Personal Jesus

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-01-15
  • Publisher: Baker Academic

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Pop music is now an ever-present force shaping citizens in the West. Even at funerals, pop music is often requested over hymns. But how does popular music work? And what roles does it play for listeners who engage it? This new addition to the critically acclaimed Engaging Culture series explores the theological significance of the ways pop music is listened to and used today. The authors show that popular music is used by religious and nonreligious people alike to make meaning, enabling listeners to explore human concerns about embodiment, creating communities, and tapping into transcendence. They assess what is happening to Christian faith and theology as a result. The book incorporates case studies featuring noted music artists of our day--including David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Sigur Rós, Pete Seeger, Bruce Springsteen, and Lady Gaga--and includes practical implications for the church, the academy, and daily musical listening. It also includes a foreword by Tom Beaudoin, author of Virtual Faith.

Table of Contents

Music and Religion
Music in Context: Contemporary Discussion about Religion and Popular Culture
Explorations in Affective Space: The Magisteria-Ibiza Spectrum
Acknowledging a Theological Interest: Popular Music from Sin to Sacramentality
Living by Pop Music
Pop Music in the Marketplace
Pop Music and the Body
The Tingle Factor: Popular Music and Transcendence Today
Pop Music, Ritual, and Worship
What's on Your iPod? Classics, Canons, and the Question of What Matters
Pop Music and Theology
The Discipline of Listening: How (and Why) What We're Doing with Music Matters Ultimately
Three Steps to Heaven? On Negotiating Meaning between Popular Music and Christian Theology
Embodied Social Rituals: Revisiting Theology through Popular Music
A Programmatic Postscript: Practical Consequences for Church, Academy, and Daily Living
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