Strains of Traditional Religion in the Realm of Modern Entertainment

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Religious Studies (MARS)


Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies

First Advisor

Richard Grigg


With the shift away from traditional religion, humanity has not lost its deep need for religious sustenance, it simply finds it elsewhere. In the realm of popular culture, myriad aspects of entertainment bear hallmarks of thought and activity associated with traditional religion. This may at first glance appear to be a negative, possibly corrupting trend. However, religious strains in entertainment may point to ways in which traditional religion - particularly Catholicism - can respond to changing times and the accompanying changes in the needs of the religious person.


Master's thesis submitted to the faculty of Religious Studies at Sacred Heart University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Religious Studies.