God in the Details: American Religion in Popular Culture

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9780415925631: God in the Details: American Religion in Popular Culture

God in the Details offers a provocative look at the breadth, diversity, and persistence of religious themes in contemporary American consciousness. Throughout the book, the contributors critically assess the ways in which American popular culture reappropriates traditional religious symbols to serve the purposes of particular communities.

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Eric Mazur is Assistant Professor of Religion at Bucknell University and author of The Americanization of Religious Minorities (1999). Kate McCarthy is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at California State University in Chico.

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The insights explored in this volume provide rich resources for the student of missiology for the crucial task of engaging contemporary American culture, not only from an anthropological, but also from a missiological perspective. -- Eddie Gibbs, Missiology: An International Review
Mazur and McCarthy present a rich collection of ethnographic research detailing the religious myths and practices exhibited through a variety of expressions of popular culture. -- Religious Studies Review
...lively and fun-filled... Recommended for all readership levels. -- D. W. Ferm, Choice
With this book's smart and insightful authors acting as your guides, you can leave behind the seemingly secular surface of American popular culture, come to understand the religious impulses coursing through music and television, feel their pulse, tap their energy, and in the end reach another country where ordinary things reveal unexpected significance. Be a hero. Take the journey. -- Joel Martin, co-editor of Screening the Sacred: Religion, Mythology and Ideology in Popular American Film
Seeking not 'religious things' but religious meanings, the authors in this excellent collection address such diverse and pervasive interests in North American culture as football, dieting, southern barbeque, cop shows, rap, and religion on TV. Simultaneously sympathetic and critical, they propose new ways of thinking about popular culture and its effects. -- Margaret R. Miles, author of Seeing and Believing: Religion and Values in the Movies
Contributors delve into various popular subcultures such as rap music, multi-user domains (MUDs), the world of Disney, and Jimmy Buffett's faithful Parrotheads. These categories offer fascinating findings because they uncover novel communities of real-life people who exhibit religious devotion in alternative religious settings. -- Religious Studies Review
Mazur and McCarthy present a rich collection of ethnographic research detailing the religious myths and practices exhibited through a variety of expressions of popular culture. -- Tim Van Meter, Bethany Theological Seminary

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