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Theology and Popular Culture : Blackwell Guides to Theology - Kelton Cobb

Theology and Popular Culture

Blackwell Guides to Theology


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<i>The Blackwell Guide to Theology of Popular Culture</i> outlines various general theories of popular culture, identifies theologians and theological concepts that are conducive to analyzing popular culture, and explores religious themes that are asserting themselves through popular movies, novels, music, television shows and advertising. <br><li>A timely examination and contribution to the rapidly expanding field of theology and popular culture <br><li>Locates the theological analysis of culture alongside political, sociological, economic, aesthetic and psychological analyses <br><li>Surveys the work of religious and theological scholars who have turned their attention to popular culture <br><li>Considers classic Christian thinkers who have wrestled with culture, such as St. Paul, Tertullian, Augustine, Schleiermacher, Tillich, and Ricoeur <br><li>Proposes a method for analysing culture to discern its religious content <br><li>Identifies religious themes in popular culture <br><li>Uses illustrations, ranging from the fiction of Nick Hornby to Six Feet Under <br><li>An appendix provides lists of films, novels, television series, consumer products, architectural works, cultural events, and corporate icons that lend themselves to theological analysis.</li>

"Kelton Cobb draws on insights from a variety of disciplinesto provide us with a ground-breaking theological investigation ofpopular culture. Offering a highly nuanced alternative to both theelite despisers and the uncritical celebrants, he probes the waysin which profound spiritual impulses are often at work just belowthe surface of popular culture. This book will serve as animportant reference point for all future studies in thisincreasingly important field." Richard J. Mouw, FullerTheological Seminary

"What makes this theologically-informed analysis so usefulis Cobb's creative engagement with popular culture that istheoretically grounded in cultural studies as well as theologicalstudies. This strikes me as a major contribution to the culturalstudy of religions and the theological study of cultures. "Gary Laderman, Emory University

"There is much to commend in Cobb's book. It is well-written, itis grounded in careful scholarship (and an evident love for thesubject), and it makes some very stimulating connections betweentheology and popular culture... The book will be particularlyuseful for theology students who are new to the discipline ofcultural studies and will find it valuable in beginning to makeconnections between their existing theological knowledge and thestudy of popular culture." Journal of Contemporary Religion, Vol21, No 3


PART I: Theories of Popular Culture.

1. Popular Culture.

2. Cultural Studies.

3. Theology and Culture.

4. Theological Tools.

PART II: A Theology of Popular Culture.

5. Images of God.

6. Human Nature.

7. Sin.

8. Salvation.

9. Life Everlasting.




ISBN: 9781405107020
ISBN-10: 1405107022
Series: Blackwell Guides to Theology
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 354
Published: 1st July 2005
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 15.49  x 2.41
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Annotated