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Beth Davies-Stofka
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Beth Davies-Stofka teaches courses on comparative religion and the philosophy of religion. Her teaching and research focus in two areas: the challenges that violence and human suffering present to theological ethics, and explorations of philosophy and theology in popular culture.

She has been an online columnist and critic for the past three years, writing on comics for Broken Frontier, and writing on comics, books, and film for The Comic Book Bin. She has contributed to a number of academic journals and edited volumes, most recently a study of the death of God in Continuum's forthcoming Graven Images: Religion in Comic Books & Graphic Novels, and several entries for the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Religion and Film from Greenwood Press. She is currently completing a book on the emergence of the Lebanese Hizballah.

Dr. Davies-Stofka was named Online Master Teacher of the Year 2008 by Front Range Community College, and is currently the recipient of two research grants. One supports the development of a game in Second Life designed to teach students about the Tibetan Book of the Dead. The second supports research into the effects of immersive technologies on student learning objectives.

Works by Beth Davies-Stofka
An Encounter of Your Own
Beth Davies-Stofka | December 03, 2010
A Christian faith community might learn things of enormous value about God's love for......
Iron Clad Ignorance: Rewriting History
Beth Davies-Stofka | July 02, 2010
In an otherwise disastrously loud and incoherent film, Mickey Rourke invented an......
Is Disney Bad For Your Child's Health?
Beth Davies-Stofka | June 21, 2010
What is bad for our children -- and for parents as well -- is cultural and historical......
WWII in HD
Beth Davies-Stofka | April 01, 2010
When so much of human ability and genius is focused on killing and destruction, it is a......
Make Love, Not War
Beth Davies-Stofka | March 23, 2010
What happened to the young social protesters, demonstrators, and activists of the late......
A Conversion to Atheism
Beth Davies-Stofka | March 16, 2010
Sweeney's reflections on the meaning of existence without God are moving and......
Judgment Day on Shutter Island
Beth Davies-Stofka | March 02, 2010
In Shutter Island, Martin Scorsese confronts his audience with a profoundly moving......
Youth Ministry and Philanthropy: An Interview with Jeremy...
Beth Davies-Stofka | February 23, 2010
An ace on the ball field, this left-handed pitcher is most passionate about helping......
Reincarnation in Pop Culture
Beth Davies-Stofka | February 09, 2010
In those instances in which artists and writers tackle reincarnation, they tend to share......
Caprica
Beth Davies-Stofka | February 02, 2010
Science fiction has long been fascinated with the proposition that a person's......
Judgment and Mercy
Beth Davies-Stofka | February 02, 2010
God will resurrect the dead, and each person will be judged directly by Allah according......
Legion
Beth Davies-Stofka | January 26, 2010
It might not merit a visit to the theater, but the American mosaic of desert, diner,......
The Book of Eli
Beth Davies-Stofka | January 18, 2010
What makes the movie worth the visit to the theater is its highly unusual choice of......
Avatar: Eternal Life?
Beth Davies-Stofka | January 11, 2010
Avatar offers a sensory experience of the central metaphysical proposition of pantheism,......
Coming of Age at Christmas
Beth Davies-Stofka | December 30, 2009
For both Louisa May Alcott and Maud Hart Lovelace, Christmas provides a wonderful......
The Twelve Days of Movies
Beth Davies-Stofka | December 14, 2009
There was plenty of movie magic, and religion and spirituality, to draw interested......
All-of-a-Kind Family
Beth Davies-Stofka | December 09, 2009
To read Sydney Taylors classic series is to give the gift of time the gift of family and......
2012: the Movie
Beth Davies-Stofka | November 18, 2009
What is it about the destruction of the entire human race that is appealing...
Capitalism: A Love Story
Beth Davies-Stofka | October 28, 2009
Michael Moores prophetic critique explores the ups and downs of business practices...
Halloween in Second Life
Beth Davies-Stofka | October 20, 2009
Second Life offers a wild array of Halloween experiences...
A Collection of Comics
Beth Davies-Stofka | October 13, 2009
Boston University has created a first a collection exclusively dedicated to religion......
Conspiracies and Elitism: A Review of "The Lost Symbol"
Beth Davies-Stofka | October 06, 2009
Does Dan Browns newest book tap into deeply held suspicions about Washington and the......
Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero
Beth Davies-Stofka | October 02, 2009
A review of superheroes and their stories, which reflect the culture, history,......
Movie Review: Thirst
Beth Davies-Stofka | September 10, 2009
A review of a 2009 Cannes International Film Festival winner. Can horror reveal......
Was Superman a Jesus Figure?
Beth Davies-Stofka | August 18, 2009
Bryan Singer's Superman Returns (2006) stirred fresh interest in the Superman-as-Jesus......
Warehouse 13
Beth Davies-Stofka | August 07, 2009
The problem with science-fiction shows is that they only tend to attract audiences who......
Children's Literature and Faith
Beth Davies-Stofka | July 28, 2009
Classic children's literature has a powerful influence in shaping young minds and hearts......
Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Beth Davies-Stofka | July 21, 2009
Is Harry Potter a threat or a harmless fairy tale?...