Theology Gaming’s owner and proprietor/editor is Zachery Oliver. He has a Master’s of Theological Studies from Boston University’s School of Theology, as well as a BA from Merrimack College in Theological Studies and Philosophy.
In his words:
I’ve been playing video games since I was 3-4 years old, and can’t remember I time I wasn’t playing them. Probably a more formative experience was playing Secret of Mana with my brother and my father over a Christmas break, as the Sprite, without a guide or anything. The game clock on the cartridge (which I still have) is somewhere in the hundreds of hours. There’s just something about video games that works for me, entertains me, and really helped me out in life to sort ideas out (weirdly enough). And there’s so many of them!
But what I really love is that there’s so much theological exploration. I’ve got a wealth of knowledge of Christianity and video games…a weird combo, to say the least. There’s a dearth of substantive content regarding both, and thus we have Theology Gaming. I hope you continue this journey with me (and future contributors) as we look at the intersection of what games can teach us about God and ourselves. Boy, does that sound pretentious, but stick with me and see what comes of it.
TG expanded to include a diversity of authors. A small sampling of some articles, if you will:
Can You Play As Jesus in Mass Effect? by M. Joshua Cauller
Despair, Salvation and Final Fantasy XIII by Yann Wong
Jesus (and Feena and Reah), Friend(s) of Sinners by Patrick Gann
How a Microsoft Surface Saved Me From the Brink of Death by Ted Loring
The List: Bayonetta by Zachery Oliver (um, it’s really long, so take a good long while and read the other ones first).