Gnostic ideas are being gnawed over, processed, and consumed in ever more popular forms of culture. Perhaps through the loss of our gods we have had to become our own multiple gods, as we realized a need to fill a vacuum left by myth.
Einsteinian physics and the atomic bombing of Japan birthed an era of global anxiety and metaphysical awe. Thus the major mythemes of science fiction and the comic book superhero came to play a special role in the early 1960s and the American counterculture.
Jeffrey J. Kripal is one of the most unusual scholars of religion working in America today. His interests include superhero comics, the paranormal, UFO research, the human potential movement, and the mystical experiences of religious scholars.