Moral dilemmas of war
November 9, 2013
The next film in the Humanities Film Series: Perspectives on War delves into difficult moral dilemmas with a screening of Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace.
The viewing will be 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 in the downstairs meeting room of the Jacksonville Public Library. Dr. Eric Berg, associate professor of philosophy at MacMurray College, will introduce and lead a discussion of the film. The viewing and discussion are free and open to the public.
Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace (2000) depicts the difficult decision that faced Lutheran pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) during World War II in Nazi Germany. Opposed to the Nazi party from the beginning, Bonhoeffer was presented the opportunity to become an active member of an assassination plot to kill Hitler. The film does a fantastic job of exploring the ethical and theological issues involved in his moral dilemma.
During the 2013-14 academic year, the film series Perspectives on War, co-sponsored by the Jacksonville Public Library and MacMurray College, presents viewings and discussion of films that delve into the human condition through the lens of the experience and effects of war. Next up is Chocolat, on Jan. 16, 2014, with the discussion led by Jeannie Zeck, associate professor of English and theatre at MacMurray.