Part 1: introduction. In the modern day, with technology as well developed as it is , there has been an increasing fascination with society in popular culture. Thoughts of what could go wrong, how it may collapse and how it can be improved or at least maintained are rampant. The past 100 years has … More Utopia as the unattainable, dystopia as perspective. Is the concept of Utopia a useful one in the modern world?
Dorian Gray was first created by Oscar Wilde in 1890 and has since been used in several other works such as films. Throughout this essay I shall focus most of my ideas on the original story created by Wilde The Picture of Dorian Gray, however I may also refer to other adaptations of the book … More Religious Dystopia in The Picture of Dorian Gray
In recent years there has been a significant increase in the fascination with popular culture based around the idea of an apocalyptic world that has been over run by a zombie virus, that in effect leaves all of society in a catastrophic state with the remaining human race struggling to stay alive. These zombie movies … More The religious connotations shown in the 2013 movie WORLD WAR Z and the deep-rooted apocalyptic fear in contemporary society
A true story of Pfc. Desmond T. Doss, played in the film Hacksaw Ridge by Andrew Garfield. Doss won the Congressional Medal of Honor despite rejecting to bear arms as a means of defense during WWII on religious grounds. Doss earned respect and admiration for his bravery, selflessness and compassion after he risked his life, … More The Apocalyptic Battle of Okinawa
In 2015, FOX released a TV series called ‘Lucifer’ (Kapinos, Vancouver: 2015). As the title suggests, the central character is the Devil himself, Lucifer Morningstar, who has decided to take a vacation from ruling Hell and instead runs a nightclub called ‘Lux’ in Los Angeles. As the series progresses Lucifer becomes a civilian consultant to … More Lucifer: Sympathy for the Devil?
Within contemporary society religious messages and themes can be found within different aspects of popular culture such as movies, television shows, books and songs, however not all of the religious messages and themes are easy to notice. Many writers choose to use subliminal messaging to educate and inform their viewers this subliminal messaging can be … More Toy Story 3, Utopias, Dystopias and Religious Messaging
There is no doubt that the concept of a utopia has taken many different forms, understandings and definitions. Therefore, it makes a definition of the term not a particularly easy one to arrive at, but is necessary in order to understand the issue that is being addressed. John Hoffman (Hoffman, 2008) writes; “The attempt to … More Is the Christian conception of a Utopia really a Utopia?
‘Best of all possible worlds for me will not be for you… Utopia, though, must be, in some restricted sense, the best for all of us, the best world imaginable for each of us.’ Nozick (1974, p298) This paper seeks to discuss the impact of utopian thinking and ideas in relation to how far … More How far has utopian ideas influenced architectural sketches of past and present cities?
“As in individual cases of disease, we find medicine intimately blended with magic or religion” (Rivers. W.H.R) this quote from W.H.R Rivers is a true representation of how medicine ran parallel with religious or spiritual aids almost a century ago. However, in this essay the question whether religious views and methods still have a place … More Is modern transhumanist theory the only way to achieve a ‘Medical utopia’ or do spiritual and religious approaches to medicine still have relevance and permanent place in the modern world of medicine?
Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go is a novel based on a parallel society in the 1990s in which human cloning is permitted. A proportion of human life is cloned and after the clones have reached a certain point in their life they begin to make “donations” (Ishiguro 2010) until they reach “completion” (Ishiguro 2010). The … More Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go: the consequences of human cloning according to Christian ethics