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Mutants and Mystics

Mutants and Mystics

Science Fiction, Superhero Comics, and the Paranormal

by Jeffrey J. Kripal

Jeffrey Kripal has gathered the silver threads of grand mythologies, sacred texts, and mystical creeds, binding them to the visionary super-ego at the heart of modern literature's bastard sons—comic books and science fiction."

—Barry Windsor-Smith
About the Book

About the Book

By University of Chicago Press

Kripal explores how comic book heroes have helped their creators and fans alike explore and express paranormal experiences ignored by mainstream science.

A Book Excerpt

A Book Excerpt

By Jeffrey J. Kripal

Read an excerpt from Chapter 2 - "Alienation: Superman is a Crashed Alien"—of the new book Mutants & Mystics.

Mystics, Mutants, and Men Painted on Walls

Mystics, Mutants, and Men Painted on Walls

By Jeffrey J. Kripal

Jeffrey J. Kripal on how yesterday's religious mystics are today's creators of sci-fi and fantasy—and why we should listen to what they have to say.

Paranormal America

Paranormal America

By Patheos Editors

"I want this book to challenge the common assumptions people make about profound, life-changing, mind-blowing mystical experiences."

The Greatest Super-Story Ever Told

The Greatest Super-Story Ever Told

By Christine Hoff Kraemer

A Review of Mutants and Mystics
In Jeffrey J. Kripal's latest book, paranormal experiences are real and their message is being spread by pop culture.

Book Club Roundtable

The Experiential Aspect

The Experiential Aspect

By James McGrath

Kripal explores the ways in which many science fiction stories and themes give expression to a view of the world which their authors experience as real, sometimes even including specific details from their own individual experiences – whether mystical, psychological, or psychedelic in nature.

Is the Paranormal, Real?

Is the Paranormal, Real?

By Brad Hirschfield

Kripal takes personal experience seriously, and in doing so, invites us to see our lives as more exciting and more meaningful than we may often give ourselves credit for.  Even if I didn’t agree with all of his premises, that powerful conclusion rang out, and it’s one worth paying attention to.

A Stunning and Important Book

A Stunning and Important Book

By Carl Gregg

I read and review many books, but Kripal’s Mutants and Mystics is one of the rare books that forces me to slow down and reconsider not only the text in front of me, but also my conception of reality. If there is any part of your experience that intersects with the world of comic books or the paranormal, I highly recommend Jeffrey Kirpal’s latest book.

Yep, We're All Superman: A Personal Response

Yep, We're All Superman: A Personal Response

By Jeffrey Kripal

Mutants & Mystics author Jeff Kripal joins his Book Club Roundtable with a personal response to his fellow bloggers.

Origin Stories of Mutants, Mystics, and Messiahs

Origin Stories of Mutants, Mystics, and Messiahs

By Jonathan Fitzgerald

If we can see the paranormal nature of our own origin story, the incarnation of God into man, apart from the lens of reason and rational explanation, we too will be able to rewrite the grand story in which we live -- we will be better prepared for the work of building a kingdom of heaven here on earth.

Mutants and Mystics: A Mind-Growing Trip

Mutants and Mystics: A Mind-Growing Trip

By Craig Detweiler

Kripal builds a convincing case for reading comics as a mystical, right-brained primer for human potential. Mutants & Mystics is a wild, dizzying ride.

Mutants, Mystics, and Mind-Blowing

Mutants, Mystics, and Mind-Blowing

By Tony Jones

While I'm no geek, I do like me some Twilight Zone, and I'm a huge fan of science fiction. If you are, too, and you're looking to understand where all this came from in the last century-and-a-half, take some time and invest in Kripal's book.

Laying the Mask Aside

Laying the Mask Aside

By Victoria Nelson

Along with his brilliant and trailblazing work in paranormal studies—an area of research that is daring in itself for a mainstream academic to take on—I think what I most admire and take to heart in Jeff's richly productive writing life has been the fact that he has not been afraid to show how his scholarly interests have arisen directly out of the circumstances of his own life.

We're All Superman

We're All Superman

By Eric Wilson

Mutants & Mystics is more than scholarship—though it is that, in the best sense. But it is also a handbook for living, a soul guide, a powerful call to what is super in all of us.

A Paranormal Reading Experience

A Paranormal Reading Experience

By Ryan Parker

It's been a long time since I've read something as informative and challenging as this. Through Mutants & Mystics, Kripal has succeeded in getting me to view the paranormal, or the potential for it, in a whole new light.

Mysticism, Paranormal, and the Super-Story

Mysticism, Paranormal, and the Super-Story

By John W. Morehead

In our Western post-Christendom, pluralistic context the time has come to move beyond denunciation to understanding and more complex forms of engagement. In these ways the mutants and mystics can find room for dialogue on the fantastic with the followers of the first century Superhero from Nazareth as they discuss their competing Super-Stories.

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