Hollywood Faith: Holiness, Prosperity, and Ambition in a Los Angeles Church

Hollywood Faith: Holiness, Prosperity, and Ambition in a Los Angeles Church

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by Gerardo Marti
     
 

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In Christianity, as with most religions, attaining holiness and a higher spirituality while simultaneously pursuing worldly ideals such as fame and fortune is nearly impossible. So how do people pursuing careers in Hollywood's entertainment industry maintain their religious devotion without sacrificing their career goals? For some, the answer lies just two miles south…  See more details below

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In Christianity, as with most religions, attaining holiness and a higher spirituality while simultaneously pursuing worldly ideals such as fame and fortune is nearly impossible. So how do people pursuing careers in Hollywood's entertainment industry maintain their religious devotion without sacrificing their career goals? For some, the answer lies just two miles south of the historic center of Hollywood, California, at the Oasis Christian Center.

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Executive Director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture, University of S - Donald E. Miller

Drawing on rich ethnographic data from his study of Oasis Christian Center in Hollywood, Gerardo Marti describes an emergent style of neo-Pentecostal worship and religious community that speaks to members of the 'creative class' of youthful Millennials who are in their 20s and early 30s. This cutting-edge analysis of where religion may be heading is theoretically sophisticated and yet highly readable.

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ISBN-13:
9780813545639
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
09/04/2008
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
File size:
1 MB

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Gerardo Marti is an assistant professor of sociology at Davidson College in North Carolina.

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Hollywood Faith: Holiness, Prosperity, and Ambition in a Los Angeles Church 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Walt_Bower More than 1 year ago
Gerardo Marti's book, grounded in careful ethnographic work, helps us make sense of the tension between evangelical Christianity and the Hollywood entertainment industry through a fascinating study of the Oasis Christian Center, a multiracial church in Hollywood. Marti makes a compelling argument demonstrating how believers at Oasis overcome disappointment and heartache experienced in the Hollywood industry. Using the metaphor of "champion of life," Marti shows how Oasis believers develop a new religious identity nurtured within a relational Christian community. In addition, the first part of the book includes an interesting history of the emergence of the entertainment industry in Hollywood. The undergraduate students in my sociology of religion course found the book fun to read, particularly the timely discussion of the obsession with celebrity in the United States. This accessible book should be read by anyone interested in the future of American religious organizations in the twenty-first century. --Walt Bower, University of Kentucky