing prepared the genre for a conservative worldview [in which] there was a binary opposition between right and wrong, good and evil," and for the popular subgenre of forensic crime drama, the dichotomy still holds true. However, science has replaced God as the "good" and religion is often linked to evil (bigotry, intolerance, insanity) in the epic battle between good and evil. Submissions are welcome on any aspect of the role of science and/or religion in the battle between good and evil in crime fiction. This session invites submissions from both working scholars and PhD students.

Abstracts of 100 to 150 words and a brief bio should be sent in a Word attachment via e-mail by 21 December, 2010 to: Stephanie M. Eddleman,

Notice of acceptance of your paper will be provided by January 18, 2011.

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