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The End of Desire (Book chapter)

Book title: Science-Fiction Movies and Religion

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Book Series: Journal for Religion, Film and Media ISSN: 2414-0201 ISBN: 9783741001031 Year: Volume: 6/1 Pages: 37-52 DOI: 10.25364/05.06:2020.1.2 Language: english
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This article explores the soteriological significance of desire in Сталкер (STALKER, Andrei Tarkovsky, RU 1979). At the heart of the film, deep within a paranormal and psychosomatic frontier called the Zone, is a space which signifies the end of all desire: the Room, a preternatural place of mystical power which is said to grant one’s innermost wishes. The Zone and the Room become soteriological motifs. Tarkovsky’s characters travel there motivated by a yearning for healing; a hope for salvation. This article explores this soteriological journey through the interplay of desire, hope, and belief, for this triad is the key conceptual scheme at work in the film. By analysing the film with a focus on this framework, several theological and soteriological concepts emerge which can be fruitfully explored. Above all, by focusing on the significance of this triad, a crucial aspect of Tarkovsky’s religious thought comes to light: his understanding of the relationship between desire and love.

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Film Review FIRST REFORMED (Paul Schrader, US 2017) (Book chapter)

Book title: Understanding Jesus in the Early Modern Period and Beyond. Across Text and Other Media

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Book Series: Journal for Religion, Film and Media ISSN: 2414-0201 ISBN: 9783741000898 Year: Volume: 5/1 Pages: 139-143 DOI: 10.25364/05.4:2019.1.1 Language: english
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Science-Fiction Movies and Religion

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Book Series: Journal for Religion, Film and Media ISSN: 2414-0201 ISBN: 9783741001031 Year: Volume: 6/1 Pages: 181 DOI: 10.25364/05.06:2020.1.2 Language: english
Publisher: Schüren Verlag
Subject: Visual Arts --- Religion
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In science fiction films, we explore remote universes and use yet unknown technologies – the world as we know it is left behind. But although the technical devices in these films are impressive and the science advances in huge steps, the protagonists still search for a superior entity, for the main creator, for a god, for a lost paradise… The human quest for knowledge and for the unknown does not end, and the questions remain the same: What is humankind in relation to the undiscovered universe? Are we, in the near future, able to unravel all the mysteries that have always been tantalizing scientists and religious seekers? What ethical challenges might this progress bring? Will we become gods, “creating” humans by writing genetic codes using synthetic biology? The Interactions between science fiction and religion are manyfold and amazing …

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Understanding Jesus in the Early Modern Period and Beyond. Across Text and Other Media

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Book Series: Journal for Religion, Film and Media ISSN: 2414-0201 ISBN: 9783741000898 Year: Volume: 5/1 Pages: 153 DOI: 10.25364/05.4:2019.1.1 Language: english
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Subject: Visual Arts --- Religion
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This thematic issue seeks to provide a more nuanced and more complicated history of how historical narratives about the life of Jesus were produced and circulated in European culture. The focus on media is one of the most innovative ways to provide such an involved history, pointing to the cultural history of scholarship and the many ways in which societies produce historical representations of theological themes.

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