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

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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.



Title : How to Survive the Apocalypse: Zombies, Cylons, Faith, and Politics at the End of the World
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ISBN : 0802872719
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 208 pages


Reviews


BJ rated it ★★★★☆

August 09, 2016

Pop culture meets philosopher Charles Taylor. Helpful cultural analysis.


Michael rated it ★★★★☆

June 29, 2016

Really fun read! James K.A. Smith's *Desiring the Kingdom* & Peter Leithart's *Solomon Among the Postmoderns* meet Breaking Bad, Mad Men, & Game of Thrones!


Zachary rated it ★★★★★

July 04, 2017

In short, this was a fun and fascinating dive into some modern works of cultural art. Essentially, Joustra and Wilkinson take interpret movies and shows such as Battlestar Galactica, The Walking Dead, The Hunger Games, and even Breaking Bad and Scandal and interpret them through the lens of Charl...


Adam rated it ★★★★★

July 31, 2017

Short Review: great exploration of philosophy using TV and movie criticism. This is a book to read if you like tv and movie criticism. This is a book to read if you want to learn about modern philosophy (especially Charles Taylor). This is a good book to follow up with if you have read James KA S...


Tim rated it ★★★★☆

March 26, 2017

Another—doubtless very different—Benedict Option.


Bob rated it ★★★★☆

October 09, 2016

Summary: Explores the fascination of the apocalyptic in contemporary film, television, and gaming through the lens of Charles Taylor's work on secularism and the self. "The world is going to hell. Just turn on the television--no, not the news. Flip over to the prestige dramas and sci-fi epics and...


Rob rated it ★★★★★

July 16, 2017

A fascinating application of philosopher Charles Taylor's treatise on Secularism and the pathologies that naturally arise from such a worldview. First is individualism, where we have the freedom to be anything we want, but with no higher aims and no greater social goal. Second is instrumentalism,...


Josh rated it ★★★★☆

May 09, 2016

Another guide into the world of Charles Taylor (seems I'm running into him all over the place these days), I enjoyed the way the authors examined elements of entertainment pop culture as a way to shed light on the ethos of modern day North America. As I have watched several of the shows and movie...


Benjamin rated it ★★★☆☆

February 07, 2017

I came by this book at the library and picked it up right away because I really appreciate Alissa Wilkinson's writing (which is really just her Twitter account). This book is an examination of Western society as interpreted by Charles Taylor and illustrated by the apocalyptic stories prevalent in...


Tommi rated it ★★★☆☆

June 13, 2017

Another this-is-what-Charles-Taylor-means book. Obviously, with lots of movie references. The authors did not agree with everything which was refreshing. Not completely sure if the argument actually leads to endorsing pluralism rather than showing how to live within a pluralistic (secular) world....





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