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The Gospel Reloaded: Exploring Spirituality and Faith in the Matrix

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The world has changed.

The Gospel Reloaded rushes headlong into The Matrix, exploring the trilogy's intricate details, religious undertones, and eclectic philosophies. These aren't movies you just "watch." They are postmodern epics, full of meaning and metaphor--deserving of serious inquiry and contemplation.

Get inside the collective minds of the Wachowski brothers. See how even the minute details--from Neo's...

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Overview

The world has changed.

The Gospel Reloaded rushes headlong into The Matrix, exploring the trilogy's intricate details, religious undertones, and eclectic philosophies. These aren't movies you just "watch." They are postmodern epics, full of meaning and metaphor--deserving of serious inquiry and contemplation.

Get inside the collective minds of the Wachowski brothers. See how even the minute details--from Neo's name to Thomas Anderson's room number--yield secrets to better understand the film.

The movies call us to seek and find. Read how the themes of The Matrix call you to your own spiritual revelation. Ask of your own life: what's real and what's a mirage? Then you'll discover just how deep this rabbit hole really goes.

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Pop a red pill and journey with the authors down the rabbit hole to the burgeoning world of Matrix spirituality. Ever since Neo first discovered his true identity in the now-famous 1999 sleeper hit, fans, critics and philosophers have gone over every celluloid inch of "The Matrix" to pick out its intellectual themes. And, like any pop culture phenomenon worth its salt, the film managed to be all things to all people, claimed by Christians as an allegory of resurrection and by Buddhists as a metaphor of awakening. Seay and Garrett are primarily concerned with the movie's Christian themes-Neo as the Christ; Morpheus as the John the Baptist figure who prepares the way; and Trinity as "the female face of God." (That's not the only thing that may cause more conservative Christians to put on Agent Smith faces; elsewhere, the authors very thoughtfully entertain the idea that the Matrix that is oppressing people in our own society may well be organized religion.) The authors are clearly diehard fans (Seay even named one of his children Trinity!), but the book is far more than an extended fan fawn; it is quite intelligent and substantive, as well as engagingly written. The final two chapters (not seen by PW) will discuss developments in the second installment in the Matrix trilogy. (June) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576834787
  • Publisher: NavPress Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.41 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2004

    Taking A Risk, But Definitely Worth It

    Chris Seay and Greg Garrett take a significant risk in seeking to draw parallels between evangelical Christianity and an R-rated, culturally significant movie, but their risk was worth it. While drawing criticisms from both within and from outside of Christian circles, the authors strived to redeem the worthy aspects of the Matrix. This choice to interact with contemporary culture proved a noble effort, garnering several media exposures from mainstream sources such as Publishers Weekly and USA Today. In the words of another review, 'The movies call us to seek and find--to ask of our own lives what's real and what's a mirage. They are modern epics, chock-full of meaning and metaphor.' The Gospel Reloaded does exactly that--pushes the edge, explores the 'truth' of the Wachowski brother's dialogue, and challenges even hardened critics to contemplate its questions. Overall, I would not recommend this book to younger Matrix fans, but definitely encourage it for the student or serious thinker seeking to make sense of the Matrix from a Christian perspective. It can also serve as an excellent conversational tool for sincere explorers on their own spiritual journey. The Gospel Reloaded will mess with your mind, just like the film, but leave you better off for the ride.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2003

    Read this book!

    If you are new to Christianity or are exploring spirituality I highly recommend this book to you. For Christians, Chris Seay has done a masterful job contextualizing the Gospel in a contemporary story, as he already did with his other books The Gospel According to Tony Soprano and the Tao of Enron. More Christians should take note of how Mr. Seay goes about this process of using culture as a vehicle of the Gospel. He certainly goes way beyond the Wachowski Brothers----I doubt they ever intended the Matrix trilogy to communicate the Gospel, but that¿s beside the point of what Seay is doing. He goes deep into the Matrix to help us see the Gospel in a fresh new way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2003

    I wish every one had to read this!

    Quite frankly, this is one of the best books I have read in a long time. Chris Seay has an amazing ability to help us engage with culture instead of rejecting it. Because of The Gospel Reloaded, I can not only enjoy The Matrix films, but I have been tremendously encouraged / challenged in my own faith as well as used the Matrix films to discuss faith with my unbelieving friends. If you are a fan of the Matrix films, or if you want see just how deep the rabbit hole goes, this is a must read! P.S. I highly reccommend Chris Seay's other writings on Enron and The Soprano's. They are excellent as well!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2003

    The Spiritual Side of the Matrix

    Chris Seay and Greg Garrett have done an excellent job of looking at the spirtual side of The Matrix and have taken us with them down the rabbit hole. This is a great book for anyone who thinks movie-going can be more than just a mind-numbing experience, but desire to interact with film as a reflection of the culture as a whole and, in this case, some of society's deepest spirutal needs. I say, get the book, read the book and then watch the movies again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2003

    exploring spirituality...and more

    The authors do a great job in exploring all of the influence that the Wachowskis brought to the Matrix films...gnostic spirituality, Buddist Philosophy, Greek philosophy, anime films, comic books. And in the end, they bring in the Christian ideas as well, and not just the usual 'Neo as Christ' lines. If you want to dig deeper into the Matrix films, this is a great place to start!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2003

    Kung-Fu Theology, baby

    This book rips. It is a sweet thing to see authors who are able to see the spirituality in the art of film. They do a tremendous job at interpreting not only the larger picture about the Matrix films, but also the more specific takes on spirituality and how it applies to life. It's an easy read, but also very provacative. If you like the movies or if you are trying to discern spiritual matters in your life, read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2003

    Bravo

    The new book by Chris Seay and Greg Garrett titled The Gospel Reloaded is a winner. At first I was skeptical of a book about spirituality in the Matrix films. I was expecting the usual comparisons of Neo to Jesus Christ that I had read on countless web sites. Thankfully there is no bible thumping in this book. Instead Seay & Garrett (both enthusiastic fans of both films) discuss the different religious symbols & metaphors in the film as well as tackle what philosophically & culturally influenced the film. The authors write at length about other religion's influence the films such as Buddhism, Gnosticism, and Judaism in addition to Christianity. They also reference Joseph Campbell¿s The Power of the Myth and how closely Andy and Larry Wachowski story adopts that narrative. In addition, Seay and Garrett refer to Greek authors Homer & Plato and their stories of The Odyssey and The Cave as additional reference to the story of the Matrix. While discussing the religious & philosophical influences on the film, the authors recognize the cinematic influence on the Matrix comes from the Star Wars saga, Kung Fu cinema, Japan¿s Anime movies, and John Woo¿s films. The writers are also brave to tackle a very serious issue in our culture today: organized religion. In many ways they argue how today¿s organized religion can mirror The Matrix, always trying to control the way we think & feel while keeping us blind, while we seek to awake to freedom in a different & free world. Bravo, to those two for their hard work bringing all these elements into the book The Gospel Reloaded.

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