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Media, Religion and Culture An Introduction

ISBN-10: 0415683203
ISBN-13: 9780415683203
Edition: 2014
Authors: Jeffrey H. Mahan
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Description: Religion has always been shaped by the media of its day, as when the early Christians used the fish as a secret symbol of their identity. These days religious believers and institutions use Facebook, bumper stickers, YouTube and many other channels  More...

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Book details

List price: $49.95
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 7/24/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 178
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Religion has always been shaped by the media of its day, as when the early Christians used the fish as a secret symbol of their identity. These days religious believers and institutions use Facebook, bumper stickers, YouTube and many other channels to communicate, build communities and express their identities. We live in a media culture that informs much of what we think and how we behave. This book offersthe first comprehensive introduction to the contemporary field of religion, media and culture.The chapters: look at ways of thinking about media and religion as part of culture, conceptual tools for exploring and interpreting the field, and different forms of media institution. examine the media in traditional religion, the way religious communities interact with news and entertainment media, and how popular ideas about religion are affected bynews media. dicuss the impact of the media on religious change, the creation of religious identity through media, and ritual activity involving the media. Jeffrey Mahan takes a lively non-technical approach andincorporates arange of case studiescontributed by leading researchers in the field.

Bruce David Forbes is Professor of Religious Studies at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. Jeffrey H. Mahan is Associate Professor of Ministry, Media, and Culture at Iliff School of Theology in Denver and coauthor of Shared Wisdom: A Guide to Case Study Reflection in Ministry (1993).

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