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Religion And Reality Tv

Author : Mara Einstein
ISBN : 9781134792146
Genre : Religion
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Why is reality television flourishing in today's expanding media market? Religion and Reality TV: Faith in Late Capitalism argues that the reality genre offers answers to many of life's urgent questions: Why am I important? What gives my life meaning? How do I present my best self to the world? Case studies address these questions by examining religious representations through late capitalist lenses, including the maintenance of the self, the commodification of the sacred, and the performance of authenticity. The book's 14 essays explore why religious themes proliferate in reality TV, audiences' fascination with "lived religion," and the economics that make religion and reality TV a successful pairing. Chapters also consider the role of race, gender and religion in the production and reception of programming. Religion and Reality TV provides a framework for understanding the intersection of celebrity, media attention, and American beliefs and values. The book will be of interest to students and scholars of religion and media studies, communication, American studies, and popular culture.
Category: Religion

Exploring Religion And The Sacred In A Media Age

Author : Christopher Deacy
ISBN : 9781351937573
Genre : Religion
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In recent years, there has been growing awareness across a range of academic disciplines of the value of exploring issues of religion and the sacred in relation to cultures of everyday life. Exploring Religion and the Sacred in a Media Age offers inter-disciplinary perspectives drawing from theology, religious studies, media studies, cultural studies, film studies, sociology and anthropology. Combining theoretical frameworks for the analysis of religion, media and popular culture, with focused international case studies of particular texts, practices, communities and audiences, the authors examine topics such as media rituals, marketing strategies, empirical investigations of audience testimony, and the influence of religion on music, reality television and the internet. Both academically rigorous and of interest to a wider readership, this book offers a wide range of fascinating explorations at the cutting edge of many contemporary debates in sociology, religion and media, including chapters on the way evangelical groups in America have made use of The Da Vinci Code and on the influences of religion on British club culture and electronic dance music.
Category: Religion

Religion And Reality

Author : Darren Iammarino
ISBN : 9781620322444
Genre : Religion
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This book argues for the reality of multiple religious ultimates rather than just one. This entails that all the religions are not the same; they describe different religious objects, and they each provide unique forms of salvation. The immediate advantage of this approach is that it explains how all religions are equally valid without glossing over the real differences that define them. Put differently, each religion has correctly identified a piece of the puzzle that makes up Ultimate Reality. There is, however, a limit to the plurality, and thus five distinct religious ultimates are identified: the Forms, God, A World, Creativity, and the Receptacle. One or two of these five ultimates are found within all of the world's religions, as evidenced by religious scriptures and religious experiences. Based upon these five religious ultimates, this book puts forth a novel philosophical and religious system: cosmosyntheism, a word emphasizing the likelihood that in the beginning, there was more than just God. Quite possibly, there may have been five ultimates, each sacred in its own way, none of which could have existed without the reality of the others.
Category: Religion

Reality Tv

Author : Stephen Faller
ISBN : 9780827232723
Genre : Performing Arts
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With more than 400 reality programs in the United States, it's no secret that "Reality TV" has infiltrated the homes of America. Even shows that are sticking to fiction tend to grab plotlines from today's headlines, further blurring the distinction between "reality" and fiction. Reality television has not just carved out a niche in our viewing schedules, but has gone on to take a relevant role in today's culture. From the very beginning, the Christian church has been in dialogue with the contemporary culture. The idea that the Gospel is always a contextual proclamation, is always relevant, and speaks to all believers no matter what is happening in society is a core belief for Christians. Reality TV: Theology in the Video Era introduces readers to a new way of viewing this phenomenon and explores some of the most popular reality programs while seeking to understand video and media from a Christian perspective. The very nature of video and the way programs are made communicate a set of values and presuppositions that define our postmodern society. Specifically articulating the theology of these images, Stephen Faller offers readers a deeper understanding of their prime time viewing. With discussion questions at the end of each chapter, Reality TV is perfect for any adult discussion group.
Category: Performing Arts

Religion Consumerism And Sustainability

Author : L. Thomas
ISBN : 9780230306134
Genre : Social Science
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This collection analyses relationships between religious and consumption practices and cultures, and their diverse responses to ecological crisis, ranging from indifference to engagement.
Category: Social Science

Understanding Reality Religion

Author : Hiley Ward
ISBN : 9780595453986
Genre : Religion
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You know the Big questions. When did it all begin? Before creation, what? Before that? Where was I 10,000 years ago? When will it all end? But I suppose that the question that bothers people most is: How can God, the omnipotent, the Creator, be good when there is so much evil in the world? Here is an attempt to face up to the eternal, unsolvable contradictory questions about God, Jesus, the church and the practice of faith in the Christian life. Without negating traditional religion concepts, God is embraced in all of his attributes. He has a dark side. He is jealous, egotistical, cruel, tyrannical, killer of innocent hordes. He is also recognized as a great deliverer, lover of good, supporter of mankind, and a generally good companion. The Christian opts to address this second image of God, the beneficent. The author has struggled with the definition and nature of God all his life. He has found that he can question God and acknowledge his/her dark side while at the same time love God and bask in his presence and love. Here is a new kind of spiritual journey-intellectually honest and committed in faith.
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Reality Religion

Author : Dale Heaton
ISBN : 9781435793965
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God Religion And Reality

Author : Stephen R. L. Clark
ISBN : 028105133X
Genre : Religion
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In this engaging study Professor Clark sets out to show that there are good philosophical reasons for theism, and Christian theism in particular. He travels the breadth of our intellectual engagement with the world, from ethics to scientific knowledge, and his journey is vigorously argued, fresh, lively and readable. He explores the assumptions which underpin our philosophical and everyday thinking alike, examines the construction of the arguments used to support them, and tests the sturdiness and the makeup of their props and foundations.
Category: Religion

Exploring Reality

Author : J. C. Polkinghorne
ISBN : 0300122675
Genre : Religion
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Explores the various dimensions of the human encounter with reality, offering a view of reality encompassed by a wide rage of insights from physics' account of casual structure, the unique significance of Jesus, and the human encounter with God.
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Author : Rachel Wagner
ISBN : 9781136512131
Genre : Religion
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Godwired offers an engaging exploration of religious practice in the digital age. It considers how virtual experiences, like stories, games and rituals, are forms of world-building or "cosmos construction" that serve as a means of making sense of our own world. Such creative and interactive activity is, arguably, patently religious. This book examines: the nature of sacred space in virtual contexts technology as a vehicle for sacred texts who we are when we go online what rituals have in common with games and how they work online what happens to community when people worship online how religious "worlds" and virtual "worlds" nurture similar desires. Rachel Wagner suggests that whilst our engagement with virtual reality can be viewed as a form of religious activity, today’s virtual religion marks a radical departure from traditional religious practice – it is ephemeral, transient, rapid, disposable, hyper-individualized, hybrid, and in an ongoing state of flux.
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