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Heroes and Villains

Author(s): Mike Alsford

ISBN13: 9780232525731

ISBN10: 0232525730

Publisher: Darton,Longman & Todd Ltd (24 July 2006)

Extent: 176 pages

Binding: Paperback

Size: 21.2 x 13.4 x 1.6 cm

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  • Hercules, Jesus, James Bond, Darth Vader, Sauron, Voldemort. Almost anybody living within the West could group these individuals into two camps - the heroes and the villains. However, what criteria they might use to do this is less clear.


    Mike Alsford considers a range of heroic and villainous archetypes in an attempt to address questions such as what is a true hero? What is a true villain? Have we misunderstood these terms? What kind of social values do our mythical heroes and villains represent? Does Jesus Christ provide us with a more valuable model for the truly heroic?


    In examining the extremes of hero and villain we are made more aware of our ethical standards, and given a space in which to explore contemporary concerns over notions of right and wrong, good and bad.

  • Mike Alsford

    Mike Alsford is Senior Lecturef in-Theology at the University of Greenwich, London, and the author of What If? Religious Themes in Science Fiction - (DLT).

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