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Religion and Popular Culture in America / Edition 2

Religion and Popular Culture in America / Edition 2

by Bruce David Forbes, Jeffrey H. MahanBruce David Forbes
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"A solid introduction to the dialogue between the disciplines of cultural studies and religion. . .. A substantive foundation for subsequent exploration."—Religious Studies Review

"A splendid collection of lively essays by fourteen scholars dealing with religion and popular culture on the contemporary American scene."—Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520246898
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 11/17/2005
Edition description: First Edition, Revised Edition
Pages: 339
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Bruce David Forbes is Professor of Religious Studies at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. Jeffrey H. Mahan is Academic Vice President and Dean of the Faculty at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado and coauthor of Shared Wisdom: A Guide to Case Study Reflection in Ministry (1993).

Table of Contents

Introduction: Finding Religion in Unexpected Places1
Part 1Religion In Popular Culture21
1The Oriental Monk in American Popular Culture25
2Consecrating Consumer Culture: Christmas Television Specials44
3From American Dream to American Horizon: The Religious Dimension in Louis L'Amour and Cormac McCarthy56
4Like a Sermon: Popular Religion in Madonna Videos77
Part 2Popular Culture In Religion101
5Evangelicals and Popular Music: The Contemporary Christian Music Industry105
6The Electronic Golden Calf: Transforming Ritual and Icon125
7The Cross at Willow Creek: Seeker Religion and the Contemporary Marketplace145
Part 3Popular Culture As Religion161
8It's about Faith in Our Future: Star Trek Fandom as Cultural Religion165
9Losing Their Way to Salvation: Women, Weight Loss, and the Salvation Myth of Culture Lite180
10An American Apotheosis: Sports as Popular Religion201
11The Church of Baseball, the Fetish of Coca-Cola, and the Potlatch of Rock 'n' Roll219
Part 4Religion and Popular Culture in Dialogue239
12The Disguise of Vengeance in Pale Rider243
13Rap Music and Its Message: On Interpreting the Contact between Religion and Popular Culture258
14Lost in Cyberspace?: Gender, Difference, and the Internet "Utopia"276
Conclusion: Establishing a Dialogue about Religion and Popular Culture292
Selected Bibliography305

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