We Want to Believe: Faith and Gospel in the X-Files

We Want to Believe Faith and Gospel in the X Files Description From the first episode to the latest feature film two main symbols provide the driving force for the iconic television series The X Files Fox Mulder s I Want to Believe poster and Dana Sc

  • Title: We Want to Believe: Faith and Gospel in the X-Files
  • Author: Amy M. Donaldson
  • ISBN: 9781606083611
  • Page: 413
  • Format: Paperback
  • Description From the first episode to the latest feature film, two main symbols provide the driving force for the iconic television series The X Files Fox Mulder s I Want to Believe poster and Dana Scully s cross necklace Mulder s poster may feature a flying saucer, but the phrase I want to believe refers to than simply the quest for the truth about aliens TheDescription From the first episode to the latest feature film, two main symbols provide the driving force for the iconic television series The X Files Fox Mulder s I Want to Believe poster and Dana Scully s cross necklace Mulder s poster may feature a flying saucer, but the phrase I want to believe refers to than simply the quest for the truth about aliens The search for extraterrestrial life, the truth that is out there, is a metaphor for the search for God The desire to believe in something greater than ourselves is part of human nature we want to believe Scully s cross represents this desire to believe, as well as the internal struggle between faith and what we can see and prove The X Files depicts this struggle by posing questions and exploring possible answers, both natural and supernatural Why would God let the innocent suffer Can God forgive even the most heinous criminal What if God is giving us signs to point the way to the truth, but we re not paying attention These are some of the questions raised by The X Files In the spirit of the show, this book uses the symbols and images presented throughout the series to pose such questions and explore some of the answers, particularly in the Christian tradition With a focus on key themes of the series faith, hope, love, and truth along the way, this book journeys from the desire to believe to the message of the cross Endorsements What a wonderful book With grace and intelligence, Amy Donaldson explores the questions of faith and mystery that form the secret heart of the The X Files Skeptics and believers alike are bound to come away with new insights into the series and life Frank Spotnitz Executive Producer, The X Files Amy Donaldson has written the Bible for X Files fans Written in an easygoing style that is free of the postmodern jargon one finds in much of cultural criticism, Dr Donaldson raises challenging questions that provoke an engaging conversation between science, faith, and theological reflection This book is a must read for Christians interested in fostering intelligent dialogue between contemporary popular culture and Christian faith Jeffrey L Staley Department of Theology and Religious Studies Seattle University Amy M Donaldson s We Want To Believe takes The X Files to have been a prolonged, ever deepening meditation on the modern crisis no less acute in its insights than, say, a critical study by Jacques Ellul or a novel by Hermann Hesse or a poem by T S Eliot Donaldson indeed brings to bear on Carter s nine season epic the same type of exegetical apparatus that the best scholars of literature and philosophy bring to the objects of their interest We Want To Believe is an informative and enjoyable book that all fans of The X Files, and all serious students of religion and faith, should read Thomas F Bertonneau co author of The Truth Is Out There Christian Faith and the Classics of TV Science Fiction Donaldson utilizes the synergy and convergence of Mulder and Scully s relationship and her impressively vast knowledge of the X Files universe to uniquely argue that by not giving up on the truths of the heart faith, hope, and love one may thereby discover and become renewed in the truest truths that are out there Dean A Kowalski author editor of The Philosophy of The X Files About the Contributor s Amy M Donaldson works as an Associate Editor at Baker Publishing Group She received her PhD in New Testament and Early Christianity from the University of Notre Dame.

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    1. Note: Second degree connection with the author. Book received from mutual friend.Although "We Want to Believe" suffers a bit from thesis repetition, this is a strong work that X-Files fans, Christians, and/or those with an interest in philosophy and pop culture will enjoy. Donaldson focuses primarily on Christianity, but the general search for Truth offers something for almost everyone to relate to. The tone of this work is somewhat heavy, so those looking for a light read may be disappointed, b [...]

    2. I was given this book to review for church librarians in the Lamplighterm hence the slant.This book is not for everyone, it will only be interesting to people who watched the X-files television series from 1998 and 2002. Right off the bat I knew I wasn't one of these addicted followers, I could remember a few shows, but I was interested enough to borrow two feature films “Fight the future” 1998 and “I want to believe” 2008 from my Netflix and local library. The complete series is more th [...]

    3. This book contrasts and compares spiritual themes found in the X-Files series and films with Scripture and the Christian faith. The author doesn't try to make the case that the X-Files is a Christian show, but she shows that many of its questions and answers overlap with those of theology. Highly Recommended.

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