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How to Survive the Apocalypse: Zombies, Cylons, Faith, and Politics at the End of the World

How to Survive the Apocalypse: Zombies, Cylons, Faith, and Politics at the End of the World

by Robert Joustra, Alissa Wilkinson

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Incisive insights into contemporary pop culture and its apocalyptic bent

The world is going to hell. So begins this book, pointing to the prevalence of apocalypse -- cataclysmic destruction and nightmarish end-of-the-world scenarios -- in contemporary entertainment.

In How to Survive the Apocalypse Robert Joustra and Alissa Wilkinson examine a number of popular stories -- from the Cylons in Battlestar Galactica to the purging of innocence in Game of Thrones to the hordes of zombies in The Walking Dead -- and argue that such apocalyptic stories reveal a lot about us here and now, about how we conceive of our life together, including some of our deepest tensions and anxieties.

Besides analyzing the dsytopian shift in popular culture, Joustra and Wilkinson also suggest how Christians can live faithfully and with integrity in such a cultural context.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802872715
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 05/07/2016
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Robert Joustra is director of the Centre for Christian Scholarship and assistant professor of international studies at Redeemer University College, Ancaster, Ontario.

Alissa Wilkinson is assistant professor of English and humanities at The King’s College, New York City, and chief film critic at Christianity Today.

Table of Contents

Foreword Andy Crouch vi

1 The World Is Going to Hell 1

2 A Short History of the Secular Age 10

3 A Short History of the Apocalypse 34

4 Keep Calm and Fight the Cylons: New Ways to Be Human 62

5 Remember My Name: Antiheroes and Inescapable Horizons 77

6 A Lonely Man, His Computer, and the Politics of Recognition 97

7 Winter Is Coming: The Slide to Subjectivism 119

8 How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse 136

9 The Scandal of Subtler Languages 151

10 May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor: Learning to Love Faithful Institutions 162

11 On Babylon's Side 179

Acknowledgments 197

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