John Lyden is currently the Visiting Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Grand View University. Previously, he was Professor and Chair of the Religion Department at Dana College from 1991-2010. He is the author of Film as Religion: Myths, Morals, and Rituals (New York: NYU Press, 2003), and is the editor of Enduring Issues in Religion (San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 1995). He is also the editor of The Routledge Companion to Religion and Film (Routledge, 2009), and is currently at work on a Companion to Religion and Popular Culture.
He has published numerous articles on interreligious dialogue, religion and culture, and religion and film, which have appeared in edited volumes as well as journals such as the Journal of Religion and Film, Dialogue and Alliance, Religion and Public Education, and The Journal of Ecumenical Studies. In 2007, he was interviewed for and appeared in the History Channel documentary, Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed. Dr. Lyden has been co-chair of the Religion, Film, and Visual Culture Group of the American Academy of Religion since 2005. He was also the 2008 recipient of the Spiritus Award for Outstanding Contributions to the study of Religion and Film.
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