During the past decade, there has been an explosion of films and television programs containing religious and spiritual themes. Mel Gibson's The "Passion of the Christ" was only the tip of the iceberg. As new generations of Americans work out their spiritual and religious questions, they are increasingly turning to fantasy. We'll explore the deeper appeal of films like "Harry Potter" and "The Matrix," and we'll ask how fantasy in media reflects a changing spiritual imagination, especially in younger Americans.
is author of 15 books, including God-Talk in America, and previously served as Contributing Editor in Religion at Publishers Weekly.
is Assistant Research Professor at the University of Colorado's School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Her books include From Angels to Aliens - Teenagers, the Media and the Supernatural.