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Religion And Doctor Who

Author : Andrew Crome
ISBN : 9781625643773
Genre : Religion
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Doctor Who has always contained a rich current of religious themes and ideas. In its very first episode it asked how humans rationalize the seemingly supernatural, as two snooping schoolteachers refused to accept that the TARDIS was real. More recently it has toyed with the mystery of Doctor's real name, perhaps an echo of ancient religions and rituals in which knowledge of the secret name of a god, angel or demon was thought to grant a mortal power over the entity. But why does Doctor Who intersect with religion so often, and what do such instances tell us about the society that produces the show and the viewers who engage with it? The writers of Religion and Doctor Who: Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith attempt to answer these questions through an in-depth analysis of the various treatments of religion throughout every era of the show's history. While the majority of chapters focus on the television show Doctor Who, the authors also look at audios, novels, and the response of fandom. Their analyses--all written in an accessible but academically thorough style--reveal that examining religion in a long-running series such as Doctor Who can contribute to a number of key debates within faith communities and religious history. Most importantly, it provides another way of looking at why Doctor Who continues to inspire, to engage, and to excite generations of passionate fans, whatever their position on faith. The contributors are drawn from the UK, the USA, and Australia, and their approaches are similarly diverse. Chapters have been written by film scholars and sociologists; theologians and historians; rhetoricians, philosophers and anthropologists. Some write from the perspective of a particular faith or belief; others write from the perspective of no religious belief. All, however, demonstrate a solid knowledge of and affection for the brilliance of Doctor Who.
Category: Religion

The Humanism Of Doctor Who

Author : David Layton
ISBN : 9780786489442
Genre : Performing Arts
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From 1963 to 1989, the BBC television program Doctor Who followed a time-traveling human-like alien called “The Doctor” as he sought to help people, save civilizations and right wrongs. Since its 2005 revival, Doctor Who has become a pop culture phenomenon surpassing its “classic” period popularity and reaching a larger, more diverse audience. Though created as a family program, the series has dramatized serious themes in philosophy, science, religion, and politics. Doctor Who’s thoughtful presentation of a secular humanist view of the universe stands in stark contrast to the flashy special effects central to most science fiction on television. This examination of Doctor Who from the perspective of philosophical humanism assesses the show’s careful exploration of such topics as justice, ethics, good and evil, mythology and knowledge.
Category: Performing Arts

Doctor Who Twelfth Night

Author : Andrew O'Day
ISBN : 9781786724717
Genre : Performing Arts
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Peter Capaldi's Doctor Who – unpredictable, embattled, mercurial - has raised many fresh issues for followers of the Time Lord. In this book, the first to address the Capaldi era in depth, international experts on the show explore Capaldi's portrayal of the Doctor, and Steven Moffat's role as show writer and executive producer. They evaluate the effect of Capaldi's older age on the series' pace and themes; his Scottishness and representations of Scotland in Doctor Who's history, and the roles of the Doctor's female companions, particularly Clara Oswald as played by Jenna Coleman. The politics of war are addressed, as is the development of the alien-fighting military organisation UNIT in the show, as well as controversial portrayals of the afterlife and of immortality. There's discussion of promotional discourses, the imagining of the Twelfth Doctor in fan fiction and fan art, fan responses to the re-gendering of the Master as female, and of Christmas television and the uncanny. For fans, scholars and students alike, this book is a fitting tribute to and assessment of Peter Capaldi's Doctor Who.
Category: Performing Arts

Women In Doctor Who

Author : Valerie Estelle Frankel
ISBN : 9781476672229
Genre : Performing Arts
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Over the past half-century Doctor Who has defined science fiction television. The women in the series--from orphans and heroic mothers to seductresses and clever teachers--flourish in their roles yet rarely surmount them. Some companions rescue the Doctor and charm viewers with their technical brilliance, while others only scream for rescue. The villainesses dazzle with their cruelty, from the Rani to Cassandra and Missy. Covering all of the series--classic and new--along with Class, K9, Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures, novels, comics and Big Finish Audio adventures, this book examines the women archetypes in Doctor Who.
Category: Performing Arts

