Personal Jesus Paperback

How Popular Music Shapes Our Souls

by Clive Marsh, Vaughan Roberts

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Clive Marsh and Vaughan Roberts 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.

Personal Jesus 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 will be of interest to professors and students of theology and culture, religious studies, and popular culture.

Personal Jesus by Clive Marsh; Vaughan Roberts was published by Baker in January 2013 and is our 40723rd best seller. The ISBN for Personal Jesus is 9780801039096.

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Part 1: Music and Religion
1. Music in Context: Contemporary Discussion about Religion and Popular Culture
2. Explorations in Affective Space: The Magisteria-Ibiza Spectrum
3. Acknowledging a Theological Interest: Popular Music from Sin to Sacramentality

Part 2: Living by Pop Music
4. Pop Music in the Marketplace
5. Pop Music and the Body
6. The Tingle Factor: Popular Music and Transcendence Today
7. Pop Music, Ritual, and Worship
8. What's on Your iPod? Classics, Canons, and the Question of What Matters

Part 3: Pop Music and Theology
9. The Discipline of Listening: How (and Why) What We're Doing with Music Matters Ultimately
10. Three Steps to Heaven? On Negotiating Meaning between Popular Music and Christian Theology
11. Embodied Social Rituals: Revisiting Theology through Popular Music
A Programmatic Postscript: Practical Consequences for Church, Academy, and Daily Living


"Personal Jesus is one of the best theological treatments of pop culture I have ever read. Marsh and Roberts offer a many-layered, comprehensive model for how we can more thoughtfully understand and engage pop music. Weaving together an impressive array of scholarship on the subject and a wide variety of music--everyone from Springsteen to Lady Gaga--Personal Jesus is a book that will help pastors, students, scholars, and everyday music fans better understand how and why pop music matters in the Christian life." - Brett McCracken, author of Hipster Christianity.

"Marsh and Roberts prepare the way for a new style of making theological sense of popular culture. The continued decline of the influence of religious traditions makes this kind of theological study even more imperative. In this situation, Marsh and Roberts show us why studying the lived experience of popular music is an imperative if we want to find out where religion cohabitates with ordinary stuff, more or less openly, today: in the spaces of meaning communicated by music in everyday life." - Tom Beaudoin, Fordham University; author of Virtual Faith (from the foreword)

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Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
Items in Pack48
PublisherBaker (January 2013)
Number of Pages234
Thickness18 mm
Height230 mm
Width161 mm
Product Code4078882
Page last updated 2nd October 2018
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