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Watching TV Religiously Television and Theology in Dialogue

BAKER PUBLISHING GROUP

9780801030734

Watching TV Religiously

Television and Theology in Dialogue

series: Engaging Culture

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About

The reach and influence of television cannot be overstated. Since its inception, TV has captured the cultural imagination. Outside of work and sleep, it is now the primary preoccupation of most Americans. Individuals consume upwards of five hours of TV daily, even more when taking into account viewing done online and on mobile devices. TV is so ingrained in the fabric of everyday life that it can't help but function as one of the primary means through which we make sense of our lives and the world.

Watching TV Religiously shows that television--as a technology, a narrative art form, a commodity, and a portal for our ritual lives--confronts viewers theologically. Whether its content is explicitly spiritual or not, TV routinely invites (and sometimes demands) theological reflection. In a time when television is reshaping contemporary life in unexpected ways, this book articulates something of the presence and activity of God in the golden age of TV and forges an appropriate response to an ever-changing cultural form. It constructs a theology of television that allows for both celebration and critique, helping Christians more fully understand and appreciate the power and meaning of TV. A supplemental website provides additional resources, conversations, and close readings of TV programs.

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About the Series
The Engaging Culture series is designed to help Christians respond with theological discernment to our contemporary culture. Each volume explores particular cultural expressions, seeking to discover God's presence in the world and to involve readers in sympathetic dialogue and active discipleship.

Contents
Introduction: Turning Us On
1. The Pilot Episode: What Is TV?
2. Becoming TV Literate: Formal Analysis
3. Becoming TV Literate: Process and Practice
4. The Telos of TV
5. A Very Brief History of the Church and TV
6. Channeling Theology: TV and God's Wider Presence
7. Ethics: Is There Anything Good on TV?
Conclusion: The Season Finale: To Be Continued
Appendix: Theology from TV
Glossary of TV Terms
Index

  • Format
    Paperback
    ISBN
    9780801030734
    Dimensions
    6 x 9
    Pub. Date
    Dec 2016
    SRP
    $27.99
    Number of pages
    288



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