Communication, Media, and Identity: A Christian Theory of Communication

Communication, Media, and Identity: A Christian Theory of Communication

by Robert S. Fortner
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0742551946

ISBN-13: 9780742551947

Pub. Date: 12/01/2006

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Communication, Media, and Identity: A Christian Theory of Communication is the first comprehensive theoretical look at the nature of communication from a biblical Christian perspective. This groundbreaking new work discusses the implications of such a theory for interpersonal relations, use of media, and the development of digital culture. It also draws widely from

Overview

Communication, Media, and Identity: A Christian Theory of Communication is the first comprehensive theoretical look at the nature of communication from a biblical Christian perspective. This groundbreaking new work discusses the implications of such a theory for interpersonal relations, use of media, and the development of digital culture. It also draws widely from the literature of the secular world, critiquing perspectives where necessary and adopting perspectives that are in line with Christian anthropology, epistemology, and ontology. Through this unique lens, the reader is able to understand communication as an art, as a tool for evangelism, and as a unique human activity that allows people to have a stake in the creation. It covers both mediated and nonmediated forms of communication, is sensitive to theological differences within the Christian faith, and examines closely the problem of technology, and especially digital technology, for the practice of communication.

About the Author:
Robert S. Fortner is professor of communication at Calvin College

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742551947
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/01/2006
Series:
Communication, Culture, and Religion Series
Pages:
298
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.05(d)

Table of Contents


List of Tables and Figures     ix
Preface     xi
Acknowledgments     xv
What Is Communication?     1
Communication: Theology and Theory     25
Communication as a Relational Activity     51
Communication through Technology?     77
Communication as If People Mattered     113
Communication as Art     137
Communication and Culture     161
Communication, Information, and Knowledge     185
Christian Intimacy and the Self in a Digital World     209
Communicating in Cybernetic Culture     231
Implications     249
Bibliography     257
Index     275
About the Author     281

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