Religion And Its Monsters

Religion And Its Monsters

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by Timothy K. Beal
     
 

Religion's great and powerful mystery fascinates us, but it also terrifies. So too the monsters that haunt the stories of the Judeo-Christian mythos and earlier traditions: Leviathan, Behemoth, dragons, and other beasts. In this unusual and provocative book, Timothy K. Beal writes about the monsters that lurk in our religious texts, and about how monsters and

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Religion's great and powerful mystery fascinates us, but it also terrifies. So too the monsters that haunt the stories of the Judeo-Christian mythos and earlier traditions: Leviathan, Behemoth, dragons, and other beasts. In this unusual and provocative book, Timothy K. Beal writes about the monsters that lurk in our religious texts, and about how monsters and religion are deeply entwined. Horror and faith are inextricable. Ans as monsters are part of religious texts and traditions, so religion lurks in the modern horror genre, from its birth in Dante's Inferno to the contemporary spookiness of H.P. Lovecraft and the Hellraiser films. Religion and Its Monsters is essential reading for students of religion and popular culture, as well as any readers with an interest in horror.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415925884
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/06/2001
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
494,553
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Pt. 1Religion and Its Monsters
1Chaos Gods13
2The Bible and Horror23
3The Sleep of Wisdom35
4From the Whirlwind47
5Dinner and a Show57
6To the Devil71
Pt. 2Monsters and Their Religion
7New Monsters in Old Skins89
8Other Gods103
9The Blood Is the Life123
10Screening Monsters141
11Ecomonster159
12Our Monsters, Ourselves173
Conclusion193
Notes197
Index229

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