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NOAH discussion at Cinefantastique's Spotlight Podcast

I was fortunate to be a guest at Cinefantastique Online with their Spotlight Podcast 5-13.1 with the discussion of NOAH. I commented on the film as a piece of cinema, and was also able to provide some thoughts on interpreting biblical texts and how this relates to religious communities and film artistry. Listen here.

Robertson: Watching Horror Films Can Lead to Demonic Possession

Pat Robertson is known for theological gaffes over the course of his televangelist career. In this video he warns about the possibility of demonic possession by watching horror films. I must admit I've had some conservative Christians accuse me of suffering from this malady given my interests in the fantastic and the macabre, but I'm […]

Dom Augustin Calmet: Biblical Scholar and Vampire Researcher

Previously I discussed Sabine Baring-Gould, a Christian minister who also maintained a research interest in the paranormal and the horrific. I recently came across another individual like this when reading a paper from the 2010 conference of the Center for Studies of New Religions. In "Vampires and Alternative Religions," co-authored by J. Gordon Melton and […]

Sabine Baring-Gould: Hymns and Werewolves

I sometimes think I am a strange phenomenon. I work in the area of theology and cultural studies on the one hand, and yet also have this interest in the fantastic and bizarre in popular culture, including horror, science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal. From time to time, however, I discover that there have been, […]

Black Death Podcast: Peg Aloi, Medieval Horror, and Religious Dialogue

  TheoFantastique Podcast 2.2 for 2011 is now available. In this edition my special guest is Peg Aloi, a religion scholar and film critic and who maintains her own blog at The Witching Hour, who engages me about the film Black Death directed by Christopher Smith. In this interview and dialogue, Peg and I discuss […]

Avril Hannah-Jones on Faith and Fantasy: Behind the Scenes in the Church of Latter-Day Geeks

In a recent post I commented on an Australian news item that went global, along with a certain level of controversy, as Pastor Avril Hannah-Jones combined her love for science fiction and fantasy with a service in her local church. Now that the controversy has died down, and her busy Easter service is behind her, […]

Church of the Latter-Day Geek Stirs Controversy Down Under

I recently came across an interesting couple of news items related to a church in Australia that has scheduled a fantasy and science fiction service. The idea is the brainchild of the Uniting Church's pastor, Avril Hannah-Jones, who is a fan of the fantastic in popular culture. From the Unsettled Christianity website: What started as […]

Arts & Faith: Top 25 Horror Films

Arts & Faith has published their list of the top 25 horror films. The top 10 include: 1. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari 2. Vampyr 3. The Exorcist 4. Nosferatu 5. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1922) 6. Let Me In (2010)/Let the Right One In (2008) 7. Psycho 8. Night of the Living Dead […]

Catholic Theologian Rejects “Zombie Jesus”

Today I came across an essay and interview that appeared last year in Religion Dispatches by Jason VonWachenfeldt that touched on a controversy between the Vatican and systematic theologian Roger Haight. I'm not sure of the present state of the controversy, if there is one, but a year ago the Vatican had concerns about some […]

News This Week: Intersections Between Christians and the Fantastic

Two items recently came to my attention that originate from the same source, that is, the interaction of Christians with elements of the fantastic. In this case the contexts are those of a former writer of vampire fiction, and comic fans. Anne Rice made news this week with an announcement that she had left Christianity. […]

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