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Areopagus is a series in religion and film that explores deep questions about faith through the discussion of notable films. Each Areopagus event features a special expert guest, from one of a variety of religious background, who chooses a film and helps us to explore that film’s religious content. We begin each night with an opening interview of our presenter, followed by a screening of that evening's film, and an open Q&A time to discuss the topics raised by the film and presenter.

The films are open to the community and admission is free.

The series is sponsored by the University Chaplain’s Office and the Lindenwood University Film Series.

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Fall 2015 Films

The Tree of Life
Tuesday, September 15 - 6:30 p.m. - Young Hall

We will will kick off our season with a discussion around the fascinating, mind-bending 2011 film Tree of Life. Through viewing and discussing the film, we will explore themes of nature, grace and redemption in light of the questions about the meaning of life raised in the film.

Presented by:
Dr. John Finley of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary
The Tree of Life

Crimes and Misdemeanors
Tuesday, October 20 - 6:30 p.m. - Young Hall

We will have a discussion over the themes of pride and the nature of man in Woody Allen’s classic film, Crimes and Misdemeanors. Rabbi Gordon will also explore some of the Jewish themes that arise in Woody Allen’s films.

Presented by:
Rabbi Seth Gordon of Traditional Congregation of Creve Coeur
Crimes and Misdemeanors

The Night of the Hunter
Tuesday, November 17 - 6:30 p.m. - Young Hall

The classic film Night of the Hunter explores Biblical themes of good and evil in light of a psychotic preacher and his pursuit of “innocents.” The surrounding discussion will explore false teachers, their exploitation of the Bible, and faithful responses.

Presented by:
An interdenominational panel of theologians from Covenant Theological Seminary (Presbyterian), Concordia Seminary (Lutheran) and Kenrick-Glennon Seminary (Catholic).
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