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Students study zombies as part of religion course

Students study zombies as part of religion course

Some Central Michigan University students are studying zombies this semester with a religion course

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — Some Central Michigan University students are studying zombies this semester with a religion course exploring biblical texts and apocalyptic themes in media.

Philosophy and religion faculty member Kelly Murphy 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.'"

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

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

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