Journal of Religion and Popular Culture

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 1, Spring

Faint Hope-A Theological Interpretation of Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors
[1] Crimes and Misdemeanors, Woody Allen's eighteenth film as writer and director, was released in 1989 to mixed but generally positive reviews. It has since become the object of extended scholarly reflection in the realms of both philosophy and film...
Jesus Christ and Billy the Kid as Archetypes of the Self in American Cinema
Introduction [1] In recent years, there has been an increasing "revitalised interest" in Jungian psychoanalytical method based on the concept of cinema as a collective experience, especially in the fields of literature and cultural studies, such...
Much Ado about Harry: Harry Potter and the Creation of a Moral Panic
Introduction [1] Move over Postmodernism--the Western world has now entered the age of "Pottermania." The Harry Potter book series, created by J.K. Rowling, has achieved record-setting publishing success, topping and toppling both children's and...
Religion, Sexuality and the Image of the Other in 300
[1] The movie 300, dealing with the battle between Greeks and Persians at Thermopylae in the year 480 BCE, aroused considerable international controversy when it appeared in 2007. The fiercest objections were voiced by Iranian critics who resented...
Religious Groups and "Affluenza": Further Exploration of the TV-Materialism Link
Across the six studies heavier TV viewing generally correlated with materialist values, especially the value of "making a lot of money" for the young. The results validate Georg Simmel's observation that even those devoutly dedicated to salvation and...
The Land of Faery as Cosmic Cheat: A Lewisian Analysis of Robert Zemekis' Contact
Introduction [1] For millennia, most humans have looked to the heavens as a place of mystery and intrigue, a residence of the gods, and a point of meditation designed to bring us closer to the transcendent vision. Even as the scientists of today...
The Postmodern Sacred
[1] Clearly after September 11, religion has become an ever more vital, and contested, part of culture across the world. The aftermath of September 11, however, has not been a re-assessment of what legitimately constitutes the domain of the religious...
"Wars Not Make One Great": Redeeming the Star Wars Mythos from Redemptive Violence without Amusing Ourselves to Death
"You May Fire When Ready" [Grand Moff Tarkin, ANH]: A Violent Mythos [1] All human artefacts are culturally and contextually produced. Mythologies, for instance, express, through their judicious symbolic depiction of "archetypal" forms of living,...
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