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The Theology of Battlestar Galactica: American Christianity in the 2004-2009 Television Series

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Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr., is a professional actor and director whose previous books have covered topics ranging from Star Wars to Renaissance faires. He is associate professor of theater at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.
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  • Paperback: 219 pages
  • Publisher: Mcfarland (April 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786465506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786465507
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,724,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kevin Wetmore is a professor of Theatre Arts, an actor, director stage combat choreographer and award-winning author. He writes a good deal about popular culture, horror, science fiction, and their relationships to the larger social context.
He is a proud member of the Horror Writers Association and an author of numerous short stories as well.
A Connecticut Yankee now living in Los Angeles with stops on the way in the U.K. and Pittsburgh, Kevin also writes extensively on the film and theatre of Japan and Africa. He has also written about Star Wars, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Shakespeare, Kabuki, zombie movies, and post-9/11 horror. He has more degrees than a thermometer, but hasn't let it go to his head. He hopes you enjoy his work, learn from the non-fiction and delight in the fiction.

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As a fan of Battlestar Galactica, I already knew that the show deals with complex social and political issues. BSG obviously also deals with issues of religion in faith. However, I hadn't realized how sophisticated its treatment of religion really is until Kevin J. Westmore's analysis of theology in BSG.

Westmore begins with three chapters describing the different belief systems in BSG, including the Colonial polytheism, the Cylon monotheism, and Baltar's cult. He picks out subtle points about religious practice in each community, especially in how Colonial polytheism tends to be communal and Cylon monotheism is individualistic. These three chapters did a great job framing religion in the series and are probably worth the (Kindle) price of the book alone.

Westmore then looks at theological themes in the series, from salvation to prophets. Again, Westmore's analysis helped transform my understanding of the show. He compares events and characters in BSG to biblical stories, showing some fascinating similarities. He explains that theologians' understanding of divine intervention into mundane life often relies upon a "divine plan" in which humanity is subject to disaster to test the faithful.

Westmore assumes fairly intimate knowledge of BSG, but relatively little about religion, so the book is very accessible to those of use who haven't read the Bible. Moreover, while the book focuses on Christianity, as a non-Christian, I appreciated that Westmore is never hostile towards other religions and is respectful of atheists. Indeed, he argues that BSG succeeds so well on theological grounds because it depicts a wide variety of believers and types, from the mystic Cylons to the non-believing Adama.
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A great companion to both the episode guide and the science of BSG... :)... I'm very glad I bought it (KINDLE version)...
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