"Utopian Virtual Reality in Ready Player One: Responding with Real Hope and the Christian Teleos"

Bibliographic Information: 

Arceno, John Paul. “Utopian Virtual Reality in Ready Player One: Responding with Real Hope and the Christian Teleos.” In Film, Philosophy and Religion, 69-88. Edited by William Anderson. Wilmington, DE: Vernon Press, 2021.

Description
This chapter provides a synopsis of virtual reality and attempts to understand the virtual world in Ready Player One (RPO) called OASIS (Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation). It explores utopian ideals and hope based on the quest of the film and why these must fail in human terms. The chapter also provides theological reflections and offers real Eschatological Hope through Digital Theology and the Teleos of the Kingdom of God based on the Living Creator and Savior God.

KEYWORDS: Avatar, Deism, Digital Theology, Eschatological Hope, God is Dead, Kingdom of God, Nietzsche, Ready Player One, Teleos, Virtual Reality, Virtual World

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Vernon Press
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