Posts Tagged ‘Avatar’

February 1st, 2010

“New” pantheism enters the Oscar race

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After claiming two of the big prizes at this year’s Golden Globes (Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Director – Motion Picture), James Cameron’s Avatar is on a fast track to Oscar glory, hoping to prove it has more to offer than fancy special effects and groundbreaking digital technology. Heavy-handed and lacking in originality—almost every review compares it to Dances with Wolves in space—the political overtones of the well-worn “outsider goes native in order to protect the aboriginals and regain his own spiritual equanimity” storyline have garnered less debate than its palatable pantheism and environmental spirituality.

December 30th, 2009

The religion of Avatar

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James Cameron’s new blockbuster film Avatar has inspired a flurry of commentary about its theological implications.