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Everyday Theology - How to Read Cultural Texts and Interpret Trends (Cultural Exegesis Series)

Everyday Theology - How to Read Cultural Texts and Interpret Trends (Cultural Exegesis Series)

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This innovative book will help readers think theologically about today's cultural environment, and respond faithfully and thoughtfully as Christian disciples. The scope of topics considered is all-embracing - from Eminem to Gladiator, from the 'blogosphere' to shopping malls. An engaging, stimulating read, ideal for discussion groups. 288 pages from Baker.

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About "Everyday Theology - How to Read Cultural Texts and Interpret Trends (Cultural Exegesis Series)"

This innovative book will help readers think theologically about today's cultural environment, and respond faithfully and thoughtfully as Christian disciples. The scope of topics considered is all-embracing - from Eminem to Gladiator, from the 'blogosphere' to shopping malls. An engaging, stimulating read, ideal for discussion groups. 288 pages from Baker.
- Koorong

Everyday theology is the reflective and practical task of living each day as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. In other words, theology is not just for Sundays, and it's not just for professional theologians. Everyday Theology teaches all Christians how to get the theological lay of the land. It enables them to become more conscious of the culture they inhabit every day so that they can understand how it affects them and how they can affect it. If theology is the ministry of the Word to the world, everyday theologians need to know something about that world, and Everyday Theology shows them how to understand their culture make an impact on it. Engaging and full of fresh young voices, this book is the first in the new Cultural Exegesis series.
- Publisher

Contents Part 1 Introduction: Toward A Theory Of Cultural Interpretation Part 2 Reading Cultural Texts Part 3 Interpreting Cultural Trends Part 4 Concluding Untheoretical Postscript
- Publisher

"Kevin Vanhoozer, Charles Anderson, and Michael Sleasman bring together a bright team of culture readers, who help us see common things in uncommon ways and describe them with uncommon yet useful terms. They are pioneers, I hope, of a new era among faithful people in constructive, discerning, and loving engagement rather than reactive, superficial, and judgmental antagonism toward our culture."--Brian McLaren, author/activist (brianmclaren.net)"There is now a proliferation of books on religion and popular culture but very few books on theology and popular culture. This book seeks to remedy that and offers a rationale for why and how Christians should 'read' popular culture. Kevin Vanhoozer's approach strikes a wise balance between interpreting popular culture with open good will for where God might really be speaking and a biblically formed suspicion for the cunning manufacture of idols. The selection of cultural artifacts examined in part 2 is wide ranging, quirky, and inspired."--Kelton Cobb, professor of theology and ethics, Hartford Seminary"I am one of those Christians who have theological questions about Eminem, MySpace, grocery stores, and the like. So I am very pleased that we now have this book of stimulating and important reflections on such matters. These authors demonstrate how to think theologically about popular culture."--Richard J. Mouw, president and professor of Christian philosophy, Fuller Seminary
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Meet the Authors

Kevin J Vanhoozer (Ed)

Kevin J. Vanhoozer (Ph.D., Cambridge University) is Research Professor of Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, from 1990-1998 was senior lecturer in theology and religious studies at New College, University of Edinburgh, in Edinburgh, Scotland.

He has written Biblical Narrative in the Philosophy of Paul Ricoeur (Cambridge University Press), Is There a Meaning in This Text? (Zondervan), The Drama of Doctrine: A Canonical-Linguistic Approach to Christian Theology (Westminster John Knox). He is the editor of the Cambridge Companion to Postmodern Theology (Cambridge University Press), The Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible (Baker).

His most recent publications are First Theology: God, Scripture and Hermeneutics (Intervarsity Press), Remythologizing Theology: Divine Action, Passion, and Authorship. (Cambridge University Press) and Jeremiah (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible).
Koorong - Editorial Review.

Charles Anderson (Ed)

Kevin J. Vanhoozer (PhD, University of Cambridge) is research professor of systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author or editor of many books, including the award-winning Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible. Charles A. Anderson is a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge. Michael J. Sleasman is a PhD candidate at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and managing director of the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity.

Michael Sleasman (Ed)

Kevin J. Vanhoozer (PhD, University of Cambridge) is research professor of systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author or editor of many books, including the award-winning Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible. Charles A. Anderson is a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge. Michael J. Sleasman is a PhD candidate at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and managing director of the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity.

Table Of Contents

  • A Reader's Guide: How To Use This Book
    part 1: Introduction: Toward A Theory Of Cultural Interpretation
    1. What Is Everyday Theology? How And Why Christians Should Read Culture
    part 2: Reading Cultural Texts
    2. The Gospel According To Safeway: The Checkout Line And The Good Life
    3. Despair And Redemption: A Theological Account Of Eminem
    4. The High Price Of Unity: The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights
    5. Between City And Steeple: Looking At Megachurch Architecture 6. Swords, Sandals, And Saviors: Visions Of Hope In Ridley Scott's Gladiator
    part 3: Interpreting Cultural Trends
    7. The Business Of Busyness: Or, What Should We Make Of Martha? 8. Welcome To The Blogosphere
    9. Human 2.0: Transhumanism As A Cultural Trend
    10. Fantasy Funerals And Other Designer Ways Of Going Out In Style
    part 4: Concluding Untheoretical Postscript
    11. Putting It Into Practice: Weddings For Everyday Theologians
    glossary Of Methodological Terms

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Helpful insight into evaluating culture
4 stars By MatthewT, Feb 02 2016
The goal of the authors is to convince the reader that Christians need to think theologically and critically about the world we live in and the cultural environment which is constantly and discreetly presenting various cultural influences (e.g. media, advertising, design). 

They argue that these cultural texts and trends attempt to influence people toward a way of thinking and meaning, and the responsibility is for Christians to evaluate and be aware of these influences. 
Finally, they address how Christians should respond to these influences in light of Scripture and the gospel. 

The opening essay, although dry and lengthy, is extensive and convincing of the need to be aware of and evaluate cultural influences. Each of the other essays are thought provoking and insightful into culture (warning: some readers may find the use of some song lyrics in an examination of "Eminem" unhelpfully graphic). These are broad and include evaluations of: supermarket and shopping centre layout, movies, internet blogs, and more.

Finally, the concluding chapter offers a helpful practical example of what wedding planning could look like if aware of the influence of culture.

Overall, a helpful, needed, book which will help the reader become more aware of evaluating cultural influences.   
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  • Catalogue Code 248134
  • Product Code 0801031672
  • EAN 9780801031670
  • Pages 288
  • Department Academic
  • Category Theology
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Baker Book House
  • Publication Date Mar 2007
  • Sales Rank #22538
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 22 mm
  • Weight 0.394kg

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