Call for Papers: Theology, Religion, and the Office

Call For Papers: Title: Theology and The Office Volume Editors: Daniel J. Cameron & John W. McCormack Abstract and CV Due: January 31, 2023 Initial Final Paper Due: June 30, 2023 In 2020, seven years after the show officially ended, the hit NBC series The Office was the number 1 streamed tv show with over…

John Carpenter and the Origins of Evil

By Danny Anderson Let there be no doubt about my position. John Carpenter is a great artist. And critics, many of whom seemingly made careers out of missing this point, have largely come around to acknowledge this fact. If there was any remaining doubt about Carpenter’s artistic achievements, Jordan Peele, the director of three modern…

Horror, Theology, and the Fragmented World

By Brandon R. Grafius Every prophet in the Hebrew Bible has a call narrative, a story where God speaks to them directly and commissions them to be a prophet. Think of Moses at the burning bush, the young Samuel being woken by a voice in the middle of the night, or Jeremiah being touched on…

Religion, Consumerism, and Absurdism: Modernity and the Quest for Meaning

By Cole DeSantis Popular culture is not known for being the most self-aware phenomena in human society. Many of the trends that constitute “pop culture” are considered fashionable because they are taken to be cool, novel, or because they appeal to us on some visceral level. Pop culture is something to be enjoyed, not really…

Contemplatives in Conversation: The Theology of Cinema, Part 2

By Arthur Aghajanian ***Before continuing, read Part One here… AA: In the context of theology, we might note that film has a special ability to represent things that other art forms can’t. The hypnotic affects achieved through temporal dislocation, the camera’s ability to concentrate attention while being everywhere at once, and the use of montage…

Contemplatives in Conversation: The Theology of Cinema, Part 1

By Arthur Aghajanian Going to the movies may not seem like religious action, but it’s one of the most common ways we experience spiritual insight. Film impacts how we interpret life, and its mechanical apparatus is uniquely suited to provide glimpses of the divine in the signs and symbols of the everyday. Like religion, film…

Doom Theology: Black Sabbath’s Relentless Vision of Good and Evil

By Jack Holloway The 1960s was a decade brimming with hopes of revolution, an electric time for a zealous counterculture. The Vietnam War loomed in the background, a fraught international situation which fueled the counterculture’s pursuit of radical societal transformation. But 1969 would prove to be a decisive year, as the tide was turned by…

Harrowings of Hell in Sandman and Christianity

By David Armstrong Caveat Lector: Spoilers follow for Netflix’s The Sandman Season One. In The Sandman, Season One, Episode 4, “A Hope in Hell,” Morpheus, aka Dream of the Endless, Lord of the Dreaming, embarks on a harrowing of hell to retrieve his helm, one of three magical objects which contain and channel his creative…

Call for Papers: Religion and James Bond

Call for Papers: Religion and James Bond Volume Editor: George Tsakiridis, PhD Abstract and CV Due: November 30, 2022 Initial Final Paper Due: June 1, 2023 Click this link, and close your eyes…wait a few seconds and start reading… It’s hard to imagine a more iconic action hero from the past 60 years than James…

30% Discount on the Theology, Religion, and Pop Culture Series!

Up through May 04, 2023, Lexington/Fortress Press is offering a 30% discount on all books in the Theology, Religion, and Pop Culture series with discount code LXFANDF30. This discount includes not only hardcovers but ebooks and paperbacks as well (so definitely worth looking at the paperbacks for Theology and Prince and Theology and the Marvel…

Extended Call for Papers: Theology, Religion, and the Witcher

Title: Theology, Religion, and The WitcherEditor: Yael Cameron, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand Andrzej Sapkowski is author of the Polish fantasy novels and short stories following protagonist Geralt of Rivia, better known as The Witcher. Since the early days of publication The Witcher has had a remarkable reception. The Witcher and its lore came…

Theology, Religion, and Margaret Atwood: Contributors Needed!

