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Popologetics: Popular Culture in Christian Perspective
P & R Publishing / 2012 / Paperback
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It's everywhere.all around us.so widespread it's almost part of the air we breathe. Some people love it, some people hate it, and some try to shrug it off or pretend it's not there. But, like it or not, notice it or not, popular culture plays a huge role in our day-to-day lives, often influencing the way we think and see the world.
Some people respond by trying to pull away from pop culture altogether, and some accept it without question as a blessing. In Popologetics: Popular Culture in Christian Persepctive Ted Turnau reminds us that the issue is not so black-and white. Popular culture, like any other facet of society, is a messy mixture of both grace and idolatry, and it deserves our serious attention and discernment.
Learn how to approach popular culture wisely, separating its gems of grace from its temptations toward idolatry, and practice some popologetics to be an influence of your own.
Is popular culture sinful or an imperfect reflection of God's creativity? Turnau helps us understand popular culture from a biblical perspective; why Christian approaches often fail; and how to engage its challenges.
Ted Turnau does a great service toward helping Christians engage their culture with both conviction and open-mindedness...and offers excellent practical application for how to both appreciate pop culture and fairly critique it.
Hollywood Screenwriter, Author of Hollywood Worldviews
This is one of the freshest and most original books I have read in ages...A fine blend of worldview apologetics and cutting-edge cultural analysis...I thoroughly commend it.
-Richard M. Cunningham,
CEO, Intervarsity UK
A tour-de-force. Written incisively, with appropriate humor, and especially using up-to-date examples from the field of popular culture...there is nothing remotely like it in print today. I recommend it enthusiastically.
-William Edgar, Professor of Apologetics, Westminster Theological Seminary
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Author: Ted Turnau
Located in: Prague, Czech Republic
Submitted: May 17, 2012
Tell us a little about yourself. I got my M.Div. and Ph.D. in apologetics from Westminster in Philadelphia. My family moved to Prague in 1999, and we've lived here since. I teach cultural and religious studies at a couple of colleges here in Prague, as well as apologetics to high school seniors at a local Christian school. And I teach at a couple of seminaries (one in Latvia, one in Wales). We invite students and friends over to our house for movie discussion nights and other events. I have a wife and 3 kids (they help a lot in keeping me current with popular culture). And we have a cat named Enkidu.
What was your motivation behind this project? I don't think that Christians know how to respond to popular culture well. And since our world is heavily influenced by popular culture, that means we don't really know how to respond to our world that well. Instead of rejecting or uncritically drinking in popular culture, I'd like to see Christians practice a wise engagement.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I want to give Christians tools for bridging the gap between their faith life and popular culture. I want to give them a perspective out of which they can engage the culture around them. I think that will lead to really interesting conversations with friends, family and neighbors. I want to help Christians be in and yet not of the world.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? First, I enjoy popular culture. But it's a challenge not to just switch off and let it flow over me. In the end, you get a far richer experience of both popular culture and God's grace from critically interacting with it as a Christian. Second, my wife and I actually use this stuff in talking with our students and with our kids. It's proven very helpful.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? There are a lot, but here are a few: the Reformed apologist Cornelius Van Til, my mentor Bill Edgar, Paul Ricoeur (I did my dissertation on him), Francis Schaeffer, Calvin Seerveld, Tolkien and Lewis, the Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski, Joss Whedon, and so many more.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Try to read the book with an open mind, but judge everything you read there against Scripture. Also, if you get bogged down, skip ahead. The really juicy stuff happens in chapters 10 and 11. You can always go back if you have questions.
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