Fanboy Theology

Exploring Theology Through the Lens of Pop Culture

Episode 9: Captain America: Civil War

In this episode, we look at the golden boy of the Marvel Universe, Captain America. In the movie, we really see the culmination of all of the changes that have occurred through the Ironman and Avengers movies. Continue reading “Episode 9: Captain America: Civil War”

Episode 8: The Pledge, The Turn, The Prestige

In this week’s episode, we look at a part of “The Nolanverse”, a term refers to movies that have had Christopher Nolan involved in their production. There is a prevalent fan theory1 that claims not only is the Dark Knight Trilogy (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises) a cohesive trilogy, but so are The Prestige, Inception, and Interstellar. Continue reading “Episode 8: The Pledge, The Turn, The Prestige”

Episode 7: The Boy Who Lived

This week in the podcast, we look at the world of Harry Potter. These stories hold a special place for a lot of us because we grew up with them. So what can a boy with a lightning bolt scar, a magical school and an evil wizard teach us about theology?

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Episode 6:The Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense

In this week’s episode, we take a look at the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense’s most famous agent, Hellboy. So what does a story about Catholic demon fighting Nazis and a Russian mystic named Rasputin have to do with theology?

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Episode 5: The Force is My Ally

In this week’s podcast, we dive back into Star Wars Universe to look at several quotes from Yoda. As it often happens in our faith journey, mentors come and go. We see this happen in The Empire Strikes Back; where at the bidding of Obi Wan, Luke ventures to Dagobah to seek instruction from Jedi Master Yoda. Yoda offers up three key pieces of wisdom that have parallels to our faith: “Do or do not, there is no try”, “That is why you fail”, and “The force is my ally, and a powerful ally it is”1.

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Episode 4: The Dark Knight of Gotham

In this week’s podcast, we look at arguably the most popular superhero in the DC Universe. Batman has been a staple in the world of superheroes for decades; not only in comics, but also in movies, TV shows and video games. So what makes the Caped Crusader stand out from the rest of the DC pantheon?

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Episode 3: Not All Who Wander Are Lost

This week we briefly look at J.R.R Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and the world of Middle Earth. For many Lord of the Rings is the standard to measure all other fantasy stories. Tolkien undoubtedly created one of the most comprehensive fantasy worlds not  necessarily in the size of Middle Earth but rather the intricateness of what he imagined there. Continue reading “Episode 3: Not All Who Wander Are Lost”

Episode 2: Professional Paranormal Investigations and Eliminations

In this week’s podcast, we talk about Ghostbusters, the original movie.  There is a lot that we will eventually be looking into with this movie and with the whole Ghostbusters franchise. But today, we are specifically looking at the four different viewpoints that the main characters (Venkman, Spengler, Stanz, Zeddemore) of the supernatural world.

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Episode 1: Hokey Religions and Ancient Weapons

In the first podcast, we take a brief look at Star Wars. This will be a topic that we will return to frequently as it is one of our favorite series. We also setup a couple of key ideas that we’ll return to often in the future movies, comics, shows and stories we examine.

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