Synd från ovan: Teologisk ondska i Final Fantasy VII-metanarrativet
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
The object of this study is representations of theological evils in Final Fantasy VII (Square Enix 1997) and Compilation of Final Fantasy VII (Square Enix 2004-2009), focusing especially on the monstrous antagonists Jenova and Sephiroth. By comparing these media narratives mainly with Gen 2-3 and Rom 5-7, using an intertextual method developed by Lina Sjöberg (2006), I try to determine what sorts of theological evils (if any) that can be discerned in the stories, and specify what theological perspectives on these evils that seem to dominate. In the end, the conclusion is drawn that there is plenty rather traditional theological representations of sin and demonic evil, such as sin being a turning away from God and attempts at transcending human limitations, whereas demonic evil is expressed in antagonists being portrayed as the devil and/or fallen angels. There is also present, however, views on sin similar to those championed by ecofeminist theologian Rosemary Radford Ruether (1983), where metaphysical evil or human mortality is not considered evil and/or as a punishment for original sin, but instead is regarded as a natural part of life.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 77 p.
Final Fantasy VII, teologi, synd, demonisk ondska, tv-spel, intertextualitet, Eden, monster
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-230123OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-230123DiVA: diva2:738869
Subject / course
Studies in Systematic Theology, Ethics and Philosophy of Religion
Master Programme in Theology and Religious Studies
Ekstrand, Thomas, Docent
Sundman, Per, docent