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This book explores many of the theological and religious themes inherent in the Game of Thrones HBO television series and George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels. Written for academics yet accessible for the layperson, the chapters explore themes of power, religion, and sacred institutions in Westeros; Christian ecclesiology in the Night’s Watch and the religion of the Iron Islands; Augustinian notions of evil in the Night King and anthropology in the Seven; Orientalism, Hinduism, and the many worldviews in the World of Ice and Fire, and the series more controversial and disturbing themes of rape and death. Theology and Game of Thrones will appeal to theology and religious studies scholars and fans alike as it explores these elements in Martin’s complex fantasy epic.

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ISBN-13: 9781978707627
Publisher: Fortress Academic
Publication date: 01/15/2022
Series: Theology and Pop Culture
Pages: 348
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Matthew Brake (M.Div., Regent University) is the series editor for the Theology and Pop Culture series and runs the Popular Culture and Theology blog.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Sex, Violence, and Theology in the World of Ice and Fire Matthew Brake Part I: Power and Sacred Institutions in the Seven Kingdoms 1. Seasons Change and “Winter is Coming”: Patterning in Game of Thrones and the Hebrew Bible Eric X. Jarrard 2. Targaryen Exceptionalism and Politics in the Sacred Structures of Westeros Mollie Gossage and Edgar Valles 3. Guest Rights and Gods: Historical Hospitium in Game of Thrones Katy Krieger Part II: Ecclesiology of Thrones 4. What is Dead May Never Die: The Drowned God and Jesus’ Call to Discipleship Shaun C. Brown 5. Ragamuffins Bound by the Word: The Ecclesiology of the Night’s Watch Drew McIntyre Part III: Augustine Goes to Westeros 6. Night Kings and Shadow Assassins: Reflections on Death, Evil, and Privation Mark Wiebe 7. The Faith of the Seven and Faith in the Trinity David Mahfood Part IV: Dispatches from Essos: Pluralism and Orientalism in the World of Ice and Fire 8. Is Hinduism Present in Game of Thrones? Jeffery D. Long 9. “To reach the west you must go east”: The Empty Shadow of Postsecular Orientalism in A Song of Ice and Fire Justin KH Tse 10. Comparative Worldview Studies and A Song of Ice and Fire: World Religions, Comparison, and Fictional Worlds Nathan Frederickson Part V: The Night is Dark and Full of Terrors: Sexual Violence, Death, and the Real in Game of Thrones 11. Concupiscence, Coercion, and the Communion of Persons: Reading the Rape of Cersei Susan Johnston 12. Valar Morghulis: Late-Modern Imaginaries of Death and Nihilism in Game of Thrones Andrew D. Thrasher 13. Hodor: The Transubstantiation of the word Made Death, The Theological Real in Game of Thrones Loraine Haywood

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