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iPod, YouTube, Wii Play: Theological Engagements with Entertainment



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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.

Author Biography

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

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Now That's Entertainmentp. 1
No Via Media between Superpowers and Trivial Pursuitsp. 19
iPod: Our Song Gone Wrong?p. 33
YouTube and U2charist: Community, Convergence, and Communionp. 50
The Trouble with Twitterp. 71
We Playp. 72
We Watch Them Play (Sports)p. 83
Gambling Doesn't P(l)ayp. 99
Wii Play: Video Gamesp. 110
CosmoGirl as Cheap Gracep. 133
What Would Bono Do?p. 148
The Church of Oprah?p. 166
Love the Cinema, Hate the Sin?p. 182
Bibliographyp. 197
Indexp. 205
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