Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Pop Goes Religion

by Terry Mattingly

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 more in depth on this topic. Especially if it could shed insight on the question 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 more substantial?
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