Pop Goes Religion: Faith in Popular Culture [NOOK Book]


Johnny Cash, Harry Potter, the Simpsons, and John Grisham. What do all of these icons in pop culture have to do with faith? Find the answer in Pop Goes Religion; relevant insight into the world of today's entertainment.

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Johnny Cash, Harry Potter, the Simpsons, and John Grisham. What do all of these icons in pop culture have to do with faith? Find the answer in Pop Goes Religion; relevant insight into the world of today's entertainment.

In this collection of essays, popular American journalist, Terry Mattingly teaches readers how to identify elements of faith in today's pop culture.

Topics include:

  • God&Popular Music
  • Faith&the Big Screen
  • God on TV
  • Ink, Paper, and God
  • Politics and Current Events

From music to movies, politics to the pope, Mattingly explores the matters of the heart with a fresh and relevant perspective.

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Hollywood's influence on morality and religious values has always aroused controversy, though surprisingly little of lasting value has been published on the subject. Pop collects the syndicated "On Religion" columns of journalist Mattingly, who is interested in how movies, music, television, and publishing intersect and collide with religion. Subjects range from the significant (reaction to and influence of Mel Gibson's box-office smash The Passion of the Christ) to the trivial (born-again actress Rene Russo's decision to do nudity in The Thomas Crown Affair). The essays themselves are brief and likely to date quickly. Hollywood-based writers and editors Lewerenz and Nicolosi also believe that popular arts play an important role in the American religious scene today. Their collection is published under the editorial supervision of Act One-an organization that aims to train Christian writers to work in the film industry-and features Hollywood writers and producers who acknowledge the lack of understanding and depth in modern movie coverage of religious issues and the failed tactic of blaming Hollywood. Instead, they bid committed Christians to act as "apostles and artists" by supporting one another and learning filmmaking skills, thereby extending their ministry beyond the narrow flock to the wider world. Topics include what makes a good Christian film, what kind of stories should be told, and how to start and survive in Hollywood. Some essays seem a bit simplistic, but the book puts a refreshingly positive spin on a rarely covered topic. While Pop is marginal for most libraries, Screen can be recommended for public or academic libraries where Michael Medved's broadside Hollywood vs. America has found a responsive audience.-Stephen Rees, Levittown Lib., PA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781418577568
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/13/2005
  • Sold by: THOMAS NELSON
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,101,944
  • File size: 586 KB

Table of Contents

Editor's Note xi
Foreword xiii
Introduction xv
God and Popular Music 1
U2 Bedevils the Modern Church
At the Crossroads
Do the Math
The Rock for Life Pledge
Elvis: A Prodigal Son?
Rich Mullins: Enigmatic, Restless, Catholic
Songs for Souls in Hard Times
Bleeping Baptists Pray for Bleeping Ozzy
Worship for Sale, Worship for Sale
The Testimony of Johnny Cash
Bono's Crusade on the Road
Big Ideas on the Big Screen 29
"The Passion" of Old Words and Symbols
"Titanic": The Sixties as Sacraments
Signals from Hollywood Heaven
Duvall on Sweat, Sin and the South
The Late Great Planet Hollywood
A Hail Mary for Hollywood
Should a Christian Do a Nude Scene?
Mission? Filling In Some "Holes"
A Chick Flick to Remember
Hollywood After "The Passion"
Not a "Rookie" Faith
"The Passion" and the Talmud
Beyond the Baptist Boycott
God on TV 65
Beyond "Becky Goes to Bible Camp"
God, Man and "The Simpsons"
Freud Meets Lewis on PBS
The Very Rev. Ted Turner Speaks
Oprah, "Babe" and Religious Liberty
Jim Bakker's Other Conspiracy
Carl Sagan: Televangelist
Veggies Attack the Funny Gap
Home-Schoolers: The Anti-Woodstock Generation
Vanilla Values on the D.C. Mall
Ink, Paper and God 93
Walking With C.S. Lewis
Harry Potter and Free Will
John Grisham's Pulpit
Comic-Book Visionaries
Reading the Sporting Jews
Romeo and Juliet, Born Again
J.K. Rowling: Inkling?
Yes, There Is a Mitford
All Those "Left Behind" Catholics
Chaim Potok and Storytelling
Harry Potter for Grown-up Believers
The Gospel According to "The Gospel According to..." Books
Flights of Filmed Fantasy 125
George Lucas, the Force and God
God, Man, Hobbits and J.R.R. Tolkien
"Star Wars": The Only Parable in Town
J.R.R. Tolkien, Sin and Creation
God-Talk After "The Matrix": Pop Gnostics
God-Talk After "The Matrix": Theology for Sale
Trust Your Feelings, Darth?
Vague Faith in Middle Earth
"Constantine": And All the People Said, "Whoa"
"The Matrix": The Apocalypse
The Visions of Tolkien and Jackson
Star Culture Wars
Pop Media, Real Life 157
Looking for a New God, a Fresh Creed?
Faith Popcorn's Spiritual Cocktails
A Brand Name for Your Soul
Bobos "R" Us
Lent: Fasting From Television
Catholic College Culture Wars
Praying With the Digital Natives
Just Another Sunday at Saddleback
Mysterious Echoes of Gunshots
Intolerant Christians in the Public Square
Worship Wars in the Pews
Notes 187
Index 189
About the Author 199
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2013

    The book "Pop Goes Religion" by Terry mattingly is abo

    The book "Pop Goes Religion" by Terry mattingly is about one mans understanding of what has happened to religion within popular culture. The book is composed of a collection of excerpts from different articles written by Mr. Mattingly. They are not bias in anyway, but they are a bit outdated some information as old as 13 years old, However it is still a good book for christians and other religions alike. The book talks about how religion, specifically Christianity, is bashed and forgotten in current pop culture while most christians just sit and watch as it happens, They dont have the spiritual tools to pick up on it so easily. A good read.

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