How to Survive the Apocalypse: Zombies, Cylons, Faith, and Politics at the End of the World
In 2014, my friend Rob Joustra and I started throwing around the idea of writing a book that combined two of our mutual obsessions: pop culture about the end of the world, and the work of the philosopher Charles Taylor.
We finally bit the bullet and wrote the book, which was published by Eerdmans in May 2016. In it, we explore the history of apocalyptic literature and place pop culture from Battlestar Galactica and Game of Thrones to Mad Men and Her into that framework. In so doing, we give a crash course in Charles Taylor's ideas in his books A Secular Age and The Ethics of Authenticity, and explore the implications for today.
And if all that sounds pretty complicated, all I can tell you is that my husband (and a number of reviewers) liked it a lot.
If you want just a taste of the book, you're in luck. Excerpts ran in Christianity Today and on RogerEbert.com. A couple of years after the book's release I appeared on the James Cameron-produced Story of Science Fiction series on AMC, and they talked to me about the themes of the book for the network's website.