God and Popular Culture: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Entertainment Industry's Most Influential Figure

Editors: Murray, Stephen Butler and Light, Aimee Upjohn
Publication Year: 2015
Publisher: Praeger

ISBN: 978-1-44-080179-2
Category: Religion & Theology
Book Status: Pending
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The volumes of God and Popular Culture: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Entertainment Industry's Most Influential Figure provide readers with a balanced and accessible analysis of this fascinating topic that allows anyone who appreciates any art, music, television, film, and other forms of entertainment to have a new perspective on a favorite song or movie. The book discusses the intersections of God with film, television, sports, politics, commerce, and popular culture, thereby documenting how the ongoing messages and conversations about God that occur among the general population also occur within the context of the entertainment that we as members of society consume-often without our recognition of the discussion.

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  • Volume 1
  • Introduction - Stephen Butler Murray and Aimée Upjohn Light
  • Chapter One: Religion and Pop Cultures: What Do Seekers Seek? - Thomas G. Bandy
  • Chapter Two: Proving Harry Potter Is Not Heretical: An Investigation into the God of Harry Potter and the Culture of Seekers - Danielle Elizabeth Tumminio
  • Chapter Three: Waking the Dead: Zombie Apocalypse, Human Transcendence, and the Question of God - Gregory W. Carmer
  • Chapter Four: The Ocean of Forgiveness: Grace and Eschatology in Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life - Thomas Cattoi
  • Chapter Five: Men and Their Inner Healing: New Insights from Contemporary Drama and Film - Ronald W. Baard
  • Chapter Six: Jesus in the Cinema: The Misrepresentation of the Christ-Figure in Popular Film - John Bechtold
  • Chapter Seven: “Stasis Interrupted”: Christianity and Subjectivity in David Fincher's Alien - Ian McCausland
  • Chapter Eight: Theological, Cultural, and Cinematic Issues in The Greatest Story Ever Told and The Passion of the Christ - Richard O'Connell
  • Chapter Nine: Love on the Screen: Religion, Gestalt, and Emotion in Cinema - Jari Ristiniemi
  • Chapter Ten: God—The Unacknowledged Spirit of Healing in Film: A Tillichian Analysis of - Harold and Maude Matthew Lon Weaver
  • Chapter Eleven: On the Future Edge of Now: God in Person of Interest - Valerie Elverton Dixon
  • Chapter Twelve: Easter in Margaritaville: Evolving Christology in South Park - Michelle J. Morris
  • Chapter Thirteen: Montage, Metaphor, and Homage to The Twilight Zone: The Christian Performance of Belief in New Media - Rachel Wagner
  • Chapter Fourteen: The Increasing Pluralism of the United States as Seen on Prime-Time Network Television in the Past 20 Years - Hannah Adams Ingram
  • Chapter Fifteen: Creating God in Joan of Arcadia: A View into the Religiosity of Youth and Young Adults in America - Alicia Vermeer
  • Chapter Sixteen: The Courage to Be … a Dirty Little Freak: Tillich, Pink, and Gaga - Courtney Wilder
  • Chapter Seventeen: Reflekting on Arcade Fire: Regaining Passion through Carnival and Kierkegaard - T. Mark McConnell
  • Chapter Eighteen: Singing the “Good News” of God: An Overview of Gospel Music - Echol Nix, Jr.
  • About the Editors and Contributors
  • Volume 2
  • Chapter One: Soccer Is My Religion, the Stadium Is My Church: Soccer and/as Religion - Rebecca A. Chabot with Jason Neal
  • Chapter Two: Cage Fighting for Jesus - Carmen Celestini
  • Chapter Three: Evangelical Fight Clubs and the Power of Religious Metaphor - B. J. Parker, Rebecca Whitten Poe Hays, and Nicholas R. Werse
  • Chapter Four: Python Wrassling: “Is God Really Real, or Is There Some Doubt?”Brian Cogan and Jeff Massey
  • Chapter Five: God in the Well of the Senate - Jeremy G. Mallory
  • Chapter Six: The Evangelist and the Venture Capitalist: A Parable for the 21st Century - Robert Brancatelli
  • Chapter Seven: Ministering to the Spiritual Side of Trade: The Sacred Language of Advertising - Andris Berry
  • Chapter Eight: Theologizing Together: Media as Mediator of Meaning - Paula J. Lee
  • Chapter Nine: A Shared Critical Ethic for Media Images and Liturgy - Jann Cather Weaver
  • Chapter Ten: God in the Smartphone: Sacred or Sacrilege? - Joyce Ann Konigsburg
  • Chapter Eleven: “In Jesus Christ, the Medium and the Message Are Fully One and the Same”: Deriving a Media Theology from the Works of Marshall McLuhan - David E. Beard and David Gore
  • Chapter Twelve: Poets: God's Prophets - Steven Berry
  • Chapter Thirteen: Finding God in Near-Death Experiences, Art, and Science - Paul H. Carr
  • Chapter Fourteen: Gods in Indian Popular Jokes - Amitabh Vikram Dwivedi
  • Chapter Fifteen: The Presence of the Cross in Popular Culture: A Womanist Perspective - Andriette Jordan-Fields
  • Chapter Sixteen: African Language, Drum, and Dance: Powerful Symbols of God's Saving Mystery - Guido Oliana
  • Chapter Seventeen: Puppetry and the Divine/Human Relationship - Carolyn D. Roark
  • Chapter Eighteen: Is There God at the End of Bill Viola's “Room for St. John of the Cross”?: The Via Negativa as an Aesthetic Experience - Carlos Vara Sánchez
  • About the Editors and Contributors