It’s About Faith In Our Future

Michael Jindra

in Religion and Popular Culture in America, Third Edition

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2017 | ISBN: 9780520291447
Published online September 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780520965225 | DOI:
It’s About Faith In Our Future

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This chapter examines the fandom that has grown up around the Star Trek movies and television series, arguing that the entertainment industry also creates meanings that begin to function in religious ways for consumers of popular culture. Popular culture has become an independent producer of mythical narratives, a reflection of cultural themes and a producer of new ones. Though often using indirect religious themes and imagery (as in Star Wars or Harry Potter), the narratives and messages have been formally cut off from the religious traditions that have dominated Western culture over the centuries. In other words, parts of popular culture have taken their place alongside the mainstream religious traditions, ideologies, and narratives that have guided people's lives.

Keywords: Star Trek; fandom; entertainment industry; American culture; religion; popular culture

Chapter.  6331 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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