Building on the success of One Step Closer: Why U2 Matters to Those Seeking God , Christian Scharen shows how to engage faith and culture through a wide range of popular music, including the blues, hip-hop, and rock. He examines...
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Building on the success of One Step Closer: Why U2 Matters to Those Seeking God, Christian Scharen shows how to engage faith and culture through a wide range of popular music, including the blues, hip-hop, and rock. He examines artists such as Arcade Fire, Kanye West, Leonard Cohen, and Billie Holiday, offering a fresh, compelling theology of culture in conversation with C. S. Lewis that can look suffering and brokenness in the face because it knows of a love deeper than hate, a hope stronger than despair. Written engagingly yet with theological depth, this book will resonate with readers interested in the interface between pop culture, music, and theology, as well as with pastors and youth ministers.
Christian Scharen (Ph.D., Emory University) serves as Director of the Faith as a Way of Life/Pastoral Excellence Program and Assistant Professor (Adjunct) of Congregational Studies and Practical Theology at Yale Divinity School. The mission of the Faith as a Way of Life Program is to equip pastors for excellence in the central task of Christian ministry: helping to mediate faith to persons, communities, and cultures as a life-integrating and life-transforming reality.He has authored a number of books, including One Step Closer: Why U2 Matters to Those Seeking God, is a theological evocation of the Christian faith seen through the lens of the worlds biggest rock n roll band, U2. He has also authored Faith as a Way of Life: A Vision for Pastoral Leadership(2008), Public Worship and Public Work: Culture and Commitment in Local Congregational Life (2004), and Married in the Sight of God: Theology, Ethics, and Church Debates over Homosexuality (2001), Public Worship and Public Work. An ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, he has served congregations in California, Georgia, and Connecticut. Scharen lives in New Haven, Connecticut.-Editorial Review.