Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

Fall 11-30-2009

School

School of Communication

Major

Communication Studies: Journalism

Primary Subject Area

Mass Communications

Keywords

Joss Whedon, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Dollhouse, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, Angel, Serenity, science fiction, morality, atheist, critical thinking

Disciplines

Broadcast and Video Studies | Mass Communication

Abstract

Joss Whedon, the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and other science fiction television shows, is a devout atheist but still manages to weave religious themes throughout his work, including redemption, free will, and Christ figures. This paper will examine the different themes from Whedon’s shows and encourage the reader to look beyond the entertainment aspect and into the deeper moral meaning of the situations he creates.

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