Salvation on the Small Screen?, by Bolz-Weber Nadia
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- ISBN: 9781596270862 | 1596270861
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 9/1/2008
A book for every person who's ever flipped past the religious channel on cable and thought, "I haven't the faintest clue what's going on there," or "that church doesn't seem like my church at all," or even, "wow, so that's what happened to Kirk Cameron." With the personalities of Christian broadcasting constantly in the news talking about every major issue from abortion to culture to war and with the amount of influence their movements have on the political discourse in this country, to understand more about that stop on the television dial is to understand more about America and America's religious landscape. On an average day, the largest religious broadcast channel in the country reaches millions of viewers and features programming from figures such as Benny Hinn, T.D. Jakes, Pat Robertson, Paul and Jan Crouch, Jesse Duplantis, Joel Osteen, and others, yet despite it's presence in well over 50 million households many have little conception of what kind of faith happens there. Nadia Bolz-Weber, a Lutheran seminarian and former stand-up comic who's never before watched religious broadcasting, spends 24 hours in front of the TV immersing herself in the messages and culture to be found on that part of the dial. Bolstered by visits from guests such as a rabbi, her 8 year old daughter, a Unitarian friend, and others, 24 Hours in Heaven is Bolz-Weber's chronicle, augmented by after-the-fact research, of a huge, but unknown or mysterious to many, branch of religious culture.