Religion and Its Monsters

Timothy K. Beal, Author Routledge $27.95 (235p) ISBN 978-0-415-92588-4
This brilliant, twisted, imaginative book explores religion's dark side, from the predictable monsters of sacred texts (Leviathan, Behemoth, Tiamat and Rama's monkeys) to more startling choices from popular culture: one section applies religion's laws of ritual purity and danger to the novel Dracula, for example. Beal sees religion everywhere; Frankenstein, he asserts, is ""a profoundly theological horror"" about creator-figures playing God, while contemporary teen Goths inhabit ""a counterculture infused with a mix of monstrosity and pre-modern Christian religious iconography and architecture."" When Beal concludes the book by explaining that ""our monsters are ourselves,"" it comes not as a cultural indictment from a self-satisfied pundit but an astute observation by a witty and wise fellow traveler. (Nov. 15)n
Reviewed on: 11/05/2001
Release date: 11/01/2001
Genre: Religion
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