Joss Whedon and Religion
Essays on an Angry Atheist’s Explorations of the Sacred
Edited by Anthony R. Mills, John W. Morehead and J. Ryan Parker
Foreword by K. Dale Koontz
Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-7290-1
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-4766-1253-9
notes, bibliography, index
softcover (6 x 9) 2013
Not Yet Published, Available Fall/Winter 2013 through McFarland
About the Book
This is a collection of new essays on the religious themes in, and the implications of, the works of Joss Whedon, creator of such shows as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly, and more recently writer and director of the box-office hit Marvel’s The Avengers. The book addresses such topics as ethics, racism, feminism, politics, spiritual transformation, witchcraft, identity, community, heroism, apocalypse, and other religiously and theologically significant themes of Whedon’s creative enterprises. The disciplinary approaches vary as well; history, theology, philosophy of religion, phenomenology, cultural studies, and religious studies are all employed in different ways. The existential faith commitments of the various essay authors are also different. Some are clearly believers in God, some are clearly not, and others leave that matter aside altogether in their analyses.
About the Author
Anthony R. Mills lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. Researcher and writer John W. Morehead lives in Syracuse, Utah. J. Ryan Parker received a Ph.D. in religion and the arts from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and a master of divinity degree from the Wake Forest. He lives in Clinton, Mississippi; his website is www.poptheology.com.