Highly recommended. Here we learn that science fiction is more than bug-eyed aliens and saucers and that it often reveals our quest for the sacred.
--John W. Morehead, editor, theofantastique.com
From the "millennial dreams" and "apocalyptic nightmares" of alien contact to the Buddhist visions of Neo s matrix, Doug Cowan weaves a grand adventure for fans and students of religion and science fiction. If the hope for transcendence is the universal human religious question, as Cowan ably presents, then science fiction film and television are the blank screens most qualified in our media-rich culture to propel us on that journey.
--Conrad Ostwalt, Professor of Religious Studies, Appalachian State University
Cowan convincingly demonstrates that modern science-fiction films and television shows have made religious questions and answers central to the issues they raise about human identity, values, and purpose. By emphasizing the diversity of religious ideas present in these media, Cowan shows how they are as multivariant as the nature of religion itself. In so doing, he sheds light not only on what religion is, but also on what it might be. --John Lyden, Professor and Chair of Religion, Dana College, and author of Film as Religion: Myths, Morals, and Rituals
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