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It is a selection of new essays at the spiritual subject matters in, and the results of, the works of Joss Whedon, writer of such indicates as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly, and extra lately author and director of the box-office hit Marvel's The Avengers. The booklet addresses such issues as ethics, racism, feminism, politics, witchcraft, religious transformation, id, neighborhood, heroism, apocalypse, and different theologically major issues of Whedon's inventive companies. The disciplinary methods fluctuate in addition; heritage, theology, philosophy of faith, phenom­enology, cultural reviews, and non secular stories are all hired. a number of the essay authors vary in that a few are essentially believers in God, a few are sincerely now not, and others go away that topic apart.

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For a good overview of the development and controversy surrounding this doctrine, see J. A. MacCulloch, The Harrowing of Hell: A Comparative Study of an Early Christian Doctrine (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1930). 38 Joss Whedon and Religion 6. org/archdiocese/departments/outreach/greatlent/resurrectionhandout. 7. Ibid. 8. Ibid. 9. ” every time the priest reads each phrase. 10. jpg. 11. As Alyssa Lyra Pitstick explains, “Christ’s clothing, activity, and mandorla in this icon are in unmistakable contrast to the naked, limp, and apparently merely human Christ in icons of the crucifixion.

18. While beyond the scope of this essay, the struggles that Illyria (Amy Acker) faces (the demon that Fred transforms into) would make an interesting topic of study in terms of conversion narratives within the Buffyverse. Anya (Emma Caulfield) represents another potential topic of study as she converts from vengeance demon to human to vengeance demon to human. Anya in particular stands in counterpoint to vampires, as she is initiated into the world of humans by experiencing hardships such as the death of a loved one and heartbreak in a relationship.

See Elisabeth Behr-Sigel, “Woman Too is in The Image of God,” Mid-Stream 21, no 3 ( July 1982), 369–375. 14. Indeed, one of Whedon’s common tropes is to have words of truth come from the mouth of the villain, often at the chagrin of the protagonists. 15. Fruitful research could be done reading Lily’s identity arc as parallel to that of the disciples in the New Testament. For the disciples, too, begin in ignorance (1 Peter 1:14), even worshipping demons; then encounter Jesus and recognize him as savior (Matthew 16:15–16); are saved by Christ from death and hell (Romans 8:2); and finally are given a new name and identity in Christ, sent into the world to love and save others ( John 1:40–42; Matthew 28:18–20).

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