Articles tagged atheism, agnosticism, religion, history

Machine Gods: Religion in Games

Religion occasionally gets some lip service when games attempt to flesh out a world, but the deeper issues that guide people to their faith -- the quest for meaning in the universe -- is rarely explored in games. Game worlds operate in systems of miracles, but churches, heroes, and gods within them are treated in a purely utilitarian manner.

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Is ‘The Simpsons’ TV’s Most Sacred Show?

The Simpsons has always taken topical roads less traveled and nowhere is this more apparent than in its regular engagement of personal, institutional, and social issues surrounding religion.

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Why ‘Game of Thrones’ Matters

George R.R. Martin's series looks and feels like a historical drama, except the audience doesn't know how the story will turn out. Martin's 'fantasy' is preoccupied with power -- its relations, differentials and dynamics -- because he's interested in the way 'history' is really made.

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‘Pray the Gay Away’: On Being Beaten with the Bible Belt

A mother attempting to stab her own daughter, an exorcism, a school suspending a student -- author Bernadette Barton describes growing up in the religious South.

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Hurricane Sandy: The Perfect Storm in Every Way

Hurricane Sandy was not just a freak natural occurrence -- it became the 'perfect storm' for cultural events such as conspiracy theories, religious intolerance, scientific accountability, and the sharing of (mis)information through social media.

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Exceptional Claims: Principle, Personality and Christopher Hitchens

The late Christopher Hitchens helped define the character and popular perception of Atheism for this generation. But for the self-styled contrarian, where did principle end and personality begin?

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‘Masters of Doom’ A Great Man History of Gaming

In recounting the rise of John Carmack and John Romero, Masters of Doom chronicles two of video games' most influential creators and documents pivotal years in the medium's history.

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‘The Origins of Political Order’ Is Delightfully Bipartisan and Sure to Raise Eyebrows

The esteemed political scientist's latest book provides a thought-provoking look at the political history of past civilizations, and is sure to offer plenty of fodder for conversations about the present.

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29 Sep 2011 // 9:00 PM

Thrice: Major/Minor

Inevitably, many Thrice diehards have openly craved a return to the band's rougher roots. Basically, cutting the bullshit and getting back to basics.

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OMG, You Wrote Your Own Bible? ‘The Good Book: A Humanist Bible’ by A. C. Grayling

Like the 'real' Bible, The Good Book is an eclectic and contradictory mix, containing much that really is very good, but also some that’s bad and ugly, and quite a lot that’s unbearably dull.

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Telling Hamlet What to Do: Video Games, Art, and Cultural Hierarchies

Games have not stumbled upon a new way of creating and interacting with art, they have rediscovered an older system.

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Believers Keep on Believin’: Vera Farmiga Envisions a Higher Ground

Oscar-nominated actress Vera Farmiga rips a page from the Ida Lupino playbook and directs herself to a funny, moving performance in one of the year's most surprising -- and unmissable -- debut features. Farmiga and co-star Dagmara Domincyzk talk with PopMatters about the experience...

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Youth in the Age of ‘Mortal Kombat’

Musings on Mortal Kombat's cultural significance from a biased observer. As absurd as it might sound, Mortal Kombat was a formative experience for me, both in terms of my relationship to video games and my broader cultural and political identities.

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Finding ‘Eden’: Can Games be Spiritual Experiences?

Child of Eden's gameplay is very much in the nature of religious ritual, as much as a passion play or holy communion.

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‘The Quotable Hitchens’ Gives Us the Best of Hitchens, Arranged in a Convenient Dictionary Format

Love him or hate him, Christopher Hitchens nearly always has something interesting to say. The Quotable Hitchens presents some of his pithiest remarks, arranged alphabetically by topic.

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Gazing upon the Bitch-goddess of Quantification: ‘The Information’

We are drowning in a sea of information. Shall we stop to count the waves, or try to make sense of it all? The first of these two is the way of information theory.

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‘Revolutionary Deists’: Fanatics for a Reason

The story of deism proves that America has never been, in an absolute sense, a Christian nation.

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13 Apr 2011 // 10:30 AM

Civil War film ‘Conspirator’ aims at truth

NEW YORK — On April 12, 1861, Confederate forces fired on Union troops stationed in Fort Sumter, S.C. The barrage marked the opening shots of the Civil

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The Ol’ Rebel Heart of ‘The Communist Manifesto’ Beats On

The best-known classic of radical activism is as alive and fearless as ever.

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‘The Secret Lives of Buildings’ & the Oft Egotistical & Obsessive People Behind Them

Edward Hollis is a stylistic illusionist, adopting a variety of voices and storytelling modes as he weaves his tales of dreams, ambitions, follies, and ruins.

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Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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