Category Archives: Pop Culture

The Radicalization of Luke Skywalker: A Jedi’s Path to Jihad

I pointed something similar out to my students in the BibPop course a few years back when a number wanted to write about religion and Star Wars. Most of them couldn’t see it though. See: The Radicalization of Luke Skywalker: … Continue reading

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Some highlights from 2014

Trying out the MarsEdit blogging tool to put together a few highlights from 2014. Works okay, on the whole, but doesn’t have the ability to easily embed YouTube videos or do Amazon lookups etc.  Most enjoyable books of 2014 Didn’t … Continue reading

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All about angels this fortnight

I’m off to the ISMRC Conference: Media, Religion and Culture in a Networked World in less that a week, so my focus will be on angels (and the demonic) in popular culture for the next two weeks. I’ll be presenting … Continue reading

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Urban Fantasy with a real character

As I’ve mentioned previously I really enjoy urban fantasy, and especially urban fantasy set in the UK. So I’ve been reading the ‘The Severed Streets’, the sequel to Paul Cornell’s ‘London Falling’. It was a good read, but one of … Continue reading

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Religion, Pop Culture and Video Games

An eclectic bunch of links today, focusing upon biblical literacy, religion and video games, and video games as a way of creating wellbeing. First up a new book from Heidi Campbell and Gregory Grieve “Playing with Religion in Digital Games … Continue reading

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Summer reading…

Pottering through a number of books this summer break – dipping into them for a bit before moving on to another book for a while. On the go at the moment or just finished include: “Happy Hour In Hell” (Tad … Continue reading

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Writing, reading and (religious) imagination

Two links here which both connect to the idea of ‘world-building’ – in the first case on the importance of fiction in engendering imaginative, thoughful people, while the second contemplated different ways in which one might deal with religion in … Continue reading

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Double map-making

Two interesting articles on map-making – one in the fictional context and the other for the web with real world data. Both interesting reads. How to Make a Fantasy World Map | Tor.com. 6 Reasons to Get Over Your Fear … Continue reading

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What’s in store for Serenity’s crew after the events of the film?

I’m a huge Firefly/Serenity fan. I’ve got the DVDs, the poster, and all the comics and graphic novels. So I’m hoping this comes to pass. What’s in store for Serenity’s crew after the events of the film? “Firefly: The Complete … Continue reading

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Searching For A New Hero?

A reflection on how the changes in the recent history of the Green Lantern Corps in the DC Universe towards a more militaristic, political organisation change affection for beloved characters. Will be interesting to see future blog posts on this … Continue reading

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