May 27, 2010 / Perspective
Jeff Keuss discusses the hit TV series *Lost*, including its finale, in light of Augustine’s concepts of love and creation.
Jeff Keuss is professor of Christian ministry, theology, and culture at Seattle Pacific University. He is the author of A Poetics of Jesus, The Sacred and Profane: Current Demands in Hermeneutics, and Freedom of the Self: Kenosis, Cultural Identity, and Mission at the Crossroads. Keuss is the co-chair of the Paul Ricoeur Consultation for the American Academy of Religion and serves on the editorial board for the journal Literature and Theology (Oxford University Press). When he is not blogging at Theology Kung Fu (http://senseijfk.wordpress.com/), he is often playing Scrabble with his wife and losing horribly.
This essay reflects on CS Lewis’s CHRONICLES OF NARNIA in light of the Arthurian quest for the Grail to show how a recovery of “life as narrative” can provide direction, release, and integration in faith formation toward an articulation of our lives as things of beauty, what Keuss refers to as “the life poetic.”
In this article Dr. Keuss seeks to reassert the important relationship between campus ministry programs and Christian universities; he proposes four distinct movements within our current educational milieu—the movement from technological isolation toward real-life intimacy, from passive ethics toward engaged citizenship, from occupational drive toward radical vocational abandonment, and from racial ignorance and isolation toward true racial reconciliation through honesty, humility, and hard work.