Details for Theology and Popular Culture
- Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
- Paper code: THE304
- Credit points: 15
- Total workload hours per week: 150
- Number of timetabled hours per week: 4 *
THE101 – Christian Worldview
The following courses are prerequisites:
The paper Theology and Popular Culture is part of the subject area Theology and is offered as a part of the following Awards: Bachelor of Contemporary Ministry (New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)).
This paper is designed to explore the mediums of popular culture (film, television and music) with a view to understanding the values and meanings of life in a global context and to explore these in the light of contemporary Christian life and thought.
Students should be able to:
- Analyse the way in which the mediums of popular culture provide a window into the values and meanings that frame life in a globalized world
- Explain and apply hermeneutical tools for the purpose of understanding the meanings conveyed in film, television and contemporary music
- Discuss theological concepts, themes and issues expressed through the various mediums of pop culture
- Assess the potential and use film, television and music in the prophetic task of proclaiming the gospel for the contemporary church
- The interplay between culture and the mediums of popular culture
- Reading Pop-culture texts
- Jesus Christ movie star: cinematic portrayals of Christ
- Explorations of human identity and purpose
- Redemptive analogies
- Discernment: Making judgements about the “worthiness” of pop cultural texts
This course may be offered in the following formats
Lectures, class presentations, discussion, tutorials, film, and web-based interaction.
Forum Postings (20%, 2500 words); Worksheet (30%, 1500 words); Multi-media Presentation (50%, 5 mins)
Lynch, G. Understanding Theology and Popular Culture. Oxford: Blackwell, 2005
Aichele, G. & Walsh, R. (eds). Screening Scripture: Intertextual Connections Between Scripture and Films. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Trinity Press, 2002.
Beard, S. et al. Spiritual Journeys: How Faith Has Influenced 12 Music Icons. Lake Mary, FL: Relevant Books, 2003.
Christianson, E., Francis, P. and Telford, W. Cinéma Divinité: Religion, Theology and the Bible in Film. London: SCM, 2005.
Clark, A.J. & Fiddes, P.S. (eds). Flickering Images: Theology and Film in Dialogue. Oxford: Regents Park College, 2005.
Clifton, S. “Discernment and the Search for Beauty in the Cinema.” Society of Pentecostal Studies, 2009.
Davis Jr, Walter J., et al. Watching What We Watch: Prime-Time Television Through the Lens of Faith. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2001.
Deacy, C. Faith in Film. Hampshire, England: Ashgate, 2005.
________.Screen Christologies: Redemption and the Medium of Film, Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2001.
Godawa, B. Hollywood Worldviews—Watching Films with Wisdom & Discernment. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002.
Higgins, G. How the Movies Helped Save My Soul: Finding Spiritual Fingerprints in Culturally Significant Films. Lake Mary, FL: Relevant Books, 2003.
Johnston, R. Reel Spirituality: Theology and Film in Dialogue. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2000.
Light, A. Reel Arguments: Film, Philosophy and Social Criticism. Colorado, U.S.A: Westview Press, 2003.
Marsh, C. Cinema and Sentiment: Film’s Challenge to Theology. Milton Keynes, U.K: Paternoster, 2004.
Pinsky, M.I. The Gospel According to the Simpsons. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2001.
Romanowski, W.D. Pop Culture Wars: Religion & the Role of Entertainment in American Life. Downers Grove, Il: IVP, 1996.
_______________. Eyes Wide Open: Looking for God in Popular Culture. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 2001.
Seay, C. The Gospel According to Tony Soprano. Lake Mary, Fl: Relevant Books, 2002.
Stockman, S. The Rock Cries Out: Discovering Eternal Truth in Unlikely Music. Lake Mary, FL: Relevant Books, 2004.
_____________. Walk On: The Spiritual Journey of U2. Lake Mary, FL: Relevant Books, 2003.
Tillich, P. Theology of Culture. Oxford University Press, 1959.
Turner, S. The Gospel According to the Beatles. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2006.
Journal of Contemporary Religion