Theology Students Given Trigger Warning Before Studying Christ’s Crucifixion

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By Kieran Corcoran | 3:16 am, January 6, 2017

University students studying the death of Christ are being given trigger warnings before being shown images of the Crucifixion.

Theology undergraduates studying an introductory Bible course at the highly-regarded University of Glasgow are being warned that the execution may distress them.

They are given the opportunity to skip lectures entirely if they are too fearful that the Biblical imagery may upset them.

The warning is part of a module entitled “Creation to Apocalypse: Introduction to the Bible”, the Scottish Daily Mail reported.

One particular lecture – on Jesus and cinema – comes with the a warning that it “contains graphic scenes of the crucifixion… this is flagged up to students beforehand”.

According to an online course specification, around 50 students a year take the lectures.

Heightened sensitivities around the image – arguably the most famous scene in all Western culture – is the latest in a slew of trigger warnings related to fundamental parts of university courses.

Trigger warnings have also been given to criminal law students who don’t want to hear about rape, archaeology students who are upset by skeletons.

Classicists studying Ovid and, while universities toyed with doing the same to works of English including The Great Gatsby.

At Hofstra University on Long Island, campus administrators erected a large, physical trigger warning ahead of a debate between then-candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.