Imago Dei and Fantasy Religions: Defeating Violence against Women throughout the Realms
In this chapter, Jordan Haynie Ware explore two fantasy narratives, looking at their religious systems and the roles that these systems play in shaping the gender relationships and gendered violence depicted therein. She first considers George R. R. Martin’s fictional world of Westeros, created in his fantasy novel series, A Song of Ice and Fire. Focusing on two of the religious systems operating within Westeros, she examines the ways that religious leaders and institutions are complicit in the perpetuation of misogynistic gender roles and gender violence. Then, turning her attention to Ron D. Moore’s TV show Battlestar Galactica, she compares the faith systems and deities of the cybernetic Cylons and human Colonials, reflecting again on the theological questions that the series raises about religious complicity in the validation of gender violence. By exploring the ways in which these fantasy religions either challenge or condone women’s oppression and the perpetuation of rape, she contemplates Christianity’s problematic silence and indifference about gender violence, drawing on the theology of imago Dei within both fantasy religions and Christianity to inform her critique.
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