Popcultured: Thinking Christianly About Style, Media and Entertainment

Popcultured: Thinking Christianly About Style, Media and Entertainment

by Steve Turner
     
 

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There's no avoiding popular culture—we've been enculturated into it. What does it mean to be faithful Christians in a pop culture world? How do we think Christianly about celebrity and leisure? Some Christians try to abstain from "worldly" pursuits, while others consume culture indiscriminately, assuming it has little effect on them. But if Christ is Lord of all

Overview

There's no avoiding popular culture—we've been enculturated into it. What does it mean to be faithful Christians in a pop culture world? How do we think Christianly about celebrity and leisure? Some Christians try to abstain from "worldly" pursuits, while others consume culture indiscriminately, assuming it has little effect on them. But if Christ is Lord of all of life, then there ought to be Christian ways to engage with and appreciate popular culture.

Steve Turner has spent his career chronicling and interviewing people from the worlds of music, film, television, fashion, art and literature. Now he provides an insider's guide to a wide range of entertainment pursuits, with biblical frameworks for understanding pop culture genres and artifacts. Turner explores how movies use redemptive narratives and parablesways journalistic headlines convey worldview assumptionsdifferences between famous people in the past and celebrities todaywhat ideas are communicated through clothing and fashion designhow technology changes our sense of what is realand much more

God entrusts culture to us and gives us the ability to critique it, enjoy it and create it. This book will help you become a better cultural critic, consumer and creator.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Popular culture is often seen as, at worst, immoral and vapid and, at best, unrelated to spirituality. Turner, a pop-music journalist (who wrote the book U2: Rattle and Hum), argues that such views are faulty because popular culture is not only a gift of God but also a space of intentional creativity through which Christians can relate to the world at large. Turner tackles topics including film, celebrities, and comedy, addressing Christian concerns while articulately fleshing out the complexities of these different arenas of popular culture. Questions and “suggestions for action” at the end of each chapter ask readers to be more reflective about their daily experiences. Turner offers not only the tools for critical engagement of popular culture, but also an earnest exploration of what it means to consciously and unconsciously participate and create as Christians in the world. (July)
Christian Librarian
"Many local churches give their members little assistance when it comes to assessing the products of popular culture from a Christian point of view. Those who require help in this area will find much useful material in Steve Turner's Popcultured."
Sue Grise
". . . this is a discussion all Christians desperately need to have."
Ted Turnau
"I do not hesitate to recommend this book heartily. There are precious few good books on popular culture from a Christian perspective, and fewer still that are as ambitious and wide-ranging as this one. Turner provides a welcome addition to a seriously underdeveloped field, a field that requires more attention than it typically gets from Evangelicals. This book deserves a wide and enthusiastic readership."
Rev. Dr. Bob Robinson
"If both Paul and Jesus could use their cultures as springboards for the Gospel, why shouldn't we? And if we want to follow their examples, this volume by Turner offers a well-informed biblical and theological guide to how we might do it."
Jeremy Begbie
"Steve Turner has proved himself one of the most accessible writers on the interaction of faith and culture. Popcultured is a welcome and lively exploration of what is fast becoming a crucial field."
Robert Velarde
"Popular culture surrounds us. Film, television, music and new technologies all influence individuals and society. Learning how to engage pop culture thoughtfully and winsomely is part of our Christian calling. In Popcultured, Steve Turner offers cogent insights and practical wisdom that will help readers understand and evaluate popular culture, encouraging spiritual discernment and theological balance."
Bobette Buster
"Steve Turner is our generation's international treasure. Popcultured holds up an entertaining magnifying lens while revealing how the power of pop culture has come to insinuate itself into every aspect our daily lives. Steve reveals how our seemingly mindless surrender to today's trends causes us to breathe the air of whatever wind is blowing--be it in the way that we dress, our taste in music, political consciousness or even our spiritual beliefs. Whatever the fashion, or fleeting fad, we strive to stay apace without stopping to ask ourselves, 'Why?' This is where Steve Turner's Popcultured anchors us in understanding the trends, by providing abiding wisdom and insight so that we might learn to ask the right questions of our times."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780830837687
Publisher:
InterVarsity Press
Publication date:
06/11/2013
Pages:
254
Sales rank:
1,272,625
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Steve Turner is an English music journalist, biographer and poet, who has spent his career chronicling and interviewing people from the worlds of music, film, television, fashion, art, and literature. His books include Imagine: A Vision for Christians in the Arts, Popcultured: Thinking Christianly About Style, Media and Entertainment, Hungry for Heaven: Rock and Roll and the Search for Redemption, U2: Rattle and Hum, Van Morrison: Too Late to Stop Now, and A Hard Day's Write: The Stories Behind Every Beatles Song.

Originally from Northamptonshire, England, Turner's career as a journalist began as features editor of Beat Instrumental where he interviewed many of the prominent rock musicians of the 1970s. His articles have appeared in Rolling Stone, Mojo, Q, and the London Times, and he has also written several poetry books for both adults and children. He lives in London with his wife and two children.

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