Religion and Prime Time Television

Author: Michael Suman
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
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How is religion portrayed on prime time entertainment television and what effect does this have on our society? This book brings together the opinions of all the important factions involved in this important public policy debate, including religious figures (Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, and Freethinkers--liberal and conservative), academics, media critics and journalists, and representatives of the entertainment industry. The debate provides contrasting views on how much and what type of religion should be on entertainment television and what relationship this has with the health of our society. Many contributors also offer strategies for how to reform the present situation. This is an important work that delineates the debate for the layperson as well as researchers, scholars, and policymakers.

Watching What We Watch

Author: Walter T. Davis, Jr.
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN: 9780664226961
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Offers counsel on how to address messages of popular culture as reflected on television today, explaining how to view programs in light of faith, values, and belief systems as a means of identifying appropriate broadcasts. Original.

Television Religion and Supernatural

Author: Erika Engstrom
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 0739184768
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This book examines the text of the CW network television series Supernatural, a program based in the horror genre that offers viewers myriad religious-based antagonists, through the portrayals of monsters which its two main characters “hunt” and destroy, as well as storylines based in the Bible. Even as the series’ producers claim a non-religious perspective, we contend that story arcs and outcomes of episodes actually forward a hegemonic portrayal of Christianity that portrays a good-versus-evil motif regarding the superiority of Christianity. The depiction of its protagonist brothers, Dean and Sam Winchester of Lawrence, Kansas, forwards a pro-American perspective to a more generalized fight against evil in contemporary times.

Prime time Television

Author: Barbara Moore
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780275981426
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The history of prime-time television in the United States.

Battleground Religion 2 volumes

Author: Daniel L. Smith-Christopher Ph.D.
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1573569569
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Is there a controversial issue in the contemporary world that does not involve religion? Whether it's a debate over the beginning of life, or on sexuality and family life, or on the stewardship of humans over the environment, almost all of the most contentious matters that impact today's society involve people's deeply held religious beliefs. Battleground: Religion helps clarify these complex topics by examining how various religious beliefs and practices impact current political, social, and cultural debates. Each of the approximately 100 entries examines a hot-button issue—from war and peace to the culture wars—and discusses, in a balanced and objective way, the points of view on these topics from all parts of the religious spectrum. Students will come away from Battleground: Religion with a better understanding of the issues that they will be encountering for years to come. Each entry includes a bibliography or resources for further information.

Understanding Religion and Popular Culture

Author: Terry Ray Clark
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136316043
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This introductory text provides students with a 'toolbox' of approaches for analyzing religion and popular culture. It encourages readers to think critically about the ways in which popular cultural practices and products, especially those considered as forms of entertainment, are laden with religious ideas, themes, and values. The chapters feature lively and contemporary case study material and outline relevant theory and methods for analysis. Among the areas covered are religion and food, violence, music, television and videogames. Each entry is followed by a helpful summary, glossary, bibliography, discussion questions and suggestions for further reading/viewing. Understanding Religion and Popular Culture offers a valuable entry point into an exciting and rapidly evolving field of study.

From Daytime to Primetime

Author: James W. Roman
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313319723
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Looks at how American society has been shaped by television.

Bad Religion

Author: Ross Douthat
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 143917833X
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Traces the decline of Christianity in America since the 1950s, posing controversial arguments about the role of heresy in the nation's downfall while calling for a revival of traditional Christian practices.

Religion and Popular Culture in America

Author: Bruce David Forbes
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520246898
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PRAISE FOR THE FIRST EDITION: "A solid introduction to the dialogue between the disciplines of cultural studies and religion. . .. A substantive foundation for subsequent exploration."--Religious Studies Review "A splendid collection of lively essays by fourteen scholars dealing with religion and popular culture on the contemporary American scene."--Choice