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Humanities professor publishes first book

a red pen on a blank sheet of paper on a wooden desk

Michael T. Jahosky, Assistant Professor of Humanities at St. Petersburg College, routinely incorporates the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien into his Humanities curriculum. The Good News of the Return of the King:The Gospel in Middle Earth is his first book.

Jahosky says that although many people today reject Christianity for intellectual reasons, greater numbers of people are doing so because it does not engage their imagination.

“Christians must not only demonstrate that the Christian worldview is true, but that it is also good, beautiful, and relevant,” he said. 

The Good News of the Return of the King: The Gospel in Middle Earth endeavors to show the truth, goodness, and beauty of Jesus Christ, the Gospel, and the biblical meta-narrative by engaging the imagination through J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, as well as The Hobbit and The Silmarillion.

“In this book, I propose that J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings is a story about what Jesus’ parables are about: The Good News about the return of the king. As a work of imaginative fiction similar to Jesus’ parables, The Lord of the Rings can bypass both intellectual and imaginative objections to the Gospel and pull back the “veil of familiarity” that obscures the Gospel for many,” Jahosky said.

SPC dean writes and directs online play

Suffragettes from the early 1900s hold up a sign reading votes for women

The theater company West Coast Players, Inc. will be putting on an online play titled Rightfully Hers: A Tale of the 19th Amendment, a production written and directed by Susan Demers. Demers is currently the Dean of Public Policy & Legal Studies for St. Petersburg College (SPC) and an avid supporter of the theater arts.

The production will be historical in nature. The right to vote is something most Americans take for granted, but for the first 131 years of our country’s existence, women did not have that right.

Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony might not be household names today, but for decades they were both admired and reviled as they worked to make the possibility of suffrage—voting—a reality. Join West Coast Players, Inc. for this real-life drama, produced in celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment.

Performances will be live-streamed July 17–26 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

Purchase tickets online for only $15.