Religion: Religion & Popular Culture

  • Christianity and the Triumph of Humor: From Dante to David Javerbaum book cover

    Christianity and the Triumph of Humor

    From Dante to David Javerbaum, 1st Edition

    By Bernard Schweizer

    This book traces the development of religious comedy and leverages that history to justify today’s uses of religious humor in all of its manifestations, including irreverent jokes. It argues that regulating humor is futile and counterproductive, illustrating its point with a host of comedic…

    Hardback – 2019-07-25 
    Routledge
    Routledge New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology and Biblical Studies

  • Film and the Afterlife book cover

    Film and the Afterlife

    1st Edition

    By David Rankin

    This book explores how post-death existence is represented in popular film, looking at issues such as continuity, personal identity, and the nature of existence beyond the grave. Film often returns to the theme of dying, death and the afterlife, both directly and indirectly, because there are very…

    Hardback – 2019-07-18 
    Routledge
    Routledge Studies in Religion and Film

  • Religious Entrepreneurism in China’s Urban House Churches: The Rise and Fall of Early Rain Reformed Presbyterian Church book cover

    Religious Entrepreneurism in China’s Urban House Churches

    The Rise and Fall of Early Rain Reformed Presbyterian Church, 1st Edition

    By Li Ma

    This book offers a unique historical documentation of the development of the ambitious religious entrepreneurism by leaders of the Early Rain church (and later Western China Presbytery leadership), in an effort to gain social influence in China through local institution-building and global public…

    Hardback – 2019-07-16 
    Routledge
    Routledge Studies in Religion

  • The Diversity of Nonreligion: Normativities and Contested Relations book cover

    The Diversity of Nonreligion

    Normativities and Contested Relations, 1st Edition

    By Johannes Quack, Cora Schuh, Susanne Kind

    This book explores the relational dynamic of religious and nonreligious positions as well as the tensions between competing modes of nonreligion. Across the globe, individuals and communities are seeking to distinguish themselves in different ways from religion as they take on an identity…

    Hardback – 2019-07-10 
    Routledge
    Routledge Studies in Religion

  • The Bible, Social Media and Digital Culture book cover

    The Bible, Social Media and Digital Culture

    1st Edition

    By Peter M. Phillips

    This book centres on the use of the Bible within contemporary digital social media culture and gives an overview of its use online with examples from brand new research from the CODEC Research Centre at Durham University, UK. It examines the shift from a propositional to a therapeutic approach to…

    Hardback – 2019-07-09 
    Routledge
    Routledge Focus on Religion

  • The Fourth Secularisation: Autonomy of Individual Lifestyles book cover

    The Fourth Secularisation

    Autonomy of Individual Lifestyles, 1st Edition

    By Luigi Berzano

    This book examines recent forms of secularisation to demonstrate that we are now witnessing a "fourth secularisation": the autonomy of lifestyles. After introducing two initial secularising movements, from mythos to Logos and from Logos to Christianity, the book sets out how from Max Weber onwards…

    Hardback – 2019-06-12 
    Routledge
    Routledge Focus on Religion

  • Celebrity Morals and the Loss of Religious Authority book cover

    Celebrity Morals and the Loss of Religious Authority

    1st Edition

    By John Portmann

    This book examines American popular culture to demonstrate that celebrities have superseded religious figures as moral authorities. As trust in religious institutions has waned over recent decades, the once frivolous entertainment fringe has become the moral center. Young people and voters…

    Hardback – 2019-05-20 
    Routledge
    Routledge Studies in Religion

  • Gaming and the Divine: A New Systematic Theology of Video Games book cover

    Gaming and the Divine

    A New Systematic Theology of Video Games, 1st Edition

    By Frank G. Bosman

    This book formulates a new theological approach to the study of religion in gaming. Video games have become one of the most important cultural artifacts of modern society, both as mediators of cultural, social, and religious values and in terms of commercial success. This has led to a significant…

    Hardback – 2019-03-29
    Routledge
    Routledge New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology and Biblical Studies

  • The Bible and Digital Millennials book cover

    The Bible and Digital Millennials

    1st Edition

    By David G. Ford, Joshua L. Mann, Peter M. Phillips

    The Bible and Digital Millennials explores the place of the Bible in the lives of 18 to 35 year-olds who have been born into the digital age. As the use of digital media becomes increasingly pervasive, it should follow that it will have a significant effect on people’s engagement with religion and…

    Hardback – 2019-03-12
    Routledge
    Routledge Focus on Religion

  • The Paranormal and Popular Culture: A Postmodern Religious Landscape book cover

    The Paranormal and Popular Culture

    A Postmodern Religious Landscape, 1st Edition

    Edited by Darryl Caterine, John W. Morehead

    Interest in preternatural and supernatural themes has revitalized the Gothic tale, renewed explorations of psychic powers and given rise to a host of social and religious movements based upon claims of the fantastical. And yet, in spite of this widespread enthusiasm, the academic world has been…

    Hardback – 2019-02-21
    Routledge
    Routledge Studies in Religion

  • Blogging My Religion: Secular, Muslim, and Catholic Media Spaces in Europe book cover

    Blogging My Religion

    Secular, Muslim, and Catholic Media Spaces in Europe, 1st Edition

    By Giulia Evolvi

    Religion in Europe is currently undergoing changes that are reconfiguring physical and virtual spaces of practice and belief, and these changes need to be understood with regards to the proliferation of digital media discourses. This book explores religious change in Europe through a comparative…

    Hardback – 2018-10-25
    Routledge
    Routledge Studies in Religion and Digital Culture

  • Hinduism and Hindu Nationalism Online book cover

    Hinduism and Hindu Nationalism Online

    1st Edition

    By Juli L. Gittinger

    The way people encounter ideas of Hinduism online is often shaped by global discourses of religion, pervasive Orientalism and (post)colonial scholarship. This book addresses a gap in the scholarly debate around defining Hinduism by demonstrating the role of online discourses in generating and…

    Hardback – 2018-10-02
    Routledge
    Routledge Studies in Religion

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