Prophetically Incorrect: A Christian Introduction to Media Criticismby Robert H. Woods
Pub. Date: 08/01/2010
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
"Woods and Patton move easily between popular culture and prophetic tradition, doing so in a puckish, knowing manner that engages and delights. For the knowing reader, this prophetic foray echoes and replicates Jeremiah's savage truthfulness against the temple of his day; only now the temple exists in the liturgies/b>
Media Criticism for Faithful Communicators
"Woods and Patton move easily between popular culture and prophetic tradition, doing so in a puckish, knowing manner that engages and delights. For the knowing reader, this prophetic foray echoes and replicates Jeremiah's savage truthfulness against the temple of his day; only now the temple exists in the liturgies of sitcoms, professional sports, advocacy news, and infomercials. The hunger for truth voiced here is an urgent one."--Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary
"In the debates on this side of heaven over presuppositions, over realism and relativism, over the aesthetics and ethics of popular culture, this book will turn heads and contribute a compelling voice."--Clifford G. Christians, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (from the preface)
"A characteristic fault of prophets is that they are so damn clear, and I use that theologically explosive word intentionally, for prophets speak uneasy truth to a complacent world slipping into damnation. Woods and Patton have crafted a cogent argument for the prophetic imagination. Prophetically Incorrect strikes with keen and accurate insight and disturbs our tiny universes."--Terry Lindvall, Virginia Wesleyan College
"As consumers and critics of the media, we must develop a prophetic voice, say Woods and Patton. This isn't a book for those who are given to knee-jerk reactions or bumper-sticker slogans. But for Christians willing to be courageously reflective, Prophetically Incorrect is a gem."--Em Griffin, Wheaton College; author, A First Look at Communication Theory
"Prophetically Incorrect presents the radical possibility that a moral accounting is and always has been inescapably human. Social health and personal wellbeing keep it at the very center of entertainment, storytelling, and education. In turn, Woods and Patton offer a powerfully consistent argument that leads readers to ask--whether about U2 or Lady Gaga--what's the moral point? Clear-headed and intellectually competent, these authors want seats at the Cynics' Cafe, the Debate of the Disenchanted, and the Church Council--all of which will be challenged by their presence."--Mark Fackler, Calvin College
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Table of ContentsForeword: The Audacity of Prophetic Truth (Quentin J. Schultze, Calvin College)
Preface: The Moral Order (Clifford G. Christians, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Introduction: Prophetically Incorrect
1. Communicating Faithfully in a Culture of Ideological Division
2. Cultivating a Prophetic Voice
3. Becoming Burdened
4. Considering Humanity's Plight
5. Rejecting a Spirit of Acceptance
6. Shocking the Complacent
7. Promoting Prophetic Critique of Technology: A Case Study
Conclusion: Considering the Downs and Ups of Prophetic Media Criticism
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* walked up to the group*
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