Religious Television: Controversies and Conclusions

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Robert Abelman, Stewart M. Hoover
Ablex Publication Corporation, Jan 1, 1990 - Business & Economics - 366 pages
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This volume addresses the various and highly topical controversies surrounding religious television by examining its history, structure, content, viewship, and social impact. It represents a compilation of original essays written by the world's leading scholars, regulators, authorities, and watchdogs of religious television. Each controversy is addressed from a wide range of perspectives. The result is a most interesting exchange of ideas and ideologies: the presentation of empirical data, theology and learned opinion, and an assortment of insightful conclusions.

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Contents

Introduction
1
2
18
Defining the Electronic Church
41
4
57
The Public Trust versus the Almighty Dollar
71
The Viewers of Religions Programming
85
8
99
How Religious Is Religious Television?
131
The Lack of Division Between Electronic
193
19
227
The Portrayal of Religion on Secular
237
21
249
Television Religion and Fundamentalist Distortions
265
23
275
The Portrayal of Family on Religious
281
25
287

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147
12
153
13
159
14
165
The Selling of Salvation in the Electronic Church
173
Arthur C Borden Evangelical Council for Financial
185
The Religious Television Family Portrait
295
Issues in International Religious
311
List of Contributors
353
Subject Index
362
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About the author (1990)

Stewart M. Hoover is Professor of Media Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA, where he directs the Center for Media, Religion and Culture.

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