Joss Whedon and Religion: Essays on an Angry Atheist's Explorations of the Sacred

By Anthony R. Mills, John W. Morehead, K. Dale Koontz

It is a selection of new essays at the non secular subject matters in, and the results of, the works of Joss Whedon, author of such exhibits as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly, and extra lately author and director of the box-office hit Marvel's The Avengers. The booklet addresses such themes as ethics, racism, feminism, politics, witchcraft, religious transformation, id, neighborhood, heroism, apocalypse, and different theologically major subject matters of Whedon's inventive organizations. The disciplinary methods range besides; historical past, theology, philosophy of faith, phenom­enology, cultural stories, and spiritual experiences are all hired. many of the essay authors fluctuate in that a few are essentially believers in God, a few are in actual fact no longer, and others depart that topic apart.

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1 Preface—ANTHONY R. turbines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . five Introduction—ANTHONY R. generators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 forms of Conversion: non secular Transformation within the Buffyverse —JEREMY R. RICKETTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . eleven The Harrowing of Hell: “Anne” and the Greek Paschal culture in dialog —HOPE okay. BARTEL and TIMOTHY E. G. BARTEL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Mary and Buffy stroll right into a Bar: The Virgin Deity and Buffy the Vampire Slayer—VALERIE MAYHEW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 “Oh ... My ... Goddess”: Witchcraft, Magick and Thealogy in Buffy the Vampire Slayer—JASON LAWTON WINSLADE . . . . . . . . . . . . fifty one Apocalypse on occasion: The Apocalyptic Paradigm and the which means of existence and (Un)Death in Buffy the Vampire Slayer—ROSLYN WEAVER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . sixty seven Who’s fearful of the large Black Wolf ? Racial id and the Irrationality of spiritual trust in Firefly and Serenity —DESIRÉE DE JESUS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . eighty three “You’re welcome on my boat, God ain’t”: moral Foundations within the Whedonverse —DEAN A. KOWALSKI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 Actives, Affectivity and the Soul: examining Dollhouse throughout the Phenomenology of Michel Henry —J. LEAVITT PEARL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123 simply to Love and Be enjoyed in go back: id and Love within the Dollhouse —JULIE CLAWSON . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . one hundred forty v vi desk of Contents “There’s no position i will be”: Whedon, Augustine and the Earthly urban —SUSANNE E. FOSTER and JAMES B. SOUTH . . . . . . . . 152 to collect or to Shrug? energy, accountability and Sacrifice in Marvel’s The Avengers —RUSSELL W. DALTON . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . a hundred sixty five nationwide Treasures: Joss Whedon’s Assembling of remarkable Avengers —JOHN C. MCDOWELL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183 because it Ever was once ... So Shall It by no means Be: Penal Substitutionary Atonement conception and Violence within the Cabin within the Woods —J. RYAN PARKER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196 “I’m sorry I ... ended the world”: Eschatology, Nihilism and desire within the Cabin within the Woods—W. SCOTT POOLE . . . . . . . . . . . 213 in regards to the members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227 Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231 Foreword okay. DALE KOONTZ i will be able to let you know precisely the place i used to be while I first encountered Buffy the Vampire Slayer— i will even inform you which episode used to be airing. (If you’re curious, i used to be in Greenville, South Carolina, and it was once the early fall of 1998. The episode was once “Becoming: half 2. ”) i used to be marked from that second. Seldom, if ever, has a tv express had such an instantaneous effect on me. i actually cared approximately those characters. i used to be entranced by way of the frilly mythology that have been spun for this global. I cherished the pointy discussion. in brief, this express was once impressive, but it wasn’t a blockbuster within the scores. How may perhaps that be? definitely I couldn’t be the one one that felt this connection — the place have been the enthusiasts of this really good express? It became out that they have been throughout me. I fast came upon a cadre of enthusiasts who have been keen about the express and, as legions of Whedonians can attest (or Whedonists ...

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