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The Undead and Theology is a Stoker Finalist/Nominee

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) is pleased to announce the Final Ballot for the 2012 Bram Stoker Awards®. The HWA (see is the premiere writers organization in the horror and dark fiction genre, with nearly 1000 members. We have presented the Bram Stoker Awards in various categories since 1987 (see The HWA Board […]

Review of The Theology of Battlestar Galactica at Colloquium

My review of Kevin Wetmore’s The Theology of Battlestar Galactica: American Christianity in the 2004-2009 Television Series (McFarland, 2012) has been accepted for publication in Colloquium: The Australian and New Zealand Theological Review. The review will be published in issue 45, no. 2 in November 2013. A copy is available on my page. Here […]

Science Fiction and “Big Theogical Questions”

James McGrath of the blog Exploring Our Matrix recently brought an item to my attention from i09, a post by Charlie Jane Anders titled “Big Theological Questions that Science Fiction Should Answer.” The essay notes that science fiction frequently addresses theological questions, but suggests a different series of questions that are largely unexplored. This piece […]

Cover for The Undead and Theology

My co-editor, Kim Paffenroth and I have approved the cover art for The Undead and Theology through Wipf & Stock. We are finalizing the manuscript and will discuss marketing considerations soon. Release date information to come in the near future. Back cover blurbs: “Both theologians and fans should appreciate this collection that explores the spiritual […]

Call for Papers: Joss Whedon and Theology

CALL FOR PAPERS Joss Whedon and Theology The works of Joss Whedon — from his hit television shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly, to his popular comic book writing on Fray and X-Men, to his upcoming and highly anticipated Avengers film—are among the most influential pop culture phenomena of the last two decades. […]

The Undead and Theology to be Published by Wipf & Stock

The Undead and Theology has found a publisher in Wipf & Stock. My co-editor Kim Paffenroth signed the contract this week. Submissions by the contributors are due at year’s end. Here is a description, as well as a list of contributors and their chapter topics. Overview Kim Paffenroth and John W. Morehead, editors The academy […]

The Undead and Theology Essay Collection Selected

An idea that brewed in the fertile brains of Kim Paffenroth, Matt Cardin, and myself, has taken a major step toward becoming reality. Working with Kim Paffenroth as co-editor, and having sifted through a number of submissions after a call for papers, we have chosen the lineup for an upcoming essay collection on THE UNDEAD […]

Can Zombies Be Spiritual?

Today I ran across a book at Barnes & Noble that caused me to connect a few dots and pose a question to myself which I’d like to share with my readers. Please follow along as I draw the dots and put them together. As I looked at the various tables of books in the […]

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 […]

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978): Social and Theological Reflections of the “Me Generation”

I have been fortunate with the holidays to have a little extra spending cash that I have been able to put into adding to my video library. One of the films added to my collection was Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978). Of course, this film is based on the book by Jack Finney from […]

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