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God in the Machine: Video Games as Spiritual Pursuit

3.24  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  7 reviews
If he were alive today, what might Heidegger say about Halo, the popular video game franchise? What would Augustine think about Assassin’s Creed ? What could Maimonides teach us about Nintendo’s eponymous hero, Mario? While some critics might dismiss such inquiries outright, protesting that these great thinkers would never concern themselves with a medium so crude and mind ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published March 10th 2014 by Templeton Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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Emma Sea
okay, this was fucking amazing. It'll take me a while to get around to a review, but it is one of those books that really makes you see the world in a whole new way.

Also, I just want to say, in one chapter Leibovitz succinctly and beautifully explains Heidegger's Dasein, in a way that will let me once and for all put to rest my traumatic recollections of the asshole known as Dr. Dickhead spending Wednesday afternoons reading Being and Time out loud, in a monotone, and expecting that this would a
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Megalion
It's not what I expected. But that is my fault. Re-reading the synopsis, no wonder he didn't really draw much connection to religion. That wasn't the goal of the book.

By spiritual, Liel means philosophical. And what was philosophy but an attempt to understand the human condition and all other things ethereal?

I'm conflicted on how to rate the book. He spends a GREAT deal of time breaking down actual game play, often in university level language. It's been many years and I experienced some glazi
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Michael Philliber
Apr 11, 2014 rated it liked it
To enter the matrix of video games is to enter an Augustinian world? So concludes Liel Leibovitz, senior writer for "Tablet Magazine" and visiting assistant professor focusing primarily on video game and interactive media research and theory at NYU-Steinhardt, in his recent work "God in the Machine: Video Games as Spiritual Pursuit." This short, 144 page hardback will intrigue gamers and religious alike. Though written more on an academic level, well educated readers will be able to fathom much ...more
Josh Lozano
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
There are some decent nuggets in here. Unfortunately, they are all on the last 2 or 3 pages of each chapter, and the author spends the majority of each chapter (roughly 30 pages) on things that dont feel significant.
Andrew Fallows
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Underwhelming -- some cool concepts but kind of weakly expressed. Early discussion of what games are presents an either/or dichotomy when the reality is more of a both/and.

Worth a read for someone who is new to gaming and theology; might not add much for someone well versed in either, certainly not for someone who knows both.
Matthew Krankall
Video games and the religious void

Video games and the religious void

Little old church ladies and teenage video gamers have one thing in common: They find each other incomprehensible. In this short reflective book, Liel Leibovitz tries to show they actually have more in common then they think.

Leibotvitz uses thoughts from game designers, philosophers, and religious thinkers to show that gaming is a hobby that touches the religious nature of a person.

I personally believe that each person, no matt
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Amanda Pine
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting discussion relating video games and faith. It was an easy read, but lack significant conclusion
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Liel Leibovitz is a senior writer for Tablet magazine and teaches at New York University. He is the coauthor of Fortunate Sons, Lili Marlene, and The Chosen Peoples. He lives in New York City.