By Shirley R. Steinberg

ISBN-10: 0813344050

ISBN-13: 9780813344058

For greater than thousand years Christian enlargement and proselytizing was once couched by way of “defending the faith.” until eventually lately within the usa, a lot of that safety got here within the kind of reactions opposed to the “liberal” impacts channeled via big-corporate media resembling well known song, Hollywood videos, and community and cable tv. however the election of Ronald Reagan as a Hollywood President brought Christian the US to the instruments of ads and multimedia appeals to kids and adolescence to win new believers to God’s armies.   Christotainment examines how Christian fundamentalism has realigned its armies to strive against threats opposed to it via utilizing the forces it as soon as thought of its leader enemies: the leisure media, together with video clips, tv, tune, cartoons, subject matter parks, games, and books. Invited members talk about the severe theoretical frameworks of top-selling units inside of Christian popular culture and the attract lots of yankee souls during the blessed marriage of corporatism and the hunt for excitement.

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The good news of Mel Gibson’s Passion. In Mel Gibson’s Bible: Religion, popular culture, and The Passion of the Christ, ed. T. Beal and T. Linafelt. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Thomas, P. 2005. Christian fundamentalism and the media. uk/wacc/publications/media_development/2005_2christian_fun damentalism_and_themedia (accessed July 18, 2008). World Can’t Wait. 2006. A carnival of theocrats. story/2006/5/15/04817/0699 (accessed July 18, 2008). 0813344058-Steinberg:Layout 1 12/16/08 11:24 AM Page 22 This page intentionally left blank 0813344058-Steinberg:Layout 1 12/16/08 11:24 AM Page 23 ii Christian Soldier Jesus The Intolerant Savior and the Political Fundamentalist Media Empire joe l.

When such a literal reading is placed in an entertainment and marketing format, even more of the original text’s significance and consequence is removed. The study of these dynamics of interpretation and meaning making, so central to the issues discussed in this book, are simply not important in the collective consciousness of the political fundamentalists. Part of the explanation for this involves the vicious anti-intellectualism and even antirationality of many—certainly not all— 0813344058-Steinberg:Layout 1 12/16/08 11:24 AM Page 29 Christian Soldier Jesus 29 of the political fundamentalists in question.

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