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Entertainment Theology: New-Edge Spirituality in a Digital Democracy (Cultural Exegesis) [Paperback]

By Barry Taylor (Author)
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Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.8" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 31, 2008
Publisher   Baker Publishing Group
ISBN  0801032377  
EAN  9780801032370  

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The postsecular age is fashioning religion in the twenty-first century, challenging traditional Christianity. Yet interest in spirituality is rising: "God has become one of Time magazine's favorite cover boys and spirituality has become a fashion accessory," writes Barry Taylor in Entertainment Theology. He exhorts Christians to embrace new vehicles to communicate Gospel truth--or face extinction. Taylor envisions Christianity's future as "spirituality over religion" and believes Christians must rethink the sacred in a democratized world. Taking snapshots from numerous fields--including theology, cultural studies, sociology, and pop culture--he explores the broad spectrum of factors affecting religious life today. Taylor suggests a move away from traditional Christian religion, proposing instead a manifestation of Christianity as a religion not of the past but of the present and the future. Professors and students in theology, sociology, cultural anthropology, and missiology courses will benefit, while culture watchers and emerging-church readers will discover thought-provoking hope for Christianity's future.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Craig Detweiler (M.F.A., University of Southern California, School of Cinema/TV) is an accomplished screenwriter whose movies include Extreme Days. He is the codirector of Reel Spirituality, an annual international film roundtable conference. Detweiler is also chair and associate professor of mass communications at Biola University. Barry Taylor (Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary), adjunct professor of popular culture and theology at Fuller, is a professional musician, painter, and the leader of New Ground, an alternative worship gathering in Los Angeles.

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Entertaining but serious theology  Aug 13, 2008
Barry Taylor is artist in residence for the Brehm center and an adjunct professor at Fuller Theological Seminary where he taught classes on music, film and contemporary theology. He is also an associate rector at All Saints Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills.

The engagement of Christianity and culture has always been a thorny issue and in the past many would have been burnt on the stake for their heretic views. However, with post-Christendom, post-modernism and the rise of Web 2.0, the context of theology and Christianity has radically changed.

However, Christianity has not been willing to change but cling to its old structure and organisation. Taylor argues for a 'democratized spirituality' in that Christianity must decentralise and become a people's religion. He is arguing for a change in the form but not the content of the faith. The form will ride along the with the 'new globalized cultural imaginary.' There will hence be many Christian spiritualities instead of one 'old fashioned Christianity.' These Christian spiritualities will embrace many of the good features of the prevalent culture. The gospel message will be transmitted along the channels which entertainment is delivered to us today.

Taylor makes a strong case for Christianity to remain relevant to the prevailing culture. However, he sometimes skirt too close to the line that demarcate inclusiveness and exclusiveness of Christianity.


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