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Craig Detweiler, Ph.D.

Craig Detweiler, Ph.D.

Professor of Communication
Director, Center for Entertainment, Media and Culture

Contact Information

Phone: (310) 506-6314
Blog: Patheos blog
School: Seaver College
Location: Malibu

Areas of Expertise

  • Religion and film
  • Theology and pop culture
  • Entertainment business
  • New Media

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Dr. Craig Detweiler is an award-winning author and film producer, and serves as the director for Pepperdine University’s Center for Entertainment, Media and Culture. His latest book is iGods: How Technology Shapes Our Spiritual and Social Lives. Dr. Detweiler also edited the first book on theology and video games, Halos and Avatars: Playing Video Game with God.

Dr. Detweiler's cultural commentary has been featured on ABC’s Nightline, CNN, Fox News, Al Jazeera, NPR, and in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal

Dr. Detweiler in the News

Smiling for 'Auschwitz selfies,' and crying into the digital wilderness, CNN.com







Ph.D., Theology and Culture, Fuller Theological Seminary

M.F.A., Cinema/TV, University of Southern California

M. Div., Fuller Theological Seminary

B.A., English, Davidson College


  • Detweiler, Craig. iGods: How Technology Shapes Our Spiritual and Social Lives. Ada: Brazos Press, 2013.
  • Detweiler, Craig. Halos and Avatars: Playing Video Games with God. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010.
  • Detweiler, Craig. Into the Dark: Seeing the Sacred in the Top Films of the 21st Century. Ada: Baker Publishing Group, 2008.
  • Detweiler, Craig. A Matrix of Meanings: Finding God in Pop Culture. Ada: Baker Publishing Group, 2003.