Christianity and the Mass Media in America: Toward a Democratic Accommodation

Christianity and the Mass Media in America: Toward a Democratic Accommodation

by Quentin J. Schultze
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0870137743

ISBN-13: 9780870137747

Pub. Date: 11/28/2005

Publisher: Michigan State University Press

Addressing the relationship between the mass media and Christian tribes in the US, Schultze (communication arts and sciences, Calvin College) finds a dynamic tension between civil generality in the former and a sectarian particularity in the latter. Christianity has a metanarrative in which God acts in real human history, he says, while the mainstream media has a

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Addressing the relationship between the mass media and Christian tribes in the US, Schultze (communication arts and sciences, Calvin College) finds a dynamic tension between civil generality in the former and a sectarian particularity in the latter. Christianity has a metanarrative in which God acts in real human history, he says, while the mainstream media has a subnarrative of immanence in which human action is the beginning and end of history. He argues that the underlying tension and frequent cooperation can contribute positively to public and private life in democratic America. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780870137747
Publisher:
Michigan State University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2005
Series:
Rhetoric and Public Affairs Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
440
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Chapter 1Conversing about Faith and Media in America7
The Rhetoric of Conversion
The Rhetoric of Discernment
The Rhetoric of Communion
The Rhetoric of Exile
The Rhetoric of Praise
Chapter 2Praising Technology: Evangelical Populism Embraces American Futurism45
Christian Optimism and Technology
Evangelical Theology and Mass Communication
The Mythos of the Electronic Church
Prophetic Mythos As Science Fiction
Chapter 3Leading the Tribes Out of Exile: The Religious Press Discerns Broadcasting89
Pressing for Tribal Loyalties in a Strange Land
Commonweal: The Primacy of Community
America: Freedom of the Airways
Christian Century: The Ecumenical Spirit
Christianity Today: Marketing the Gospel
Catholic World: An Apostolic Tool
Chapter 4Converting to Consumerism: Evangelical Radio Embraces the Market139
The Rise of Religious Radio
The "Bazaar" Rhetoric of Public Interest
Marketing Religion on the Radio
The Struggle over Network Broadcasting
Marketing Religious Consumerism
Chapter 5Searching for Communion: The Christian Metanarrative Meets Popular Mythology175
Religious Uses of Narrative Communication
The Liturgical Character of Mass-Mediated Narratives
Media Criticism As Tribal Exegesis and Prophetic Imagination
Four Examples of Tribal Criticism
Chapter 6Communing with Civil Sin: Mainstream Media Purge Evil221
From Sin to Evil
Civil Sin
Civil Sinners As Victims of Immanent Causality
Purging Civil Sinners from the Media World
Chapter 7Discerning Professional Journalism: Reporters Adopt Fundamentalist Discourse263
News As the "Good News"
Mainstream Journalism as Informational Fundamentalism
The Power of News As Unimaginative Social Liturgy
Christian News in the Public Square
Chapter 8Praising Democracy: Embracing Religion in a Mass-Mediated Society309
Balancing Culture in Time and Space
Balancing Tribal and Public Interests
Balancing Religious and Secular Culture
Balancing Technology and Culture
Notes353
Index423

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