John Shelton Lawrence

John Shelton Lawrence is professor emeritus, Morningside College at Sioux City, Iowa. He taught philosophy and interdisciplinary courses in American culture before retiring in Berkeley, California. He is a senior fellow in conservation at the Sierra Club in San Francisco, and in addition to The Myth of the American Superhero, he has co-written with Robert Jewett Captain America and the Crusade Against Evil: The Dilemma of Zealous Nationalism (Eerdmans, 2003). His publications on heroes include an essay on The Matrix film trilogy titled "Fascist Redemption or Democratic Hope?" in Jacking in to the Matrix Franchise: Cultural Reception and Interpretation (Continuum, 2004) edited by Matthew Kappell and William Doty. He maintains a website for the books he co-authored with Robert Jewett that offers links to reviews and related articles.


Volume 66

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Guests on Volume 66: Leon Kass, on how various biotechnologies promise to fulfill certain legitimate human desires in illegitimate ways, and on how new technologies have changed the assumptions many people have about their children; Nigel Cameron, on why American churches have been negligent in promoting robust thinking about the current bioethical crisis; Susan Wise Bauer, on how adults can acquire many of the benefits of a classical education long after leaving school by reading wisely and well; Esther Lightcap Meek, on belief, doubt, certainty, authority, and how knowledge (of God and other matters) is acquired, sustained, and properly recognized; John Shelton Lawrence, on how John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Superman, and the governor of California all embody a great American myth; and Ralph C. Wood, on the disappointing discrepancies between Peter Jackson's films and J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.