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Should Christians w00t or wail about the scope and power of modern entertainment? Maybe both. But first, Christians should think theologically about our human passion to be entertained as it relates to the popular culture that entertains us. Avoiding the one-size-fits-all celebrations and condemnations that characterize the current fad of pop culture analyses, this book engages entertainments case by case, uncovering the imaginative patterns and shaping power of our amusements. Individual chapters weave together analyses of entertainment forms, formats, technologies, trends, contents, and audiences to display entertainment as a multifaceted formational ecology.
D. Brent Laytham is Dean of the Ecumenical Institute of Theology of St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore, and professor of theology there. He is the editor of God Is Not (2004) and God Does Not (2009).
Table of Contents
|Now That's Entertainment||p. 1|
|No Via Media between Superpowers and Trivial Pursuits||p. 19|
|iPod: Our Song Gone Wrong?||p. 33|
|YouTube and U2charist: Community, Convergence, and Communion||p. 50|
|The Trouble with Twitter||p. 71|
|We Play||p. 72|
|We Watch Them Play (Sports)||p. 83|
|Gambling Doesn't P(l)ay||p. 99|
|Wii Play: Video Games||p. 110|
|CosmoGirl as Cheap Grace||p. 133|
|What Would Bono Do?||p. 148|
|The Church of Oprah?||p. 166|
|Love the Cinema, Hate the Sin?||p. 182|
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