We are once again extending the call for papers for the Theology, Religion, and Margaret Atwood volume. The editors are interested in theological and religious analyses of Atwood’s works, which includes her famous A Handmaid’s Tale, but also includes her other short stories, essays, and poetry. Of particular interest would be a critical essay dealing…

A Response to McGrath and Brake: Batman, Joker, and Nietzsche’s Overman

By John MacDonald On episode 36 of the Religion Prof Podcast, Dr. James McGrath and Matthew Brake shared their interpretations of Nietzsche’s overman in relation to the Batman mythos in popular culture.  McGrath raises the point that it is young Bruce Wayne’s response to his family tragedy that raises him from the level of the…

Puss-in-Boots: An Allegorical Reading

By Daniel Bookman It is no secret that many tales that we read and enjoyed as children were oftentimes allegorical in nature. Who doesn’t know of Aesops fables or the Brothers Grimm and their many tales of morality? Likewise, there is a strong literary tradition of tales serving as Biblical allegories. Perhaps the most famous…

Morality and Power in Spider-Man: No Way Home

By George Tsakiridis WARNING: SPOILERS (but come on, it’s been 2 months!) “Three is a magic number.” The catchy tune by De La Soul that plays during the animated credits of Spider-Man: No Way Home rings in the ears of all attendees and represents the best-worst kept secret of the past year – there are…

Call for Papers: Theology, Religion, and the Witcher

Title: Theology, Religion, and The WitcherEditor: Yael Cameron, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand Andrzej Sapkowski is author of the Polish fantasy novels and short stories following protagonist Geralt of Rivia, better known as The Witcher. Since the early days of publication The Witcher has had a remarkable reception. The Witcher and its lore came…

Grant Morrison, Superheroes, and The Post-Traumatic Christian

By Matthew Brake I was talking the other day to a friend, and the topic of our spiritual journeys came up. This person told me about the burnout and discouragement they felt, not only being involved in different churches, but in the whole “Jesus thing” in general. I then relayed my own story: involvement in…

Cobra Kai and the Fluidity of Religion

By David Armstrong There are certain ideas that, once you have them, it is excessively difficult to un-have them. Here are two. The first is that religions–treated as self-sufficient, insulated systems of belief, behavior, and belonging that are discrete from other such systems and that can be identified through zoning in on some sort of…

Call for Papers: Theology, Religion, and Dune

Title: Theology, Religion, and Dune Editor: Christopher A. Porter, Trinity College, University of Divinity A mention of Frank Herbert’s Dune conjures up visions of warring houses, giant spice worms, mysterious Fremen, and the crucial ‘spice’ melange. But within Herbert’s broad world building enterprise, his universe unashamedly embeds religious themes and theological frameworks in the narrative….

Jimmy Eat World’s 555 and the Lament Tradition of Prayer

By Thomas M. Fuerst As a white United Methodist pastor living in the American South, I have grieved for two years as Covid-19 has run through my city, my region, my nation, and our world. Fortunately, I pastor a congregation that largely takes masks and vaccines seriously, but I lament that I live in an…

2021: Top Five Posts

When I did this post last year, I stated that it had been a tumultuous year (a bit of an understatement). 2021 brought it’s own share of ups and downs and the world continues to struggle with the Covid-19 pandemic, the rise of authoritarianism, and the pervasiveness of conspiracy theories. I hope everyone is finding…

Call for Papers: Anime, Religion, and Theology

Call for Papers: Anime, Religion, and Theology Proposal Due Date: February 15th, 2022 First Submission Date for Contributors: August 15th, 2022 Editors: Roberto J. De La Noval and David Armstrong Today it is impossible to overlook the presence of Japanese animation, ‘anime’ for short, in the Western entertainment ecosystem. Since the 1990s, when many landmark…

Extended Call for Papers: Theology, Religion, and Wes Craven

Call for Proposals Title:                          Theology and Wes Craven   Editor:                        David K. Goodin, McGill University Wesley Earl Craven (1939-2015), popularly known as simply Wes Craven, redefined the horror genre with such landmark and notorious films as The Hills Have Eyes (1977), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988), The People…

Theology, Religion, and Pop Culture Series Sale!

Hello Friends! From now through 01/08/2022, Lexington books is offering a 35% off sale on all in-stock titles (forthcoming titles not included). You can find out more specifics about the sale by clicking here. You can use the discount by going to the book series website and using code 21JOYSALE when you checkout. You can…

Why Theology and Spider-Man?

By George Tsakiridis As I begin writing this I am listening to the song “Stressed Out” by Twenty-One Pilots. It states “Wish we could turn back time, to the good old days, when our momma sang us to sleep, but now we’re stressed out.” In the newest book in the Theology, Religion, and Pop Culture…

Beastars, the Addictions of the Flesh, and Cruciform Asceticism

By David Armstrong Caveat Lector: Spoilers follow for Netflix’s Beastars. Beastars is objectively a little ridiculous. The first season follows Legoshi, a wolf living in a society of anthropoid animals tenuously held together across the division between herbivores and carnivores, the latter of whom struggle and periodically refuse to contain their violent and flesh-eating instincts….

