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As long as there has been a church, there has been Christian communication—"people of the book" bearing "the good news" from one place to another, persuading, teaching and even delighting an ever-broadening audience with the message of the gospel.
Amid ongoing advances in technology and an ever-more-multicultural context, however, the time has come for a broad appraisal of the state of evangelical communications. Quentin Schultze and Robert H. Woods Jr. have assembled scholars from across the country to analyze and assess a wide range of media including
radiopopular musicworship music and mediatelevisionfilmperiodicalsbooksInternetchurch dramacomicsgamingtheme parksadvertisingpublic relationsmerchandising
These shifting media, and the communications enterprise as a whole, are put in cultural and ethical perspective. Also addressed are Catholic and Jewish perspectives on the state of religious media.
This project is ongoing. For additional resources and further conversation, visit understandingevangelicalmedia.com.
Foreword by Clifford G. Christians
1. Getting the Conversation Going About Media and Culture
Quentin J. Schultze and Robert H. Woods Jr.
2. Looking Beyond Radio for Listeners
Paul A. Creasman
3. Thinking Outside the Tribal TV Box
4. Moving from Film to Digital Movies
Terry Lindvall and Andrew Quicke
5. Pursuing New Periodicals in Print and Online
6. Publishing Books for the Tribe and Beyond
Michael A. Longinow
7. Practicing Worship Media Beyond PowerPoint
8. Going Digital with Contemporary Christian Music
9. Praising God with Popular Worship Music
Robert H. Woods Jr.
10. Following Pilgrims into Cyberspace
Quentin J. Schultze
11. Evangelicals in Theater: Inching Toward Center Stage
Paul D. Patton
12 Faith-Based Theme Parks and Museums: Multidemensional Media
13. Merchandising Jesus Products
Diane M. Badzinski
14. Converting Comic Books into Graphic Novels and Digital Cartoons
Thomas J. Carmody
15. Evangelicals' Quest to Find God's Place in Games
16. Advertising: Fueling a Passion for Consumption
Terri Lynn Cornwell
17. Promoting Public Relations in a New-Media Environment
Peter A. Kerr
18. Internationalizing Evangelical Media
Robert S. Fortner
19. Energizing Media Ethics
20. Considering a Catholic View of Evangelical Media
Paul A. Soukup, S.J.
21. Looking with a Jew at Evangelical Popular Culture
Mark I. Pinsky
Conclusion: Being Fairly Self-Critical About Evangelical Media