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The return of the religious and the postmodern sacred -- The postmodern sacred -- Virtual religion: techniques of the postmodern sacred -- "Something up there": transcendental gesturing in new age-influenced texts -- Of gods and monsters: metaphor and the postmodern sacred -- Buffy and Xena: polytheisms on-screen -- Whither Leonardo Da Vinci? new age gnosticism -- Christ figures and the messianic in The lord of the rings -- The cultural logic of postmodern Christianity: the Christian right and popular culture -- The Islamic other and SFF responses to 9/11 -- Good, evil and ethics: morality and all that stuff -- Conclusion: Is there an outside to capital?.
"This volume examines pop-culture spirituality, or "postmodern sacred," showing how consumers use the symbols contained in explicitly "unreal" texts to gain a second-hand experience of transcendence and belief. It shows how today's pervasive, saturated media culture has utterly collapsed the sacred/profane binary and shapes how the religious appears and is experienced in the contemporary world"--Provided by publisher.