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 in the wake of the computer. 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 non-mediated 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. As the newest book in the Communication, Culture, and Religion Series, Robert Fortner's work illuminates the theological aspects of communication.
A needed and detailed synthesis of Christian ontology/epistemology and contemporary communication theory. Will be a great help to the young scholar.
John P. Ferré
In Communication, Media, and Identity, Robert Fortner takes us on a pilgrimage through Christian thought and social theory to a place where we can see the possibilities of communion and community in communication. This book achieves a rare synthesis of scholarship and evangelical Christian faith.
Clifford G. Christians
A brilliant book, written with the intelligence and beauty of a humanities craftsman. It's erudite, but smart: readable as ever, illustrations that sing, and wisdom with theory. It will speak to what the author calls his 'interpretive community' with the same phosphoresence as John Dewey's The Public and Its Problems did for his. Robert Fortner's definition of communication is the best I've ever seen, and organizing the book around it is a splendid idea. This is imperative reading for the field as a whole.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Figures Chapter 3 Chapter 1: What is Communication? Chapter 4 Chapter 2: Communication: Theology and Theory Chapter 5 Chapter 3: Communication as a Relational Activity Chapter 6 Chapter 4: Communication through Technology Chapter 7 Chapter 5: Communication as if People Mattered Chapter 8 Chapter 6: Communication as Art Chapter 9 Chapter 7: Communication and Culture Chapter 10 Chapter 8: Communication, Information, and Knowledge Chapter 11 Chapter 9: Christian Intimacy and the Self in a Digital World Chapter 12 Chapter 10: Communicating in Cybernetic Culture Chapter 13 Chapter 11: Implications Chapter 14 References Chapter 15 Index