ΘeoCon 2019: Cards for Divinity

ΘeoCon 2019: Cards for Divinity September 6, 2019

Here’s information about another upcoming speaking event related to the intersection of popular culture and religion. The schedule for this year’s ΘeoCon has been posted. It includes A. David Lewis speaking on “World Religions, Comics, and Social Impact,” Ram Devineni speaking about “Love, Power, and Resilience: How Graphic Novels Exhibit Resilience and Hope,” a range of shorter sessions on a host of interesting topics, and in the mix, a panel that I’m involve in with the title “Cards for Divinity.” I will, of course, be talking about Canon: The Card Game. I’d love input from those who’ve never played the game, those who have, and anyone else interested about what you’d be interested to hear if you were in the audience at this panel session at ΘeoCon. Even if you won’t actually be there, your input would be very welcome!

Check out the full ΘeoCon schedule to see more details. Will you be attending? This year it will be at Messiah College in Pennsylvania rather than Virginia Theological Seminary. Get your tickets!

There are a number of podcasts I recorded that you’ll want to listen to if you’re at all interested in this program, featuring Shayna Watson the founder of ΘeoCon, Matt Brake who is involved in organizing it this year, A. David Lewis who is keynote speaker, and Jonathan Lawrence my co-presenter.

ReligionProf Podcast Episode 4 with Shayna Watson

ReligionProf Podcast with A. David Lewis

ReligionProf Podcast with John the Baptist (no, seriously!)

ReligionProf Podcast Episode 12 with Matthew Brake

See also my recap of the first ever ΘeoCon:

ΘeoCon: Where Theology and Popular Culture Meet

Also related to the intersection of theology and popular culture, the deadline for this call for papers has been extended:

EXTENDED Call for Papers: Theology and the DC Universe

Here are some other calls for papers that are likely to be of interest:

CFP: Theology and Batman

https://relcfp.tumblr.com/post/187487355844/cfp-popular-cultureamerican-culture-conference

CFP: Threshold, Boundary, and Crossover in Fantasy, University of York Fantasy Discussion Group, 12th-13th March 2020

Also related to the theme of this post.

Religion in The First Avenger: Magic, Canon, and Cosmos (Part One)

And finally, let me include a few older blog posts related to Canon: The Card Game.

About Canon: The Card Game

Making the Canon Game

Why Canon the Card Game is Necessary

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  • I hope this isn’t too much out of place but I believe you one of the few accessible scholars out there when it comes to the Mandeans. I bring this topic up because I recently stumbled upon a book bout the Mandeans. The title of the book is called “John the Baptist and the Last Gnostics” by Andrew Phillip Smith. I dug around for info on the book and here’s what I was able to find out. It’s published by Watkins Publishing (doesn’t seem like a academic or major press), the author doesn’t seem like he has any relevant credentials or expertise in the subject. The book also makes far-fetched conclusions as well. Here is where I would like your opinion. Can you possibly review this book? This book appears prominently when one searches for books on the Mandeans just to give a example of the odd spotlight this book gets. I personally find the book sketchy but I would love to hear your opinion on it if possible. Thanks for hearing me out.

    • Not at all! I actually started reading the book a while back with a view to reviewing it, but unfortunately things got in the way. Still planning to do so. While I think the book could have done without speculation about possible connections with the Knights Templar and things like that, the author was refreshingly skeptical about such possibilities, and was envisaging possibilities of contact rather than conspiracies and sacred bloodlines and whatnot. I will also add that I am not inclined to complain about any effort from anyone to write about the Mandaeans, given how few academics have specialized in the study of this fascinating religious tradition, and how little those few of us who have engaged in such study have written for a general audience that is genuinely accessible.

      Thank you so much for your comment – it will hopefully prompt me to return to the book and finish reading it and finally write that long-overdue review.