Doctor Who And Philosophy

Author : Courtland Lewis
ISBN : 9780812697254
Genre : Philosophy
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Not only is Doctor Who the longest-running science fiction TV show in history, but it has also been translated into numerous languages, broadcast around the world, and referred to as the “way of the future” by some British politicians. The Classic Doctor Who series built up a loyal American cult following, with regular conventions and other activities. The new series, relaunched in 2005, has emerged from culthood into mass awareness, with a steadily growing viewership and major sales of DVDs. The current series, featuring the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith, is breaking all earlier records, in both the UK and the US. Doctor Who is a continuing story about the adventures of a mysterious alien known as “the Doctor,” a traveller of both time and space whose spacecraft is the TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimensions in Space), which from the outside looks like a British police telephone box of the 1950s. The TARDIS is “bigger on the inside than on the outside”—actually the interior is immense. The Doctor looks human, but has two hearts, and a knowledge of all languages in the universe. Periodically, when the show changes the leading actor, the Doctor “regenerates.”
Category: Philosophy

Religion And The Law

Author : St. John Anthony Robilliard
ISBN : 0719009561
Genre : Law
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Category: Law

Sex Religion And The Making Of Modern Madness

Author : Ann Goldberg
ISBN : 0195352181
Genre : History
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How did the affliction we now know as insanity move from a religious phenomenon to a medical one? How did social class, gender, and ethnicity affect the experience of mental trauma and the way psychiatrists diagnosed and treated patients? In answering these questions, this important volume mines the rich and unusually detailed records of one of Germany's first modern insane asylums, the Eberbach Asylum in the duchy of Nassau. It is a book on the historical relationship between madness and modernity that both builds upon and challenges Michel Foucault's landmark work on this topic, a bold study that gives generous consideration to madness from the patient's perspective while also shedding new light on sexuality, politics, and antisemitism in nineteenth-century Germany. Drawing on the case records of several hundred asylum patients, Sex, Religion, and the Making of Modern Madness reconstructs the encounters of state officials and medical practitioners with peasant madness and deviancy during a transitional period in the history of both Germany and psychiatry. As author Ann Goldberg explains, this era witnessed the establishment of psychiatry as a legitimate medical specialty during a time of social upheaval, as Germany underwent the shift toward a capitalist order and the modern state. Focusing on such "illnesses" as religious madness, nymphomania, and masturbatory insanity, as well as the construct of Jewishness, she probes the daily encounters in which psychiatric categories were applied, experienced, and resisted within the settings of family, village, and insane asylum. The book is a model of microhistory, breaking new ground in the historiography of psychiatry as it synthetically applies approaches from "the history of everyday life," anthropology, poststructuralism, and feminist studies. In contrast to earlier, anecdotal studies of "the asylum patient," Goldberg employs diagnostic patterns to illuminate the ways in which madness--both in psychiatric practice and in the experience of patients--was structured by gender, class, and "race." She thus examines both the social basis of rural mental trauma in the Vormärz and the political and medical practices that sought to refashion this experience. This study sheds light on a range of issues concerning gender, religion, class relations, ethnicity, and state-building. It will appeal to students and scholars of a number of disciplines.
Category: History

Mummies Around The World An Encyclopedia Of Mummies In History Religion And Popular Culture

Author : Matt Cardin
ISBN : 9781610694209
Genre : History
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Perfect for school and public libraries, this is the only reference book to combine pop culture with science to uncover the mystery behind mummies and the mummification phenomena. • Includes photographs, reproductions of ancient art, images from films and television, and a bibliography to encourage further research • Features profiles of famous archaeologists and key figures who have been instrumental in bringing the mummy to modern consciousness • Contains various timelines tracing the exploration of the Egyptian tombs, the birth of modern genetic and radiologic methods of study, the evolution of mummies in film and literature, and the history of mummies around the world • Highlights key facts and interesting trivia related to mummies in helpful sidebars • Offers an extensive bibliography to encourage further reading
Category: History

Religion And Medicine

Author : K. N. Udupa
ISBN : UVA:X002255358
Genre : India
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Category: India

Doctor Who Thirteen Doctors 13 Stories

Author : Naomi Alderman
ISBN : 9780241356180
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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A new version of this much-loved anthology, with a brand-new story featuring the brand-new Thirteenth Doctor from literary sensation Naomi Alderman! Twelve wonderful tales of adventure, science, magic, monsters and time travel - featuring all twelve Doctors - are waiting for you in this very special Doctor Who book. And now they're joined by a very exciting, and very exclusive, new tale - written by Naomi Alderman, author of The Power - that will star the Thirteenth Doctor, as she battles to save the universe with her three close and trusted friends. Other authors featured are: Eoin Colfer, Michael Scott, Marcus Sedgwick, Philip Reeve, Patrick Ness, Richelle Mead, Malorie Blackman, Alex Scarrow, Charlie Higson, Derek Landy, Neil Gaiman, and Holly Black.
Category: Juvenile Fiction

