JAAR Review of Religion and Science Fiction

JAAR Review of Religion and Science Fiction May 8, 2012

I’ve been meaning to mention the review of Religion and Science Fiction in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion. It is written by Kevin Wetmore of Loyola Marymount University, and surveys the volume’s contents, concluding the review as follows:

Overall, Religion and Science Fiction is an eclectic, interdisciplinary anthology that demonstrates the strengths and weaknesses of multiauthor volumes of this type. Given the subject matter, there are some topics that perhaps could have and should have been represented here, and the quality of the essays is fairly strong, if a little uneven. The best essays, however, such as those by Lozada, MacWilliams, and McGrath, are provocative and intriguing and justify not only the expansive definitions of science fiction and religion but point toward future scholarship on the issue. They also encourage the reader to re-encounter these texts, whether novel, film, or television program, through theological lenses. The volume will serve, I suspect, as a gateway for those interested in science fiction to begin to think theologically about the genre and, I hope will also serve as a gateway for more theologians and scholars of religion to take popular culture as a site for theological exploration and meaning.

If you have access to the journal online or are a subscriber, then take a look.

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