"Someday our gods will be friends." The VIKINGS series as Embodiment of Religion and Liquefaction of Meaning

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René Erwich


This article reflects on the recent tv-series ‘Vikings’ from a practical-theological perspective. We deal with the series as a serious expression of the relationship between film and religion. The narrative, reception, style and context are used to present deliberate themes regarding clashes of pagan religion and Christianity. It is contended that the way a series like ‘Vikings’ has been developed and constructed, operates within the perspective of a liquefaction of religion.

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René Erwich, Whitley College, Melbourne

Reverend Professor Dr René Erwich (1964) is Principal of Whitley College, Melbourne and full Professor of Practical Theology at the University of Divinity, Melbourne, Australia. Before accepting his current role he was Research Professor in Theology at Ede Christian University (Netherlands). His interests are in the area of lived religion: media and religion, pastoral theology, narrative and ecclesiology. He is currently working on a bookproject on gender and theology.