Happy September, 2016! I have for you a load of hefty treasure from all over the internet. From anime to gaming and other geeky genres, there are many authors out there who are writing from a Christian perspective on these topics. I hope you explore deeper into each blog or site and discover more of their content. This will be my last entry in this column, so I hope you have enjoyed it throughout these past several months. God bless, and let me know which articles you enjoyed most!
Gaming Articles of the Month
A 2D, hip-hop, Christian RPG? Yes, it exists, it’s called ReElise and it’s being funded right now via KickStarter. If you want to learn more information about it, check out their latest gameplay video. It has a long way to go to get funded, but either way I appreciate seeing more projects like these out there. Support the geeks! [KickStarter]
Is there beauty in art? Of course there is, and God speaks to us through that medium. Josh writes about how Christ is portrayed in Catholic imagery, why people are too focused on physical beauty, and how The Legend of Zelda fits into it all. [Beneath The Tangles]
A lengthy article about millennials, laziness, and how the gospel can shape the lives of those who don’t want to stop playing video games. It’s not the most positive opinion about gamers, but it’s good to see different points of views. [Millennial Evangelicals]
I wrote a piece analyzing a song from a popular JRPG, Lunar Silver Star Story. The song is titled “Wind’s Nocturne,” and it brings to mind many Christian themes. [Beneath The Tangles]
Anime Articles of the Month
Teresa writes about Sword Art Online and how spending long periods in the game can be compared to spending time with God. The more we invest in our spiritual relationship with our Creator, the closer we get to Him. The Bible mentions many times that if we seek Him, we will find Him, and Kirito does just that when he plays SAO. [Otaku In My Veins]
There’s a great but short anime called Planetarian. If you haven’t watched it, check it out for free on Funimation. Staff members from Beneath the Tangles discuss its Christian parallels in this eye-opening podcast. [TangleCast]
Misc. Geeky Articles of the Month
Taylor Ramage went to Bronycon as a panelist. As a geek, I’m not into the My Little Pony cartoon, but there are lots of biblical nuggets, ranging from grace to identity, that can be found in it. For the Bronies out there, check out this one or recommend it to your friends. [Taylor Ramage’s Blog]
If science fiction combined with the Bible, would it make for a great story? Samuel Garcia brainstorms the idea, using scriptures, movie references as a launching point. [God, Girls, and Game Design]
At this past Comic-Con, the Christian Comic Art Society manned a booth. The CCAS has been dedicated to bring the light of Christ to the world through comic books. Their website is full of new Christian comics, and you can read about their impact for God’s kingdom through this link. [Inverse]
Top Geeks Under Grace Articles of the Month
Ganondorf is the famed enemy of Link in The Legend of Zelda. If you don’t know his story, history in the series, or how he became as bad as he is, make sure you check out Maurice’s article. It’s a complete breakdown of Ganon. [Backloggery-Beatdown]
Trigun is a classic among anime lovers. One theme emphasized throughout is “love and peace!” Eric looks at the motto from a Christian perspective and finds a challenge for believers within it. [Love & Peace: It’s That Simple]
What if Saitama from One Punch Man was a Christian? How would he serve God with his strength? [One Punch With A Purpose]
In a piece that using Suicide Squad as a launching point, Ricky explains how saints were once sinners, Christ redeemed us from our faults, and we are now friends with God. [From Villians to Friends Of God]
I hope you enjoyed this month’s Treasure Chest!God bless you, and keep on geeking out!
Michael is a child of God, husband, teacher, business owner, anime lover and a life long gamer. When not conquering distant world's via console, he can be found reading, watching anime or Netflix, writing, or just enjoying life as a geek in the city of Miami. He aspires to travel to Japan and possibly...never leave.
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