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Matt Brake and I geek out about pop culture in this episode of the ReligionProf Podcast. Matt is the series editor for the new book series that Lexington and Fortress have launched, focused on the intersection of theology and popular culture. Last week on the podcast the focus was religious studies and Star Wars. This time it’s theology and popular culture. But the two (theology and religious studies, I mean) are not always as far apart as might first appear. The new series I mention is focused on “theology” in the broadest sense, and in the sense that it is often used in Europe, as including the study of religion using secular tools and methods, as well as formulating a viewpoint as an insider to a tradition. In Europe the gulf is less wide since most countries and most universities have some religious connection, and it is with what Americans would call a Mainline denomination, which among other things means one that embraces the application of historical and other secular methods to the study of their tradition and its scriptures.
Of related interest, see recent ASOR articles on topics such as Ancient Near Eastern “comics” and dragons in the Bible. See too the article in The Conversation about how speculative fiction transitioned from denigrated to respected genre.
Review - ΘeoCon - Matt
See too this review of ΘeoCon, which both Matt and I attended:
Also of interest, Stephen Garner has been sharing a series of...
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