Cinematic Religion Presentation Handouts & Resources


This is a companion page to my presentation at SBLAAR22 (Society of Biblical Literature, American Academy of Religion) in Denver, CO. Below, you will find resource materials from the course I developed, first taught at the University of Oregon, Clark Honors College, 2021, links to other resources, and information referenced in my presentation.

For a complete list of films and tv series used in this course, visit Films with Religious Themes. For the Spotify playlist I used in the course, visit A Religion in Pop Culture Playlist. If you are interested in other pop culture and religion connections, visit Religion & Pop Culture Resources.

Please check out my NEW BOOK So Say We All: Religion, Spirituality, and the Divine in Battlestar Galactica. Available online and at the Wipf & Stock Book Stand at SBLAAR22.

The flash guide is an at-a-glance preview of the course. The one linked is from the first time I taught Cinematic Religion. It is meant to provide an example of some of the films and themes that are covered in class.

This handout accompanies the presentation: Cinematic Religion: Evaluating Cinematic Portrayals of the Divine with University Students in an A-religious Setting in Academic Teaching and Biblical Studies at Society of Biblical Literature.

Cinematic Religion Course Syllabus & Schedule

This syllabus and course guide were in effect for Fall 2021, Cinematic Religion at the University of Oregon. Please contact me if you have any questions or want to discuss approaches to teaching film and religion.


Course Schedule

Religion and Science Fiction

So Say We All explores the rich depths of religious language and concepts in science fiction by walking through each season of Battlestar Galactica (2004). This is a book for sci-fi fans who want to go deeper in understanding philosophy, religion, and the evolution of science fiction as a genre. It is also a book for Battlestar Galactica fans.