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The Matrix Reformed

July 29, 2011

“What can a genre of popular films like science fiction tell us about the culture we live in?” asks the three authors of The Matrix Reformed: Science Fiction, Technology, and Christian Philosophy, the latest book from Dordt College Press.

Dr. Bart Cusveller, Dr. Maarten Verkerk, and Dr. Mark de Vries co-wrote The Matrix Reformed using the themes of science fiction, technology, and Christian philosophy to show how people view “the origin, purpose, and meaning of their existence.” With The Matrix trilogy as a blueprint, the authors describe how Christians might view technological advances and science fiction concepts from a Reformed perspective.

“The culture surrounding us is, in many different ways, drenched in an ever-increasing inundation of technology, and this is poignantly expressed in science fiction,” the authors write in the introduction.

Cusveller, Verkerk, and de Vries examine the philosophical and ethical implications of technological changes as well as of science fiction as a genre.

“This book goes beyond the usual Christian reading of The Matrix, referencing Star Wars, Star Trek, and Blade Runner alongside Kierkegaard, Descartes, and Dooyeweerd,” says Steven Greydanus, film critic for National Catholic Register. “The authors’ thoughtful reflections are very much of ecumenical interest, as Reformational philosophy is meant to be.”

The authors all live in the Netherlands. Cusveller is a professor of nursing ethics at the Christian University of Applied Sciences in Ede; Verkerk is a professor of philosophy at Eindhoven University of Technology in Eindhoven; and de Vries is professor of science education at Delft University of Technology in Delft.

The book is an English translation of De Matrix Code: Sciencefictionfilms als Spiegel van de technologische cultuur, published by Buijten and Schipperheijn Motief in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

The Matrix Reformed is available at the Dordt College Bookstore and from major online booksellers.

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