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Gods Behaving Badly: Media, Religion, and Celebrity Culture

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by Pete Ward

    • Author

      Pete Ward

    • Book Format

      Paperback / softback

    • Publisher

      Baylor University Press

    • Published

      January 2011

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    Gods Behaving Badly: Media, Religion, and Celebrity Culture

    Today's Price £24.34



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    From Britney and Brangelina to Tiger Woods and Michael Jackson, Western society is obsessed with its American idols and gods of the red carpet. We worship their triumphs, judge their sins, and maintain vigil at their deaths. Can our fixation on and devotion to celebrity culture itself be considered a religion? If not, why do we use religious terminology to describe these stars and our actions towards them?

    Gods Behaving Badly examines the blurred boundary between popular culture and religion--one that has given way to an often confounding fusion of the sacred and the profane. Flipping through pages of tabloid media and looking underneath the veil of Hollywood's glamour, Pete Ward exposes how, in its consumer life, Western society elevates celebrity to the theological and, in so doing, creates a new para-religion. Inevitably, whether despised or extolled, individual celebrities evoke public moral judgment, creating fertile ground for theological innovation.

    Plucked straight from the headlines, the narratives in Gods Behaving Badly give concrete evidence of how the religious themes of incarnation, revelation, sin, judgment, and redemption are all woven into narratives we construct about our most cherished--and most villainized--personalities.

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    • Author

      Pete Ward

    • Book Format

      Paperback / softback

    • Publisher

      Baylor University Press

    • Published

      January 2011

    • Weight

      218g

    • Dimensions

      142 x 216 x 11 mm

    • ISBN

      9781602581500

    • ISBN-10

      1602581509

    • Eden Code

      4743012

    More Information

    • Author/Creator: Pete Ward

    • ISBN: 9781602581500

    • Publisher: Baylor University Press

    • Release Date: January 2011

    • Weight: 218g

    • Dimensions: 142 x 216 x 11 mm

    • Eden Code: 4743012


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