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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 : 0754665275
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-di
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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.
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.
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.
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Mapping Reality

Author : Willie Maartens
ISBN : 9780595400447
Genre : Philosophy
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We must clearly distinguish between reality (the territory), and what we perceive to be reality (the map of the territory)! In our journey through life, we need something to guide us, to give us reassurance that we are on the right track. Modern science has done its best to take that reassurance away from us, telling us that there is no destination, no purpose, in life, and that in effect our lives are an accident of 'Nature'. Religion, too, has become equally unhelpful: it has become dogmatic, sectarian, and self-serving. We have lost the core, the real message, of religion, but we still need true spirituality. Indeed, we need a map to the Truth.
Category: Philosophy

Reality Religion

Author : Dale Heaton
ISBN : 9781435793965
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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

One Reality

Author : Bonnie J. Taylor
ISBN : 1618510495
Genre : Philosophy
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One Reality: The Harmony of Science and Religion is a compilation of passages from the Bahai writings that explores the relationship between science and religion, and demonstrates the Bahai perspective that the two seemingly opposing forces can live in perfect harmony. As Abdul-Baha, the son of the Prophet and Founder of the Bahai Faith, states: If we say religion is opposed to science, we lack knowledge of either true science or true religion, for both are founded upon the premises and conclusions of reason, and both must bear its test. Meticulously researched and compiled by Bonnie J. Taylor, One Reality offers a comprehensive overview of the subject from a Bahaiperspective, and includes a thought-provoking and challenging introduction from John S. Hatcher, a highly respected academic and the author of numerous books about Bahai scripture and theology.
Category: Philosophy

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.
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