Journal of Religion and Popular Culture

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 2, Summer

Apocalyptic AI: Visions of Heaven in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality
Geraci, Robert M. Apocalyptic AI: Visions of Heaven in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010. 248 + x pp.$27.95 (USD). Hardback. ISBN: 9780195393026 "To study intelligent robots is to study...
Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint
Chesnut, R. Andrew. Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. 221 ix pp. $24.95 (USD. paperback). ISBN: 9780199764655 Devoted to Death is an engaging introduction to the folk saint Santa Muerte. In...
Doctor Who: Christianity, Atheism, and the Source of Sacredness in the Davies Years
"Your whole history, it's like Chinese whispers. Getting more distorted as it's passed on. This is what you're fighting over, it's a device to rejuvenate a planet's ecosystem ... it's nothing mystical, it's from a laboratory, not some Creator." ...
Invented Religions: Imagination, Fiction and Faith
Cusack, Carole M. Invented Religions: Imagination, Fiction and Faith. Surrey, England: Ashgate, 2010. 179 + viii pp. 55.00 [pounds sterling], $89.95. Cloth. ISBN: 978-0-7546-6780-3 Carole Cusack's Invented Religions examines six recently "invented"...
Jewish Performativity on Sex and the City
In the final season of the critically acclaimed series Sex and the City (SATC), an event occurred that had never been seen before on television. A woman converted to Judaism in order to marry the man she loved, a Jewish man unwilling to concede an...
No Sympathy for the Devil: Christian Pop Music and the Transformation of American Evangelicalism
Stowe, David W. No Sympathy for the Devil: Christian Pop Music and the Transformation of American Evangelicalism. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. Hardback, 2011. 291 pp. $37.50 ISBN: 978-0-807-83458-9. Paperback: 2013. 304 pp. $27.95...
"Othering" and "Others" in Religious Radio Broadcasts in Tanzania: Cases from Radio Maria Tanzania and Radio Imaan
Introduction Advances in communication and media technologies are remarkably altering and redefining social interactions, which include ways of being religious and doing religion. This is particularly so in Africa, where technologies are breaching...
Pop Religion in Japan: Buddhist Temples, Icons, and Branding
Introduction Traditional Buddhism in Japan today is coping with the need to present itself as a lively force that is not only associated with funerary rites and other memorial rituals related to the ancestors, but also trying to deal with a progressive...
Popular Journalism, Religious Morality, and the Canadian Imaginary: Queers and Immigrants as Threats to the Public Sphere
Introduction: The Relationship between Religion and Tolerating Diversity in Canada This article argues that in Canadian news media, the figure of the queer citizen and the figure of the immigrant function as symbols for the threat of change to an...
Sahibqirani: An Ideal of Kingship and Manhood in the Romance of Amir Hamza
Introduction The study of epics and prose romances has undergone enormous transformations in the last century. Currently, the process has been accelerated by the translations and studies conducted in intercultural academic and literary venues. The...
The Politics of a Praying Nation: The Presidential Prayer Team and Christian Right Sexual Morality
In November 2010 Christianity Today published an article entitled "The Politics of Prayer." Under the heading "Pray for All Leaders--Particularly Our Guy," the author, Tobin Grant, expressed a concern that is often heard in settings of religious worship...
The Postmodern Sacred: Popular Culture Spirituality in the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Urban Fantasy Genres
McAvan, Emily. The Postmodern Sacred: Popular Culture Spirituality in the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Urban Fantasy Genres. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2012. 194 pp. $40.00 (USD. paperback) ISBN: 978-0-7864-6388-6. Ebook ISBN: 978-0-7864-9282-4 The...
"There's a New World Coming": The Eschatology of Bruce Springsteen's Wrecking Ball
Introduction Since his first album in 1973, so many of Bruce Springsteen's characters have shared the escapist desire to leave town in search for a promised land that they have become as cliche in his songs as the cars that these characters use...
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