Spectacle of Worship in a Wired World

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Although other books discuss how to involve multi-media elements in worship, The Spectacle of Worship in a Wired World is the first to explore how electric culture shapes people's perceptions and expectations of what worship is. The new electronic culture, explains Tex Sample, is a culture that involves fundamentally different ways of experiencing and knowing the world. It is also a culture that holds tremendous challenges for all areas of the life of the church, none more so than its worship. Sample points out ...
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Overview

Although other books discuss how to involve multi-media elements in worship, The Spectacle of Worship in a Wired World is the first to explore how electric culture shapes people's perceptions and expectations of what worship is. The new electronic culture, explains Tex Sample, is a culture that involves fundamentally different ways of experiencing and knowing the world. It is also a culture that holds tremendous challenges for all areas of the life of the church, none more so than its worship. Sample points out that if we hope to reach the generations that have grown up with television and other electronic media as daily parts of their lives, we must understand what electronic culture is, and begin to think about how the church's worship can learn from it and adapt to it. Examining the three central elements of electronic culture - images, sound as beat, and visualization - Sample demonstrates that meaning arises for those steeped in this culture from the convergence of these elements, rather than from any one of them individually. He goes on to discuss how these are already present in Christian worship, and how they might be made more evident. In addition, he explains that worship can serve as a corrective and critique of electronic culture, and concludes the book with suggestions for how to build worship around an awareness of this new kind of culture.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687083732
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 8/8/2008
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Tex Sample is a free lance lecturer, workshop leader and preacher. He serves as the coordinator of The Network for the Study of U.S. Lifestyles. From 1967-1999 he was the Robert B. and Kathleen Rogers Professor of Church and Society at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Ch. 1 Electronic Culture and the Reconstruction of Our Lives 11
Ch. 2 Engaging the World Through Images 21
Ch. 3 Sound As Beat 34
Ch. 4 The Visual As Visualization 45
Ch. 5 Indigenous Practices in an Electronic Culture: Spectacle and Performance 54
Ch. 6 Indigenous Practices in an Electronic Culture: Soul Music and Dance 63
Ch. 7 Convergence, Experience, Meaning, and Commitment 76
Ch. 8 Spectacle, Story, and Community 87
Ch. 9 Electronic Critique 95
Ch. 10 Spectacle As Worship 105
Ch. 11 An Illustrated Worship Service 113
Notes 123
Select Bibliography 130
Index 137
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