School of Communication
Communication Studies: Journalism
Primary Subject Area
Joss Whedon, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Dollhouse, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, Angel, Serenity, science fiction, morality, atheist, critical thinking
Broadcast and Video Studies | Mass Communication
Baker, Amanda M., "Joss Whedon: Finding Religious Themes in a Science Fiction Universe" (2009). Senior Honors Theses. 98.
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.