God in the Details: American Religion in Popular Culture

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Eric Michael Mazur, Kate McCarthy
Psychology Press, 2001 - Social Science - 326 pages
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Religion occupies a place of surprising importance in American culture. It pops up where we least expect it: on daytime talk shows, in the lyrics of Selena and Bruce Springsteen, cartoons, the Burning Man festival, even the Super Bowl. On the other hand, pastors of megachurches use the language of commodities, speaking of target markets and product positioning. This book seeks to account for this blurred boundary between religion and pop culture.
 

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The book is a collection of "essays" on religious overtones regarding various cultural issues in the United states. For example, the devotion demonstrated by people regarding the game of football and ... Read full review

Contents

popular myth and legend
17
Deliver Me from Nowhere
23
A Fire in the Sky
65
SelenaProphet Profit Princess
83
KAREN ANiJAR
92
popular ritual
103
Blood in the Barbecue?
109
Symptomatic Expression of Male Neuroses
123
Dropping in for the Holidays
139
Desert Goddesses and Apocalyptic Art
155
popular spirituality and morality
177
Our Ladies of the Airwaves
217
Homer the Heretic and Charlie Church
231
popular churches
249
Contributors
317
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About the author (2001)

Eric Mazur is Assistant Professor of Religion at Bucknell University and author of The Americanization of Religious Minorities (1999). Kate McCarthy is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at California State University in Chico.

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