Since this is a blog about religion in popular culture, I though I would share the syllabus for my course on the same topic that I will teach this Spring here at New College of Florida. We will watch, among other things, The Walking Dead, Lost, True Detective (Season 1), Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, The Hobbit, The […]Read more "Teaching Religion in Popular Culture: My Syllabus for Spring 2017"
The OA: Stranger than Stranger Things Netflix released over the holidays, almost without any warning or publicity, the new series The OA. This new show, created by Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij, who previously have collaborated in the movies The Sound of My Voice and The East, is a mystery sci-fi drama about Near Death […]Read more "Netflix’s The OA: Embodying the sacred and the metaphysical power of movement"
HBO recently aired the finale of the first season of Westworld, answering many of its most important questions and mysteries (Who is the Man in Black? What is the Maze? Who is Wyatt? Were there multiple timelines? Are there other parks?). There are many blogs, sites, and podcasts devoted to the show in which you […]Read more "Buddhism, Nietzsche, Jung, Christianity, and Plato: Religious and Philosophical Themes in Westworld"
I just watched the season finale of Westworld and the episode really had some interesting twists and turns. I’ll try not to spoil anything major (so if you haven’t watched it maybe do not read this post), but here are a few thoughts about some of the religious/philosophical themes that became clear in the finale. […]Read more "A Few Quick Thoughts on the various religious/philosophical themes in the Westworld Finale"
Remaking the West (World) Can robots think and feel just as humans do? What makes us human? An what does it mean to be human? These are some of the main questions posed by HBO’s new, high concept series, Westworld. Produced by Jonathan Nolan (brother and collaborator of Christopher Nolan), Lisa Joy (writer for Pushing […]Read more "Westworld: Robots, Ethics, and What it Means to be Human"
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest, and being entertained to death Last February marked the twentieth anniversary of the publication of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, considered by many critics one of the most significant American novels of the 20th century (it is also probably one of the least read, up there with Moby Dick!). One of […]Read more "Remembering Foster Wallace While Reconsidering his Indictment of Popular Culture"
Since in this blog I have been discussing some of the TV Shows in which religion or religious issues play a big role, I decided to create a list of some of the most interesting shows right now on network TV, cable, and streaming services that deal with this topic. The list is not exhaustive, and […]Read more "Religion on TV: A List"