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The Resource Entertaining judgment : the afterlife in popular imagination, Greg Garrett

Entertaining judgment : the afterlife in popular imagination, Greg Garrett

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Entertaining judgment : the afterlife in popular imagination
Title
Entertaining judgment
Title remainder
the afterlife in popular imagination
Statement of responsibility
Greg Garrett
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Nowadays references to the afterlife--angels strumming harps, demons brandishing pitchforks, God enthroned on heavenly clouds--are more often encountered in New Yorker cartoons than in serious Christian theological reflection. Speculation about death and its sequel seems to embarrass many theologians; however, as Greg Garrett shows in Entertaining Judgment, popular culture in the U.S. has found rich ground for creative expression in the search for answers to the question: What lies in store for us after we die? The lyrics of Madonna, Los Lonely Boys, and Sean Combs; the plotlines of TV's Lost, South Park, and The Walking Dead; the implied theology in films such as The Dark Knight, Ghost, and Field of Dreams; the heavenly half-light of Thomas Kinkade's popular paintings; the ghosts, shades, and after-life way-stations in Harry Potter; and the characters, situations, and locations in the Hunger Games saga all speak to our hopes and fears about what comes next. In a rich survey of literature and popular media, Garrett compares cultural accounts of death and the afterlife with those found in scripture. Denizens of the imagined afterlife, whether in heaven, hell, on earth, or in purgatory, speak to what awaits us, at once shaping and reflecting our deeply held--if often somewhat nebulous--beliefs. They show us what rewards and punishments we might expect, offer us divine assistance, and even diabolically attack us. Ultimately, we are drawn to these stories of heaven, hell, and purgatory--and to stories about death and the undead--not only because they entertain us, but because they help us to create meaning and to learn about ourselves, our world, and, perhaps, the next world. Garrett's deft analysis sheds new light on what popular culture can tell us about the startlingly sharp divide between what modern people profess to believe and what they truly hope and expect to find after death and how they use those stories to help them understand this life. -- Publisher
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DLC
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Garrett, Greg
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BL65.C8
LC item number
G38 2015
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Popular culture
  • Future life
  • Popular culture
  • Popular culture
Label
Entertaining judgment : the afterlife in popular imagination, Greg Garrett
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-221) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Entertaining judgment : how we understand the afterlife -- In between : death and the undead -- Denizens of the afterlife : angels, demons, and the devil -- Heaven : the pearly gates -- Hell : the fiery inferno -- Purgatory : working out our salvation -- Conclusion: The dead and the living -- Appendix: Literary and cultural works consulted
Control code
ocn878299417
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
245 pages
Isbn
9780199335909
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014011227
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)878299417
Label
Entertaining judgment : the afterlife in popular imagination, Greg Garrett
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-221) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Entertaining judgment : how we understand the afterlife -- In between : death and the undead -- Denizens of the afterlife : angels, demons, and the devil -- Heaven : the pearly gates -- Hell : the fiery inferno -- Purgatory : working out our salvation -- Conclusion: The dead and the living -- Appendix: Literary and cultural works consulted
Control code
ocn878299417
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
245 pages
Isbn
9780199335909
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014011227
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)878299417

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