Religion and Doctor Who (American Edition)

Religion and Doctor Who (American Edition) November 22, 2013

Wipf and Stock's Cascade imprints is distributing the book I co-edited on religion and Doctor Who in North America. They've reversed the title and subtitle for this edition, and have a really cool cover:

For those attending AAR/SBL, you should be able to get copies in Baltimore…while they last!

See also the article “Doctor Who: time travel through faith” on the BBC Religion and Ethics website. There is also a post on the blog Think Christian that may be of interest.

 

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  • Kubricks_Rube

    Re the last link, I’d say there’s no contradiction in the Doctor being both a Christ figure and the ultimate humanist, but he definately leans toward the former. Having finished the Tennant episodes last week (what a great run!), I’d say this plays out in the distinction between what the Doctor does for humans and what he wants them to do for each other. There are definitely two different standards. While he makes tough choices and lets many people die to save many more (ie Pompei) and wipe out swaths of enemies to protect humankind, he gets angry when his human companions are willing to do the same (The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End). He loves when humans save each other and appreciates (and appropriately mourns for) self-sacrifice, but humans killing humans or even Daleks- even to save many other humans and/or other beings- even to prevent reality itself from being unmade- seems to go against his ethics. It’s utilitarianism for me but not for thee. That’s not a criticism exactly, just something I noticed about the Doctor’s uneven application of moral absolutes.