Secular Steeples Hardback

Popular Culture and the Religious Imagination

by Conrad E. Ostwalt;

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Secular Steeples

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An exploration of secularization in America, this book provides students with an innovative way of understanding the relationship between religion and secular culture. In Secular Steeples, Conrad Ostwalt challenges long-held assumptions about the relationship between religion and culture and about the impact of secularization. Moving away from the idea that religion will diminish as secularization continues, Ostwalt identifies areas of popular culture where secular and sacred views and objectives interact and enrich each other. The book demonstrates how religious institutions use the secular and popular media of television, movies, and music to make sacred teachings relevant. From megachurches to sports arenas, the Quran to Harry Potter, biker churches to virtual worship communities, Ostwalt demonstrates how religion persists across cultural forms, secular and sacred, with secular culture not only expressing religious messages more effectively, but also containing more authentic religious content than official religious teachings.An ideal text for anyone studying religion and popular culture, each chapter provides topics for discussion, a glossary of terms, links to websites and guided readings.

Secular Steeples by Conrad E. Ostwalt was published by Continuum in September 2012. The ISBN for Secular Steeples is 9781441156174.

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Details for Secular Steeples

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherContinuum (September 2012)
Edition2nd Revised edition
Number of Pages288
Thickness25 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4029995
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