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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful Reflections for Zelda Fans, December 31, 2011
This review is from: The Legend of Zelda and Theology (Paperback)
Contrary to the previous review, this book makes no attempt to force theology into a Zelda shaped box. The editor makes this clear in the introduction, where he writes: "Please understand...that none of us claim to have found the intended meaning behind the Zelda mythology's symbolism when we relate it to Christianity. A very astute theological thinker and friend warned me of the error of superimposing Christian beliefs onto games that very well may have been made without Christian beliefs in mind. Let me assure you, we intend no superimposing."
This is not a book written for academics,though some of the authors are accomplished writers. Rather, it is written for Zelda fans who may sense that even pop culture products like video games may illumine profound philosophical and theological truths, whether intentionally or not. Some of these essays are highly creative as well as insightful. See for instance Philip Tallon's piece "The Birth of Gaming from the Spirit of Fantasy: Video Games as Secondary Worlds with Special Reference to the Legend of Zelda and J.R.R. Tolkien." Zelda fans, whether Christians or not, will find much much insight worth pondering in this volume.
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