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    Personal Jesus: How Popular Music Shapes Our Souls (Engaging Culture) (Paperback) By (author) Clive Marsh, By (author) Vaughan S Roberts

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    DescriptionPop music is now an ever-present force shaping citizens in the West. Even at funerals, pop music is often requested over hymns. But how does popular music work? And what roles does it play for listeners who engage it? This new addition to the critically acclaimed Engaging Culture series explores the theological significance of the ways pop music is listened to and used today. The authors show that popular music is used by religious and nonreligious people alike to make meaning, enabling listeners to explore human concerns about embodiment, create communities, and tap into transcendence. They assess what is happening to Christian faith and theology as a result. The book incorporates case studies featuring noted music artists of our day--including David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Sigur Ros, Pete Seeger, Bruce Springsteen, and Lady Gaga--and includes practical implications for the church, the academy, and daily musical listening. It also includes a foreword by Tom Beaudoin, author of "Virtual Faith."


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    Title
    Personal Jesus
    Subtitle
    How Popular Music Shapes Our Souls
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Clive Marsh, By (author) Vaughan S Roberts
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 234
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780801039096
    ISBN 10: 0801039096
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.0
    BIC E4L: SOC
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP028
    Ingram Spring Arbor Market: Y
    Ingram Theme: RELI/CHRIST
    B&T General Subject: 690
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25440
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: JHBS
    BISAC V2.8: SOC022000
    Ingram Subject Code: PR
    Libri: I-PR
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    BISAC V2.8: REL013000, REL102000
    B&T Approval Code: A13683000
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    DC22: 306.48423
    DC23: 306.48423
    DC22: 306.4/8423
    LC classification: ML3921.8.P67 M27 2012
    Publisher
    Baker Publishing Group
    Imprint name
    Baker Academic, Div of Baker Publishing Group
    Publication date
    15 January 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Ada, MI
    Author Information
    Clive Marsh (DPhil, University of Oxford) is senior lecturer at and director of the Institute of Lifelong Learning, University of Leicester, in Leicester, England. He is the author of many books, including "Cinema and Sentiment: Film's Challenge to Theology "and" Theology Goes to the Movies: An Introduction to Critical Christian Thinking." Vaughan S. Roberts (PhD, University of Bath) is rector at the Collegiate Church of St. Mary in Warwick, England, and an active writer on topics of religion and contemporary culture.
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    How Popular Music Shapes Our Souls Pop music is now an ever-present force shaping citizens in the West. Even at funerals, it is often requested over hymns. But how does popular music work, and what roles does it play for listeners who engage it? "Personal Jesus" explores the theological significance of the ways pop music is listened to and used today. Popular music is used by religious and nonreligious people alike to make meaning, enabling us to explore human concerns about embodiment, create communities, and tap into transcendence. The authors assess what is happening to Christian faith and theology as a result and explore practical implications for the church, the academy, and daily musical listening. ""Personal Jesus "is one of the best theological treatments of pop culture I have ever read. Marsh and Roberts offer a many-layered, comprehensive model for how we can more thoughtfully understand and engage pop music. Weaving together an impressive array of scholarship on the subject and a wide variety of music--everyone from Springsteen to Lady Gaga--"Personal Jesus" is a book that will help pastors, students, scholars, and everyday music fans better understand how and why pop music matters in the Christian life." --Brett McCracken, author of "Hipster Christianity " "Marsh and Roberts prepare the way for a new style of making theological sense of popular culture. The continued decline of the influence of religious traditions makes this kind of theological study even more imperative. In this situation, Marsh and Roberts show us why studying the lived experience of popular music is an imperative if we want to find out where religion cohabitates with ordinary stuff, more or less openly, today: in the spaces of meaning communicated by music in everyday life." --Tom Beaudoin, Fordham University; author of "Virtual Faith" (from the foreword)