Between Sacred and Profane: Researching Religion and Popular by Gordon Lynch

By Gordon Lynch

Over the last ten years there was an explosion of curiosity in how faith and the sacred hook up with the media and cultures of way of life. How are non secular groups, identities and rituals being remodeled via new media comparable to the web? what's the importance of the media while for plenty of humans it turns into the first resource of pictures and of an come upon with spiritual traditions? Do the media and pop culture themselves tackle spiritual value, and the way do humans utilize those renowned assets to "do" faith within the modern international? As researchers have attempted to respond to those and different questions, a growing to be physique of literature has began to enhance. among Sacred and Profane bargains a big evaluate of this younger and intriguing box of scholarship, highlighting either its achievements and flaws, and starting up an schedule for its subsequent section of research. The booklet is a useful consultant and instruction manual for starting scholars who're searching for a primary evaluate of the most important concerns and debates, in addition to for more matured students who desire to ponder how their paintings will increase in destiny. among Sacred and Profane could be required interpreting for classes in theology, faith and modern tradition for a few years to return.

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In his eyes it is disastrous for the church to mimic the ‘technique’ of an image based culture and make television programmes. 203). His polemic fuses together a post-Marxist critique with a theology influenced by the Swiss theologian Karl Barth. Malcolm Muggeridge’s Christ and the Media (1977) represents a third iconoclastic voice. 88). Unlike Ellul, Muggeridge focuses the spotlight less on the idea of the word heard and more on the person of Christ encountered, contrasting the fantasy created by television with the QUESTIONING MEDIA AND RELIGION 37 perceived reality of Christ.

The study of religion is necessarily historical. The Matrix of Study: Production, Distribution, Reception Indebted no doubt to the study of genteel or elite culture, worlds of luxury commodities and their owners, humanistic studies have been deeply inclined to focus on either the maker of an object or on the object itself. As it is traditionally practiced, for example, art history attends to the genius of the artist and his or her life or to the style or formal features of the work produced by the artist.

It is not simply about texts or images or dance or sound. It draws no boundaries, admits to few if any crisp lineaments that would allow the scholar to isolate this or that aspect for the sake of controlled investigation. STUDYING RELIGION AND POPULAR CULTURE 25 Moreover, the study of popular culture does not possess a long formation of disciplinarity that presses itself upon the scholarly imagination in order to cast a spell of factual or semantic stability. In fact, no object of human inquiry does so, but the cumulative effect of scholarly traditions is often a kind of intellectual circumscription or field-making that endows a welcome limit on analysis.

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