Nuclear Religion

Author : Dr. Joseph Murphy
ISBN : 9781465329066
Genre : Self-Help
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The Amazing Laws of Cosmic Mind Power The Cosmic Energizer: Miracle Power of the Universe The Cosmic Power Within You Great Bible Truths for Human Problems The Healing Power of Love How to Attract Money How to Pray with a Deck of Cards How to Use the Power of Prayer How to Use Your Healing Power Infinite Power for Richer Living Living Without Strain Love is Freedom Magic of Faith Mental Poisons and Their Antidotes The Miracle of Mind Dynamics Miracle Power for Infinite Riches Peace Within Yourself The Power Of Your Subconscious Mind Pray Your Way Through It Prayer is the Answer Psychic Perception: The Meaning of Extrasensory Power Quiet Moments with God Secrets of the I Ching Songs of God Special Meditations for Health, Wealth, Love, and Expression Stay Young Forever Supreme Mastery of Fear Telepsychics: The Magic Power of Perfect Living Why Did This Happen to Me? Within You is the Power Write Your Name in the Book of Life Your Infinite Power to be Rich
Category: Self-Help

Doctor Who And Race

Author : Lindy Orthia
ISBN : 9781783201242
Genre : Performing Arts
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Doctor Who is the longest running science fiction television series in the world and is regularly watched by millions of people across the globe. While its scores of fans adore the show with cult-like devotion, the fan-contributors to this book argue that there is an uncharted dimension to Doctor Who. Bringing together diverse perspectives on race and its representation in Doctor Who, this anthology offers new understandings of the cultural significance of race in the programme – how the show’s representations of racial diversity, colonialism, nationalism and racism affect our daily lives and change the way we relate to each other.
Category: Performing Arts

Organized Religion Is

Author : Frederick J. Azbell
ISBN : 9781452053684
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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I have for a number of years, since my retirement from teaching elementary school for thirty-three years, contemplated the possibility of writing a book expressing a few of my strongly held beliefs. Events of the recent past had accelerated that urge. The now defunct immoral Moral Majority, the spiritless Christian Coalition, the satanic Southern Baptist, and the hypocritical Church of Christ, plus other bigoted and hypocritical religious groups, keep waving their spiritless and satanic doctrines in my face while desecrating the flag of the United States by wrapping themselves in it. My personal philosophy of life is based upon the fact that “I am the pessimistically optimistic realist with a bent of humanistic pragmatism.” I choose to believe that things shall work out for the better but I know that if there be the slightest opportunity, someone is going to throw a monkey-wrench into the machinery. I am a non-believer in organized religious faiths of any kind. I do not believe in any god that listens to or talks to man. I am a Deist. I believe that man would not have created his gods and religious faiths if he had had more faith in himself with a better understanding of his universe and nature. I do not wish to be negative, simply realistic. My head is not floating in the clouds or buried in the sod. My mind is open to any logically developed philosophies. My use of rational logic will not allow me to be convinced or swayed by irrational, supernatural religious faiths. The bigoted and hypocritical faith of Christianityis not my idea of the truth of reality or the reality of truth. Satanic and fundamental faiths such as Christianity, Judaism, and Islam have been the greatest forces formenting most of the hatred, violence, and wars in this world. Organized religions have proven themselves to be the greatest deterrents in the advancement of humanity among the peoples of this world.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Madman In A Box

Author : David Johnson
ISBN : 1845839390
Genre : Doctor Who (Television program : 1963-1989)
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"From "Doctor Who"'s modest if promising beginnings, it has gone on to become a global media empire, providing its viewers with a powerful lens by which the past fifty years can be evaluated." Having been on the air for more than fifty years, "Doctor Who," a programme dealing with time travel, has itself become a sort of time machine, allowing viewers to observe and evaluate changes in their world. In this fascinating book, history professor David Johnson looks at how the programme's storytelling has reflected social developments over the past five decades in various areas of content such as computers, medical advances, war and gender. The 'madman with a box' has spent more than fifty years in a box - a television box - helping the audience to explore social issues and new technologies in an entertaining and informative way.
Category: Doctor Who (Television program : 1963-1989)

