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Vendor: Baker Academic
Publication Date: 2008
Series: Cultural Exegesis
Taking snapshots from theology, cultural studies, sociology, and pop culture, Taylor explores a myriad of factors affecting religious life since the 1970s, including technology, fashion, celebrity, and global communications. He exhorts 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.
For scholars, seminary students, culture watchers, and emerging-church readers, Entertainment Theology offers thought-provoking hope for Christianity's future.
"Barry Taylor has a remarkable ability to bring together perspectives on contemporary culture that other commentators often miss. His wide-ranging understanding of both culture and practical theology come together in a conversation that is accessible as well as provocative. No serious scholar can afford to ignore Taylor's insights on the interaction of culture and spirituality." -John Drane, author, The McDonaldization of the Church
"Barry Taylor's Entertainment Theology is a powerful and provocative summons to renewed attentiveness to the strange new world rising up around us. Against the tendency to defensively dismiss emerging spiritualities as either uselessly nebulous or somehow demeaning to religious tradition, Taylor articulates the more excellent way of critical affirmation, celebrating what he sees as a democratization of spirit and a shift toward a more globally minded, yet communal, conversation about the meaning of God. Entertainment Theology is the place where Donnie Darko, Buddhism, the Lorax, Tom Waits, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights interface. It announces the end of the tired, old world where these conversations were thought to be beyond the pale and challenges us to see the postmodern world (on the way and already here) as an ever-emerging opportunity for redemptive and redeeming reassessment. Intensely recommended." -David Dark, author, Everyday Apocalypse
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.