Religious Television: Controversies and Conclusions

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Robert Abelman, Stewart M. Hoover
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1990 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 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
I Myths and Misperceptions
9
II The History of Religious Television
53
III The Viewers of Religious Programming
85
IV How Religious Is Religious Television?
131
V The Electronic Collection Plate
157
VI The Lack of Division Between Electronic Church and State
193
VII The Portrayal of Religion on Secular Television
237
VIII The Portrayal of Family on Religious Television
281
IX Issues in International Religious Broadcasting
311
List of Contributors
353
Author Index
357
Subject Index
362
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