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January 13, 2014

Kevin Schut

"Of Games & God: A Christian Exploration of Video Games"

Underwritten by Jeff and Shirley Hoogstra

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Kevin SchutVideo games are big business, generating billions of dollars annually. The long-held stereotype of the gamer as a solitary teen hunched in front of his computer screen for hours is inconsistent with the current makeup of a diverse and vibrant gaming community. The rise of this cultural phenomenon raises a host of questions: Are some games too violent? Do they hurt or help our learning? Do they encourage escapism? How do games portray gender? Such questions have generated lots of talk, but missing from much of the discussion has been a Christian perspective.

In his book "Of Games & God" Kevin Schut, a communications expert and an enthusiastic gamer himself, offers a lively, balanced, and informed Christian evaluation of video games and video game culture. He expertly engages a variety of issues, encouraging readers to consider both the perils and the promise of this major cultural phenomenon.

Kevin is associate professor and chair of the department of media and communication at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia. His research uses video games to investigate the intersection of communication, technology, and culture. He has published articles and chapters on video games and history, games and mythology, and evangelical involvement with video games.

Read more about this book from Spark magazine.

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Of Gods and Games book cover

Read more about this book from a review in Spark magazine.

Kevin was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, and still cheers for the Oilers. After graduating from Calvin College, he married and taught overseas in schools for missionary kids in the Cote d'Ivoire and Hungary for three and a half years. He was overjoyed to have the opportunity to move back to Canada after grad school in Iowa (Go Hawks!) and still teach in a Christian university. He has three young daughters who love playing the Wii, PS3, and Xbox360 with him.