By Gordon Lynch

Over the previous ten years there was an explosion of curiosity in how faith and the sacred connect to the media and cultures of lifestyle. How are non secular groups, identities and rituals being reworked via new media reminiscent of the web? what's the value of the media whilst for lots of humans it turns into the first resource of pictures and of an come across with spiritual traditions? Do the media and pop culture themselves tackle spiritual value, and the way do humans utilize those well known assets to ""do"" faith within the modern global? As researchers have attempted to respond to those and different questions, a becoming physique of literature has started to increase. among Sacred and Profane deals an important overview of this younger and intriguing box of scholarship, highlighting either its achievements and flaws, and starting off an schedule for its subsequent section of research. The booklet is a useful consultant and guide for starting scholars who're trying to find a primary evaluate of the foremost matters and debates, in addition to for more matured students who desire to think of how their paintings will advance in destiny. among Sacred and Profane should be required analyzing for classes in theology, faith and modern tradition for a few years to come.

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In both their writing and practice they recognise different media’s potential: not only can it affirm religious insights, it can also communicate them to a wider audience. Their arguments could now easily be expanded to encapsulate newer media technologies, an area of work that Boomershine himself has invested considerable energy. g. Hodgson & Soukup, 1997)? Resources? What resources are available for researchers when they seek to go beyond the contrasting ‘dangers’ and ‘opportunities’ paradigms?

These are often understated or overlooked. By identifying these undercurrents the past, the present and the possible futures of this rapidly emerging field will become clearer. Dangers? What are the dangers or threats posed to religion by different media? This is not a new question. Plato was concerned that the invention of writing would undermine people’s ability to remember well. Influenced by this account, several early Christians expressed a concern that writing would threaten the faith (Horsfield, 2003).

19) draws on several of these books to illustrate how ‘television’ is perceived ‘as the chief culprit in the alleged decline and fall of contemporary culture’. 11). The American art historian Gregor Goethals (1993) suggests that ‘most religious thinkers struggling with media mythologies’ have worked more as ‘iconoclasts than iconofiers’. From this perspective the media are seen as in direct competition or even in conflict with religious traditions. My point here is that while these criticisms of television may now sound somewhat dated, similar responses manifest themselves in other highly critical accounts of other kinds of new and old media.

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