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Pagan News Beagle: Airy Monday, May 2

The spirituality of Charles Schulz' Peanuts is explored. Actress Ruth Negga talks about the new TV series Preacher. And surprises abound as Game of Thrones returns for another season. It's Airy Monday, our weekly segment on magic and religion in popular culture! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

When people think of the beloved comic strip Peanuts the word that leaps to mind probably isn't "religious." But in fact, Charles Schulz was a devout Christian whose beliefs about life and faith often made their way into his work. Jonathan Merritt explains in more depth over at The Atlantic.

After a year, the ever popular fantasy TV series Game of Thrones is back. And now, no one's sure what's around the corner as the series has officially overtaken the narrative of the books upon which it is based. At, Theresa DeLucci reviews the first episode.

Marvel's sorcerer supreme may not arrived on the big screen until this autumn, but another magical presence in the Marvel universe will be returning to theaters this weekend. Stein Weintraub sits down and speaks with Elizabeth Olsen about her role as Scarlet Witch, the magical mutant of Marvel's Captain America: Civil War.

AMC's adaptation of the comic Preacher, about a Texan pastor possessed by a supernatural being called "Genesis," is nearing its initial air date. Over at Comics Alliance, Ruth Negga, who co-stars as the deadly marksman Tulip O'Hare, talks about the series and her role.

Science fiction and fantasy website io9 changed management this weekend as writer and critic Charlie Jane Anders stepped down to focus on her career as a novelist. But before she left the site, Ms. Anders wrote one final column explaining the importance of making science fiction a community that's welcome to everyone. You can read it here.

Top image by Olivier Coipel, Mark Morales, and Laura Martin



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