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Sacred Space: The Quest for Transcendence in Science Fiction Film and Television

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As humans, it is our trust in something larger than ourselves that invests our lives with meaning and value. We hope that outside the boundaries of everyday living there lies something greater. As Doug Cowan argues, science fiction is "the" genre of possibility and hope, a principal canvas on which writers, artists, and filmmakers have sketched their visions of this transc ...more
Paperback, 314 pages
Published August 15th 2010 by Baylor University Press
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Jan 18, 2013 Teresa rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: geeks, nerds, seekers
If you are skeptical of religion (as I would assume most fans of science fiction are) the premise of this book is probably off-putting. However, this book is about much more than identifying Christ-figures in episodes of Star Trek or what have you. Douglas Cowan is a sociologist of religion rather than a theologian and his academic specialty functions as a lens for magnifying a variety of impressive insights. Cowan identifies transcendence as the primary function of religions: the profane become ...more
Aug 17, 2012 Hank rated it really liked it
I picked the up with two goals in mind: first, to build a media criticism library and second to do some research for a writing project I was working on.

I must admit to some confusion (although I should have known better). I expected the author to be a little more supportive of the Christian faith than I perceived him to be, especially since the book was published by Baylor University Press. Cowan's presentation should not have surprised me, as he is writing from a anthropology/sociology academic
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Feb 19, 2011 Katharine Engan rated it liked it
Although this book was rather dry, and reads like a textbook, I found it rather interesting.

Some of it was the author chastising others for pointlessly reading their own viewpoints into science-fiction movies or TV for no purpose. He also proposed that many people dismiss the science-fiction genre (especially when aliens with different viewpoints are involved) because their beliefs do not line up with beliefs expressed in parts of the genre. Most of the discussion concerned transcendence though.
Aug 02, 2011 Erika rated it really liked it
Not what I expected from reading the blurb on the back, but an interesting look at science fiction (especially television) and its interesection with religion/spirituality.
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Nov 27, 2012 Douglas Gorney rated it really liked it
My interview with author Douglas Cowan in The Atlantic:
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