Faith in the Balance: Religious Trauma and Hope in The Vigil

By Danny Anderson Horror films are shapeshifters by nature. They emerge into the world at a given time and place and contort themselves to embody the anxieties, fears, and hopes of their moment. For those interested in religion, horror has been, justifiably so, a primary cinematic genre to explore. No other kind of film takes…

Extended Call for Papers: Religion in Spider-Man Comics

Call For Papers: Religion in Spider-Man Comics – A Textual Look at our Favorite Web-Slinger Volume Editor: George Tsakiridis, PhD Abstract and CV Due: October 24, 2021 Initial Final Paper Due: March 1, 2022 There are few comic book heroes that rise to the level of Spider-Man. He is the foundation for most of the…

Call for Papers: Theology and Wes Craven

Call for Proposals Title:                          Theology and Wes Craven   Editor:                        David K. Goodin, McGill University Wesley Earl Craven (1939-2015), popularly known as simply Wes Craven, redefined the horror genre with such landmark and notorious films as The Hills Have Eyes (1977), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988), The People…

2nd Extension CFP: Theology and Margaret Atwood

Since the recent success of the TV series The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood—who has always enjoyed an enthusiastic “fan base” and coterie of admiring readers—has gained a renewed prominence and her work has entered into a kind of renaissance as readers (re)discover her extensive catalogue of writings, including novels, essays, short stories, poetry, and other edited…

Analyzing Religion in Jonathan Hickman’s House of X/Powers of X: Epilogue

At long last, David Canham‘s epilogue for his ongoing blog series for Sequart on Jonathan Hickman’s House of X/Powers of X. Here is an excerpt: “One also cannot deny how well-crafted the House of X / Powers of X series is. The questionable morality of the X-Men’s new status quo does not make the storytelling any less compelling. Hickman…

WandaVision, Reality, and the Filter Bubbles that Control Our Minds

By Hannah Grubbs Imagine you’re sitting at the dinner table with your old white grandma and her and your parents are going on and on about how Antifa was behind the insurrection and that Trump won the election. You, a well-informed person, interject to say, “Well, the Antifa part is unsure and Trump actually lost…

Die Before You Die: The Mystery of Christ in Sir Gawain and The Green Knight

By David Armstrong Caveat Lector: Spoilers follow for David Lowery’s The Green Knight. David Lowery’s The Green Knight (2021) is simply incredible. In a lifetime of ill-conceived, failed, and outright botched Camelot films, it is refreshing to know that someone, somewhere, actually has some knowledge of Arthuriana, particularly the mystifying, apocalyptic, even psychedelic strangeness that surrounds the…

Analyzing Religion in Jonathan Hickman’s Powers of X #6

I’m happy to present the second to last entry in David Canham‘s ongoing blog series for Sequart on religion in Jonathan Hickman’s House of X/Powers of X. Next week, I will be posting a link to his epilogue for the blog series. Here is an excerpt: “In returning to the theme of prophecy, Hickman brings…

Call for Papers: Theology and the Blues

Theology and the Blues Edited by Justin McLendon While all music genres incorporate religious imagery, the blues has its origin in the soil of the church. In its infancy, the blues was considered the “Devil’s Music,” often dismissed as undermining the church’s gospel songbook. The initial resistance, however, could not suppress the organic development of…

Analyzing Religion in Jonathan Hickman’s House of X #6

Once again, I am happy to present another post from our friends over at Sequart from David Canham‘s ongoing blog series analyzing religion in Jonathan Hickman’s House of X/Powers of X. Here is an excerpt: “But, Krakoa is supposed to be a mutant paradise, a perfect society as first introduced in Chapter 1: House of X #1….

Analyzing Religion in Jonathan Hickman’s Powers of X #5

We are coming close to the end of David Canham‘s analysis of Jonathan Hickman’s House of X/Powers of X series over at Sequart. Here is an excerpt: “One theory of religion postulates that such belief systems arise out of questions that remain (as of yet) beyond our ability to answer. Wondering, ‘Where did everything ultimately…

Analyzing Religion in Jonathan Hickman’s House of X #5

I’m happy to present another installment from our friend David Canham‘s series for Sequart on religion in Jonathan Hickman’s House of X/Powers of X story. Here is an excerpt: “Although only the ninth of twelve chapters, House of X #5 brings the entire House of X / Powers of X series to its thematic and symbolic climax. How fitting then, that…

Extended Call for Papers: Theology and the Riordanverse

Editors: Nathan E. Fleeson and Carolyn M. Jones Medine 2020 marked the 15thAnniversary of the publication of the first book in the Percy Jackson series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, as well as what Rick Riordan claims will be the last in the series, The Trials of Apollo: The Tower of Nero. In those…