This course is designed to encourage students to read significant works of fiction as a paths toward understanding the literary heritage of cultures and the events and forces that have shaped said literature.  The list of works presented in this course focuses on those literary themes surrounding spiritual life such as mercy, forgiveness, sin and redemption.  Reading the chosen selections for the course should challenge the students' critical and analytical abilities and enhance their appreciation of a variety of literary styles and techniques.  This course will lead students to identify the stylistic devices and thematic strands which characterize each work.