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From the Publisher“This presumes some level of bricolage, but I think it issafe to say this seems normal in the modern West. As Lynch argues,in so far as theology is concerned with “issues of truth,goodness, evil, suffering, redemption, and beauty” ( 37) thenit becomes clear that popular culture, as it is engaged withsimilar themes, is an important field of investigation fortheologians, and thus for anyone interested in the study ofreligions.” (International Journal for the Study ofNew Religions, 2012)
“It offers an engaging and well-informed synthesis ofcontemporary theological reflection in the context of today’spopular culture … An excellent volume that will serve thediscussion of theology and popular culture well.”
Jeff Keuss, Northwest Graduate School
"Lynch has written an excellent introduction for dialoguebetween theology and popular culture. . . This book is useful inundergraduate or graduate courses in religion and popular culture,media studies or individuals interest in critical reflection ontheology and popular culture."
Religious Studies Review
"What is 'popular' about popular culture? What is therelationship between religion and popular culture? Why would atheologian, or anyone involved in the study of religion, giveattention to popular culture? The work of theologians and othersrelated to popular culture often begs such questions. Lynch's bookis important in that it puts such questions in perspective. Thisbook clarifies the exchange between religion and popular cultureand what scholars have made of the interconnections. UnderstandingTheology and Popular Culture is an intriguing and insightful study.I highly recommend it."
Anthony B. Pinn, Rice University
"This is an excellent introduction to the field of culturalstudies as a whole, as well as providing a clear map of the ways inwhich theology and religious studies have sought to engage withpopular culture."
“Lynch’s discussion of the definitions of popularculture provides an excellent introduction to the topic, and hisrationale for theology joining other academic disciplines in theserious study of popular is convincing… Informed throughoutby a wide reading in the literature of popular culture, this bookdeserves careful consideration for any course focusing on theunderstanding of theology and popular culture.”
"Those of us who have plunged deeply (and boldly, if somewhatunpreparedly) into the murky interdisciplinary waters of studyingtheology and popular culture will no doubt be grateful to haveGordon Lynch as a lifeguard, throwing us a lifeline of method andtheory for which we were desparately searching."
Gaye Williams Ortiz, Augusta State University, Journal ofContemporary Religion
"Understanding Theology and Popular Culture is awell-structured volume which competently deals with the work of awide range of theologians, philosophers and cultural researchers.This will, therefore, be an extremely valuable book for studentsand other readers."
Crucible, July-Sept 2006