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Pop Goes Religion Faith in Popular Culture Johnny Cash Harry Potter the Simpsons and John Grisham What do all of these icons in pop culture have to do with faith Find the answer in Pop Goes Religion; relevant insight into the world of today's entertainmentIn this collection of essays popular American journalist Terry Mattingly teaches readers how to identify elements of faith in today's pop cultureTopics includeGod Popular MusicFaith the Big ScreenGod on TVInk Paper and GodPolitics and Current EventsFrom music to movies politics to the pope Mattingly explores the matters of the heart with a fresh and relevant perspective Got 50 pages in and wasnt enjoying myself at all So I stopped Pop Goes Religion is a collection of articles from the late 1990s and early 2000s from journalist Terry Mattingly who wrote a weekly syndicated column about the intersection of appropriately enough religion and pop culture I finally found a copy after years of searching and although I liked it well enough I think it probably would have been better had I read it closer to its time of publishing in the mid aughtsThe subject matter here is what you would mostly expect based on the time Harry Potter; The Lord of the Rings; The Matrix; Star Wars; and It really is like a time capsule for that decade especially for me as someone who was interacting with faith and pop culture in that time period It was largely focused on Christianity which is not surprising considering that is Mattingly's background but I did find myself wishing that he had included articles about other faith traditions as wellAlso by the nature of the kinds of discussions that can be had in newspapers in around five hundred words apiece Pop Goes Religion stays mostly at the surface level on its subject matter This is not a deep dive study but of a survey of the time It's good for what it is but it definitely felt anachronistic in this new age of internet journalism That said there are some great thoughts included here and it will definitely stay on my shelf for future reference Pop Goes Religion is a collection of articles by Terry Mattingly looking at the role and relationship of Christianity in and to the popular culture of the late nineties and early aughts He looks at all areas of the culture from music to comics movies to advertising Mr Mattingly raises some interesting issues The problem is each article is only a bit over two pages long The book reminded me of the late lamented Cornerstone magazine but it was way too light in comparison 'Twas true waiting room material I would have loved to have read something in depth on this topic Especially if it could shed insight on the uestion about pop culture that troubles me when the church engages people dwelling in the popular culture do we stay there with them? Or do we try to help them find a culture that's substantial? The book Pop Goes Religion by Terry mattingly is about one mans understanding of what has happened to religion within popular culture The book is composed of a collection of excerpts from different articles written by MrMattingly They are not bias in anyway but they are a bit outdated some information being as old as 13 years old However it is still a good book for christians and other religions alike The book talks about how religion specifically Christianity is bashed and forgotten in current pop culture while most christians just sit and watch as it happens I learned that the majority of american christians do not have the spiritual tools needed to pick up on the bashing as easily as they maybe should All in all a good read

  • Paperback
  • 224 pages
  • Pop Goes Religion Faith in Popular Culture
  • Terry Mattingly
  • English
  • 10 May 2016
  • 9780849909986

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