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A Matrix of Meanings: Finding God in Pop Culture

A Matrix of Meanings: Finding God in Pop Culture

by Craig Detweiler, Barry Taylor
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From the glittering tinsel of Hollywood to the advertising slogan you can't get out of your head, we are surrounded by popular culture. In A Matrix of Meanings Craig Detweiler and Barry Taylor analyze aspects of popular culture and ask, What are they doing? What do they represent? and What do they say about the world in which we live? Rather than deciding whether Bono deserves our admiration, the authors examine the phenomenon of celebrity idolization. Instead of deciding whether Nike's "Just do it" campaign is morally questionable, they ask what its success reflects about our society.
A Matrix of Meanings is a hip, entertaining guide to the maze of popular culture. Plentiful photos, artwork, and humorous sidebars make for delightful reading. Readers who distrust popular culture as well as those who love it will find useful insight into developing a Christian worldview in a secular culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801024177
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/01/2003
Series: Engaging Culture Series
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 777,506
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

Craig Detweiler (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of communication at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He previously served as codirector of the Reel Spirituality Institute at Fuller Theological Seminary. Detweiler has written scripts for numerous Hollywood films, and his social documentary, Purple State of Mind (, debuted in 2008. He has been featured in the New York Times, on CNN, and on NPR.

Barry Taylor (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary), adjunct professor of popular culture and theology at Fuller, is a professional musician, painter, and the leader of New Ground, an alternative worship gathering in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Postmodernity in the Marketplace15
1.Methodology: A Matrix of Meanings29
2.Advertising: The Air That We Breathe61
3.Celebrities: Ancient and Future Saints89
4.Music: Al Green Makes Us Cry125
5.Movies: Look Closer155
6.Television: Our Constant Companion185
7.Fashion: Dressing Up the Soul221
8.Sports: Board Generation243
9.Art: Sharks, Pills, and Ashtrays271
Conclusion: A Top 10 Theology293

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