Strong Religion, Zealous Media: Christian Fundamentalism and Communication in India is the first in-depth cultural and social analysis of the growth of conservative forms of Christianity within the Protestant tradition in India and the many ways in which these new churches use the media. Arguing that Christian broadcasting needs to be seen as an essential aspect of a 'muscular' Christianity that has increasingly colonised globalising cities such as Chennai, the book concludes with a strong validation of multi-religious India and the need for a robust inter-faith media response to combat religious fundamentalism. This is a highly recommended reading for students, researchers and social scientists involved in religion and media issues, religion departments, seminaries, civil society involved in inter-faith issues and all those who are interested in exploring the politics of religion in the subcontinent.
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Table of Contents
PART I: Locating The Study Christian Fundamentalism and Other FundamentalismsChristian Fundamentalism and the MediaChristianity in IndiaPentecostalism and Neo-Pentecostalism: The Global and the LocalPART II Theory and Concepts Bourdieu, Christianity and Mediated Christianity in IndiaPART III The Cultural/Media Practices of Christian Fundamentalism The Changing Nature of Christian Broadcasting in IndiaCyber-Contestations: Christian and Hindu Fundamentalisms on the WebBenny Hinn's Festival of Blessings: The Analysis of a Christian Crusade in IndiaPART IV Towards another Religious Communication Communication and the Search for Inter-Subjective FuturesIndex