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Critical Exchanges on the Paranormal

Today I came across an item that is a couple of years old, but it's worth taking a look at. It involves an essay by Jeffrey Kripal, who has been interviewed here at TheoFantastique previously on two occasions, once on his book on the paranormal and the sacred, and the second time on his book […]

CFP - From Infinity to the Abyss: Gods and Monsters in Science Fiction Film

CALL FOR PAPERS An area of multiple panels for the 2016 Film & History Conference: Gods and Heretics: Figures of Power and Subversion in Film and Television October 26-October 30, 2016 The Milwaukee Hilton Milwaukee, WI (USA) DEADLINE for abstracts: June 1, 2016 AREA: From Infinity to the Abyss: Gods and Monsters in Science Fiction […]

Lecture on horror and religion at University of the Pacific

Next Wednesday, November 11, I will present a guest lecture at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. I was invited by Professor Alan Lenzi to present on "Religion and Transcendence in Horror and Science Fiction." My presentation will involve a PowerPoint that incorporates film clips and commentary, not only on Abrahamic religions, but also […]

Religious tensions expressed again in The Strain

I'm a little behind on watching episodes of The Strain, but one which aired a couple of weeks ago caught my attention because of the conflicting ways in which it portrayed Christianity. Previously I've commented on the way the series engages the Christian faith, particularly in its Roman Catholic expression. This is due to Guillermo […]

Artificial intelligence and religion

There has been a good bit of discussion lately on artificial intelligence in connection with religiosity. The Daily Mail has a piece titled "Will artificial intelligence be religious? Researchers say robots could someday be converted to a faith." This includes positive and negative aspects. On the latter, the piece states If artificially intelligent robots could […]

Interview with Jess Peacock on "Such a Dark Thing: Theology of the Vampire Narrative in Popular Culture"

Recently Jess Peacock got in touch with me to let me know about his new book, Such a Dark Thing: Theology of the Vampire Narrative in Popular Culture (Resource Publications, 2015). It is a good read, and for those interested in exploring various theological aspects of the vampire, this book is worthwhile, bringing together an […]

Religion and Transhumanism: The Unknown Future of Human Enhancement

  Religion and Transhumanism The Unknown Future of Human Enhancement by Calvin Mercer and Tracy J. Trothen, Editors November 2014 Praeger This book comprises essays that explore transhumanism and the issues that surround it, addressing numerous fascinating questions posed by scholars of religion from various traditions. How will "immortality" or extreme longevity change our religious […]

Titles of Interest - Religion in Science Fiction: The Evolution of an Idea and the Extinction of a Genre

Religion in Science Fiction: The Evolution of an Idea and the Extinction of a Genre by Steven Hrotic (Bloomsbury Academic, 2014) Religion in Science Fiction investigates the history of the representations of religion in science fiction literature. Space travel, futuristic societies, and non-human cultures are traditional themes in science fiction. Speculating on the societal impacts […]

Titles of Interest - Holy Sci-Fi! Where Science Fiction and Religion Intersect

Holy Sci-Fi! Where Science Fiction and Religion Intersect by Paul J. Nahin (Springer, 2014) Can a computer have a soul? Are religion and science mutually exclusive? Is there really such a thing as free will? If you could time travel to visit Jesus, would you (and should you)? For hundreds of years, philosophers, scientists, and science fiction writers […]

Titles of Interest - Dangerous Games: What the Moral Panic over Role-Playing Games Says about Play, Religion, and Imagined Worlds

Dangerous Games: What the Moral Panic over Role-Playing Games Says about Play, Religion, and Imagined Worlds (University of California Press, 2015), by Joseph P. Laycock. The 1980s saw the peak of a moral panic over fantasy role-playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons. A coalition of moral entrepreneurs that included the Christian Right, psychologists, and […]

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