The depiction of the Cyclops in Homer’s Odyssey differs markedly from re-workings in modern graphic novels, in part reflecting the difference in mediums between the literary/oral and the image. In some cases, the graphic novel effectively matches modern attitudes about overcoming particular temporal boundaries, while in other cases, the graphic novel lacks the ability to mirror the modern emphasis on the inner self.
In a world of suffering, sometimes the answer doesn’t come when asking “why?” What would it mean if we responded to loss with creation – by creating art in response to destruction?
This past March, Leicester (UK) played host to an unprecedented “heritage ceremony,” where the mortal remains of King Richard III were laid to rest in Leicester Cathedral following his death in 1485. Yet, in all of the excitement surrounding the discovery and burial of the king, did the need to create an “occasion” outstrip the significance of burying a person on holy ground?
Chinmoku lived in the ancient kingdom of Itokoku in Kyushu, Japan. Now, he’s traveled to the present day and his city has changed. Will he find his way home?
One Friday afternoon, I was sitting at a red light almost home for the weekend when my car was totaled in a rear-end accident. Since then, I’ve been working to heal not just my body, but my spirit as well.
Elvis impersonators are a common sight at fancy dress parties and other gatherings, but how should we think about this kind of secular adoration? Are there any religious dimensions to celebrity idolization?
The lives of a small waterfront town are disrupted when a mysterious fog creeps down from the mountains (part 6/6).
What’s the difference between a book club, a church book club, and a Bible study group? The answer doesn’t lie in the books, the people, or the discussion, but in the results.
Recent state laws that ban conversion therapy only target mental health professionals. But what about ex-gay ministries protected by the First Amendment?
The White Walkers and wights in Game of Thrones critically remix Haitian zombie lore as they push the inhabitants of Westeros to build a better world.
iZombie’s portrayal of the religious cult and its subsequent abandonment demonstrates a facet of identity politics rather than a real consideration of belief.
Since the Summer of Love fifty years ago, there has been a massive increase in the number of bands oriented toward encouraging altered states of consciousness in their listeners. Those bands are part of a resurgence of ancient and prehistoric religious experience, and they warrant careful attention to their helpful and harmful potential.
Loosely based on biblical narratives and packed with plenty of action, are the plots of Noah and Exodus: Gods and Kings more escapist, superhero fare than anything else?