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Stanley, Sarah: "Drawing on God. Theology in Graphic Novels." In: Theological Librarianship 2.1 (2009), S. 83–88.
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Keywords: Bibliothekswesen, Didaktik und Pädagogik, Religion
Collection: Theological Librarianship
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The objective in this essay is to survey an assortment of graphic novels that either use theological themes or discuss religious experience. There are currently many explicitly religious comic books and graphic novels developed for the purpose of supporting a particular faith or as literary supplements to what is perceived as a very secular comic industry. While such books offer a particular theology of their own, this essay focuses on those works that are more mainstream and, for the most part, use religion as a narrative theme rather than a primary motivation for publication.
The books collected here all have found inspiration in the themes of religion and faith, whether they deal with these on an historical, personal, or purely fictional level. Some approach these issues negatively, with an amount of skepticism or outright disbelief, while others offer a more favorable perspective. It is best to engage these materials with an open mind and willingness to engage in theoretical exercise. Given the right circumstances, many of these texts add value to specific areas of study and would even be interesting additions to more church-related activities like Sunday School classes.
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