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Join Rich Gates (MA, MDiv) as he examines the theological impact of Mary Shelley’s enduring novel. Political instability, social inequalities, environmental destruction, and technological revolution embody the fragility of today’s world. At the same time, our fear of abandonment, distress over isolating difference, and shame in the midst of pervasive loneliness are horrors that span the entirety of human experience – incarnate in both the stories we share and the faiths to which we hold. In what ways does Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein bring the truth of human fragility to life? How does her story personify the wounds of brokenness for which we seek healing in the intersection of God, science, faith, facts, and our words? To what hope does the “darkness and distance” at the end of Frankenstein give being and breath?

This event is a part of Frankenstein Week at Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, Missouri.