In this episode, I sit down with my friend Michael Heiser to talk about the paranormal Netflix series Stranger Things and examine how the otherworldy manifestations taking place in Hawkins, Indiana can surprisingly help us understand and explain the gospel in unique and overlooked ways.
For more on Mike’s new role at the Awakening School of Theology & Ministry, listen to episode 279 of The Naked Bible Podcast.
About the Book: What could the supernatural world of Stranger Things have in common with the Bible?
The paranormal television series Stranger Things taps into the mysterious elements that have fueled spiritual questions for millennia. The otherworldly manifestations in Hawkins, Indiana offer compelling portrayals of important spiritual truths–and many of these truths are echoed in the supernatural worldview of the Bible.
For Michael Heiser, Stranger Things is the perfect marriage of his interest in popular culture and the paranormal. In The Unseen Realm, he opened the eyes of thousands, helping readers understand the supernatural worldview of the Bible. Now he turns his attention to the worldwide television phenomenon, exploring how Stranger Things relates to Christian theology and the Christian life.
In The World Turned Upside Down, Heiser draws on this supernatural worldview to help us think about the story of Jesus and discover glimpses of the gospel in the Upside Down. He argues that this celebrated series helps us understand the gospel in unique and overlooked ways. The spiritual questions and crises raised by Stranger Things are addressed the same way they are in the gospel, with mystery and transcendent power.
About the Author: Michael Heiser is a scholar in the fields of biblical studies and the ancient Near East, and he is a Scholar-in-Residence at Faithlife, the makers of Logos Bible Software. Michael has an MA in Ancient History from the University of Pennsylvania, and he has an MA in Hebrew Studies and a PhD in Hebrew Bible and Semitic Languages from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has published widely in scholarly journals and popular periodicals such as Bible Study Magazine, and he teaches ancient languages online at MEMRA.
Connect with Michael:
- Naked Bible Podcast
- Fringe Pop 321
- Instagram @MikeHeiserPHD
- Twitter @msheiser
- Facebook @MichaelSHeiser
Books by Michael Heiser:
- Episode 24: Dr. Michael S. Heiser – The Unseen Realm
- Episode 142: Michael Heiser – Reversing Hermon
- Episode 181: Michael Heiser – The Bible Unfiltered
- Episode 244: Michael Heiser – Angels
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