- Series: Cascade Companions
- Paperback: 124 pages
- Publisher: Cascade Books; Reprint edition (September 22, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1498204511
- ISBN-13: 978-1498204514
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.7 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: #2,388,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Theology and Science Fiction (Cascade Companions) Reprint Edition
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About the Author
James F. McGrath is Clarence L. Goodwin Chair in New Testament Language and Literature at Butler University in Indianapolis. He is the author of the science fiction short story "Biblical Literalism in the New Jerusalem" (2016), the editor of Religion and Science Fiction (2011), and the coeditor of Religion and Doctor Who: Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith (2013).
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How will we treat those extraterrestrials if they offer to share their own religious beliefs with us? Will we treat them as brethren of the universe, or as gods? This is a great thought provoking book from author professor, James F. McGrath. He doesn’t spend time parsing science-fiction films or stories, so these aren’t movie reviews he writes about. Read this book and understand how theology is expressed through science-fiction stories and how science-fiction contributes to our spiritual curiosity. You may discover like I have, your love of all things imagined in science-fiction and theology can be seen in a fresh, uncluttered perspective. A terrific companion to Dr. McGrath’s other works in religion and science-fiction studies!
McGrath ably utilizes key source material while avoiding the pitfall of assuming readers of the book will be familiar with the entire field of science fiction. Rather than a survey of the who’s who in science fiction, then, the book serves as a kind of primer on how to reflect theologically upon science fiction, as well as how to perhaps integrate the two in meaningful, forward-moving ways.
The book is therefore full of broad points that trace themes such as “robots as gods” or “aliens as saviors,” reminiscent of the excellent Scientific Mythologies. The key with McGrath’s book, however, is a less negative assessment of science fiction overall. Yes, he acknowledges that often science fiction can be written against theology, but also draws out key areas in which the two overlap and even where theology can be written as science fiction and vice versa. These make for great ways to reflect on one’s own reading and writing in these areas and open avenues for research.
Gnosticism, Daoism, and many other views of the world are surveyed alongside science fiction as McGrath ably shows the wideness of the field.
Overall, Theology and Science Fiction is a worthy, exciting read. It would serve equally well as a textbook for a kind of cultural-integration theology course or as reading for those interested in either science fiction or theology (and certainly both). It comes highly recommended.
+Avoids potential pitfalls of being too negative or too positive
+Surveys wide range of views and possibilities
+Provides fruitful discussion points that may lead readers to more exploration
-A tad short
-Perhaps too few examples
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the publisher. I was not obligated to provide any specific kind of feedback whatsoever.