Steve Turner begins “Popcultured: Thinking Christianly About Style, Media and Entertainment” by asserting that we have all become “popcultured.”
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“I am a screenwriter. . . . If you don’t have a good story, you won’t have a good movie, no matter who is acting in it or lighting it or directing it or producing it. If the story doesn’t work, the movie doesn’t work” (9). Yes, the writer creates and “the story is king” (10).
Going beyond Christian consumption of and ghettoization of 20th century popular, mass art requires: “An engaged, critical, and productive involvement with the popular arts—grounded in a faith vision that encompasses all of life and culture” (14).
Smith’s “core claim . . . is that liturgies—whether ‘sacred’ or ‘secular’—shape and constitute our identities by forming our most fundamental desires and our most basic attunement to the world. . . . [i.e.,] liturgies make us certain kinds of people, and what defines us is what we love” (25)
Everyday Theology embodies the “theological lay of the cultural land” (7) and “Christian primer for cultural literacy” (11) I desire to inspire among members of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s Emerging Scholars Network