Religion In Cormac Mccarthy S Fiction

Author : Manuel Broncano
ISBN : 9781317915324
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This book addresses the religious scope of Cormac McCarthy’s fiction, one of the most controversial issues in studies of his work. Current criticism is divided between those who find a theological dimension in his works, and those who reject such an approach on the grounds that the nihilist discourse characteristic of his narrative is incompatible with any religious message. McCarthy’s tendencies toward religious themes have become increasingly more acute, revealing that McCarthy has adopted the biblical language and rhetoric to compose an "apocryphal" narrative of the American Southwest while exploring the human innate tendency to evil in the line of Herman Melville and William Faulkner, both literary progenitors of the writer. Broncano argues that this apocryphal narrative is written against the background of the Bible, a peculiar Pentateuch in which Blood Meridian functions as the Book of Genesis, the Border Trilogy functions as the Gospels, and No Country for Old Men as the Book of Revelation, while The Road is the post-apocalyptic sequel. This book analyzes the novels included in what Broncano defines as the South-Western cycle (from Blood Meridian to The Road) in search of the religious foundations that support the narrative architecture of the texts.
Category: Literary Criticism

Shifts In The Social Contract

Author : Beth Rubin
ISBN : 9781452247649
Genre : Social Science
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Examining the changes in society in the United States, Beth Rubin explains how the current era differs fundamentally from the post-World War Two period; how and why that change has occurred; and what its meaning is to everyday life. She traces the changes from a domestic to a global economy, the transformation of the workplace, and the impact that these changes have had on how other people are experiencing social aspects of their lives: their families and interpersonal relations, their communities and their experience of the culture of mass society.
Category: Social Science

Psychology Religion And Healing

Author : Leslie D. Weatherhead
ISBN : 9781443727143
Genre : Psychology
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PSYCHOLOGY, RELIGION AND HEALING. A critical study of all the non-physical methods of healing, with an examination of the principles under lying them and the techniques employed to express them, together with some conclusions regarding further investigation and action in this field LESLIE D. WEATHERHEAD M. PREFACE: IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR a young doctor, working in the desert amongst troops stationed north of Baghdad, talked about his dreams to two young chaplains far into the night. I was one of the chaplains. That doctor was a remarkable man. He practised psychological treat ment of an impressive kind when what was then called The New Psy chology was very new indeed. He practised hypnotism, both as a means of investigating the deep mind of the patient and also of giving him suggestions of courage, confidence and recovery. Further, he had as great a spiritual faith and power as I have ever seen. He would go out into the desert, and for hours he would concentrate his mind on one patient with a kind of spiritual intention. On returning he would some times find remarkable results. The patient, previously sleepless, would be asleep or, discontented, would have found peace of mind or, in despair, had begun to believe in his own recovery. In one case, a man apparently unable to walk was walking about the ward. The doctor claimed that when he had done all he could for a patient by all the arts of medicine, the turning point an the illness was sometimes determined by adding this form of prayerful concentration. I was a very young chaplain at the time, and only recently set free for chaplaincy duty by the Indian Army, in which I had enlisted as a combatant officer, I had wanted to be a medicalmissionary, but neither my family nor I could afford the cost of medical training. The com bination of healing and religion had always fascinated me. When this doctor turned to us two chaplains and said, You padres ought to be doing most of this, I felt he was right. I remembered that Jesus said, Heal the sick, and I had always had an uneasy feeling that to relegate all healing to the material methods of the doctors, splendid though that work is, did not really answer the challenge of our Lords words. Nor could I believe that His challenge was met by the psychologists, es pecially those who had no place for religion in their thought or practice. I therefore determined to learn all I could about non-physical ways of healing. When the doctor and my fellow-chaplain were both killed, I felt an even greater urgency to try to understand the ways in which psychology, religion and healing were related. On returning to Madras in 1919 I was lucky in being allowed to join a small study group of doctors and ministers. Considering we alHived busy lives, it was a strenuous training, for we took it in turns to intro duce a new book each week and read a paper on it which was the basis of discussion. My ministry in England since I returned in 1922 has only deepened in me the conviction that many people are suffering, even from sup posedly physical illnesses, who need not suffer a if we knew how to release and direct to them the resources of the spiritual world, and Z if both ministers and doctors were alert and trained to see and to under stand the early signs of psychological disturbance and to secure im mediate treatment, ideally in some environment where physically, psychologically and spirituallythe patient could be investigated and the whole personality integrated...
Category: Psychology