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Stevenson, Gregory, ed. Theology and the Marvel Universe. Theology and Pop Culture. Lanham [etc.]: Lexington, 2020. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-1-9787-0615-6
BibTeX citation key: Stevenson2020
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Categories: General
Keywords: Collection of essays, Marvel, Religion, Superhero, USA
Creators: Stevenson
Publisher: Lexington (Lanham [etc.])
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In Theology and the Marvel Universe, fourteen contributors examine theological themes and ideas in the comic books, television shows, and films that make up the grand narrative of the Marvel Universe. Engaging in dialogue with theological thinkers such as Willie James Jennings, Franz Rosenzweig, Søren Kierkegaard, René Girard, Kelly Brown Douglas, and many others, the chapters explore a wide variety of topics, including violence, sacrifice, colonialism, Israeli-Palestinian relations, virtue ethics, character formation, identity formation, and mythic reinvention. This book demonstrates that the stories of Thor, Daredevil, Sabra, Spider-Man, Jessica Jones, Thanos, Luke Cage, and others engage not just our imagination, but our theological imagination as well.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ()

Gregory Stevenson: Introduction: The Sacred and the Superhero ()

1. Kristen Leigh Mitchell: What Did It Cost? Sacrifice and Kenosis in The Infinity Saga ()
2. Taylor J. Ott: “I Was Never the Hero that You Wanted Me to Be”: The Ethics of Self-Sacrifice and Self-Preservation in Jessica Jones ()
3. Matthew Brake: Mythology, Mimesis, and Apocalypse in Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers ()
4. Dan W. Clanton, Jr.: “Because You Exist”: Biblical Literature and Violence in the X-Men Comic Books ()
5. Tim Posada: The Gospel According to Thanos: Violence, Utopia, and the Case for a Material Theology ()
6. Levi Morrow: “Those Are the Ancestors You Hear”: Marvel’s Luke Cage and Franz Rosenzweig’s Theology of the Creation ()
7. Gregory Stevenson: Spider-Man and the Theology of Weakness ()
8. Jeremy E. Scarbrough: Of Venom & Virtue: Venom as Insight into Issues of Identity, the Human Condition, and Virtue ()
9. Daniel D. Clark: Matt Murdock’s Ill-fitting Catholic Faith in Netflix’s Daredevil ()
10. Austin M. Freeman: Gods upon Gods: Hierarchies of Divinity in the Marvel Universe ()
11. Andrew Tobolowsky: The Thor Movies and the “Available” Myth: Mythic Reinvention in Marvel Movies ()
12. Kevin Nye: Thor: Ragnarok, Postcolonial Theology, and Life Together ()
13. Amanda Furiasse: Savage Monster or Grieving Mother? Sabra and Marvel’s Political Theology of Reconciliation in Israel-Palestine ()
14. Andrew D. Thrasher: Modern Re-enchantment and Dr. Strange: Pentecostal Analogies, the Spirit of the Multiverse, and the Play on Time and Eternity ()

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