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357Doxacon - Orthodox science-fiction & fantasy conference

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  • Steve Hayes
    Jun 23, 2013
      DOXACON is an opportunity for Christian fans of the science-fiction & fantasy
      genre, to engage in positive exploration of themes held in common between
      Christianity, Fantasy and Science Fiction... especially in a time in which
      this genre is seeing a renaissance among popular culture. If you enjoy
      engaging in meaningful dialogue on subjects concerning Middle Earth,
      Hogwarts, Narnia, Star Trek, Star Wars or Dr. Who, to name just a few, then
      this is the conference is for you!

      We are blessed to have keynote speakers who are authorities on the Christian
      response to the sci-fi/fantasy genres: Metropolitan Sava of Pittsburgh, Greek
      Orthodox Archdiocese, and Dr. Thomas Bertonneau of S.U.N.Y in Oswego, NY.

      Aside keynote presentations, participants will have the opportunity to attend
      general and break-out session presentations on themes/ideas in a specific
      book, movie or television show and our response as Christians to the message.
      Please click on "View Schedule" for a complete schedule list and topics with
      speaker biographies!

      Saturday evening we will have a "Fellowship of the Geeks" dinner party at St.
      Mary Orthodox Church, complete with the party tree and Shire inspired food
      fare, to cap off the day's exciting events! Registration fee inlcudes this
      dinner. Individual tickets are available for you to bring guests or if you
      wish to attend the dinner only.

      Metropolitan SAVAS of Pittsburgh

      Metropolitan SAVAS of Pittsburgh, was elected to succeed Metropolitan Maximos in November 2011 and served on Holy Patriarchal Synod in Constantinople in 2012. Prior to his election, he was the Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America until 2009, when he was named Director of the Archdiocesan Office of Church, Society and Culture. As an active presence the Internet, he
      has been in the vanguard of engaging issues of contemporary societal and cultural realities from an Orthodox Christian perspective (please click HERE to read his 2011 interview in Praxis magazine on page 11.). He further serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for both Holy Cross/Hellenic College and St. Vladimir's Theological Seminary. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Dogmatic
      Theology at St. Vladimir's, teaching courses on topics such as "Looking for God in Popular Culture".

      Dr. Thomas Bertonneau
      TOPIC:"Plurality and Divinity in the Work of Olaf Stapledon"
      Dr. Thomas Bertonneau, co-author of the book, "The Truth is Out There: Christian Faith and the Classics of TV Science Fiction", earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1990. He has taught at a variety of institutions, and has been a member of the English Faculty at SUNY Oswego since 2001. He is the author of three books and numerou
      s articles on literature, art, music, religion, anthropology, film, and politics. He is a frequent contributor to Anthropoetics, the ISI quarterlies, and others.

      General Session Presenters:

      Dr. Alison Scott (Friday)
      TOPIC: “All That Glitters Is Not Gold: Why Libraries (Should) Care About Science Fiction and Fantasy.” (Rare 1st Editions of "The Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings", signed by Tolkien, will be on display and used to discuss this topic.)

      Matushka Donna Farley (Saturday)
      WORKSHOP: "A Spell for Refeshment of the Spirit-Christians Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy."

      Break-Out Session Presenters:

      Leslie Banta--"Firefly: Browncoats and the Beatitudes."
      Dr. Jonathan Chaves--"True Ladder to Heaven: The Foreshadowing of Christ in Chinese Fantasy Literature."
      Caleb Grimes--"The Paradox of Faith in Star Wars."
      Jonathan Jacobson--"Battlstar Galactia as Preparation for The Gospel."
      Matthew Silver--"The Matrix & Inception: Objectivity and Transcendent Truth."
      Rev. Father David G. Subu--"The Golden Path: Frank Herbert's Dune as a Religious Fantasy"


      Protection of the Holy Mother of God Orthodox Church
      7223 Roosevelt Avenue
      Falls Church, VA 22042

      Register at:

      Steve Hayes
      E-mail: shayes@...
      Web: http://hayesfam.bravehost.com/litmain.htm
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