Religion As Entertainment

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Theologians and academics in the history of religion, clinical psychology, English, and speech, are the contributors to this collection of 14 essays on American religion. The papers consider religion as entertainment and the treatment of religion in American entertainment. The topics include the changing role of the laity in liturgical churches, preaching as entertainment according to the Fathers of the Church, televangelism, the Toronto Blessing, Oprah's Book Club as a secular canon, treatment of religion in popular television science fiction programs, and the depiction of spirituality on prime-time shows. Annotation c. Book News, Inc.,Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820456546
  • Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 301

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Great Awakening: American Religion Comes of Age 7
2 Megachurch, Virtual Church 27
3 From Spectators to Participants: The Role of the Laity 47
4 Preaching: Entertaining or Entertainment? 67
5 When East Meets West: The Rise of Meditation 79
6 Cult Multiculturalism in the Deep South: From Alienation to Alien Nations 105
7 It's Not That Simple: A Survey of Televangelism 121
8 The Toronto Blessing and the Future of Revivalism 137
9 Religion, But Not as We Know It: Spirituality and Sci-Fi 153
10 The Gospel According to Oprah: A Canon for Contemporary Living 173
11 The God of Prime-Time Television 193
12 Ministers in the Movies 221
13 Amazing Graceland: Elvis and the Story of Gospel Music 243
14 It's Only Rock and Roll 269
Conclusion: Entertaining Religion 293
List of Contributors 295
Index 299
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