Godly Heretics

Godly Heretics
Essays on Alternative Christianity in Literature and Popular Culture
Autor: Marc DiPaolo

Sinopse – Godly Heretics – Essays on Alternative Christianity in Literature and Popular Culture – Marc DiPaolo

When computers freeze, they are "rebooted" and soon working properly again. Similarly, legendary thinkers throughout history have argued that Christianity should start fresh by recapturing the humanitarian spirit of Jesus’ original message. These include such disparate individuals as Thomas Jefferson, Oscar Wilde, Charles Dickens, Walt Whitman, Friedrich Nietzsche, Leo Tolstoy, George Bernard Shaw, and the religious leaders of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Surprisingly enough, even classic television shows and films meant to be entertaining–Lost, Battlestar Galactica, It’s a Wonderful Life, Groundhog Day, Decalogue, and A Charlie Brown Christmas–are attempts to apply the basic principles of Christianity to modern times.
This book offers new essays by scholars of literature, film, history, theology and philosophy examining how various thinkers and storytellers over time have conceived of a reinvented Christianity. In confronting this controversial idea, this book examines how unorthodox interpretations of the Bible can be some of the most valid, how visions of Jesus as a revolutionary may be the most historically sound, and how compassionate Christians such as Origen have wrestled with the eternal questions of the existence of evil, the gift of free will and the promise of universal salvation.
About the Author Marc DiPaolo is an assistant professor of English and Film at Oklahoma City University. He is a frequent contributor to books and journals, the author of a book about screen adaptations of Jane Austen’s Emma, and serves on the editorial board of The Journal of Popular Culture.

Godly Heretics – Essays on Alternative Christianity in Literature and Popular Culture – Marc DiPaolo

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