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Popologetics: Popular Culture in Christian Perspective Paperback – May 7, 2012
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--Brian Godawa, Hollywood Screenwriter, Author of Hollywood Worldviews
"This is one of the freshest and most original books I have read in ages. . . . A fine blend of worldview apologetics and cutting-edge cultural analysis. . . . I thoroughly commend it."
--Richard M. Cunningham, CEO, Intervarsity UK
"A tour-de-force. Written incisively, with appropriate humor, and especially using up-to-date examples from the field of popular culture . . . there is nothing remotely like it in print today. I recommend it enthusiastically." --William Edgar, Professor of Apologetics, Westminster Theological Seminary
This is one of the freshest and most original books I have read in ages. . . . A fine blend of worldview apologetics and cutting-edge cultural analysis. . . . I thoroughly commend it. --Richard M. Cunningham, CEO, Intervarsity UK
A tour-de-force. Written incisively, with appropriate humor, and especially using up-to-date examples from the field of popular culture . . . there is nothing remotely like it in print today. I recommend it enthusiastically --William Edgar, Professor of Apologetics, Westminster Theological Seminary
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My feel about this book is that it has a strong redemptive element but puts up a weak defense against the principalities of evil. Having said that, it is an extremely readable book and is an excellent resource in terms of reading culture with positive eyes. However, let this book be read together with Neil Postman's or Marshall McLuhan's resources.Read more ›
This is a very comprehensive book; it's like taking a mini-course on worldview, pop culture, and Christian apologetics. You can tell that Turnau is a teacher by the very organized and instructive way the book is formatted. He clearly defines all his terms, and even gives us visual learners a few pictures (my favorite is his worldview tree). He teaches us that in many ways, popular culture is like a mirror that reflects the popular imagination, but then further informs and shapes us. "Through this dialogue, this listening to and shaping the imagination of its audience, popular culture's influence runs deep (far deeper than we realize) and wide (it is nearly ubiquitous, like something in the air we breathe). And it affects us at the level of worldview, how we understand the reality around and in us. The influence on our worldview is simply undeniable" (Loc 526-537). Turnau's passion and style are very Schaeffer-esque. Francis Schaeffer's books introduced many of these ideas to me in my early college years, so I am very happy to see a modern-day approach targeted to the popular culture of our time.Read more ›
Instead of attempting to refute these perspectives that are more cautious and critical of pop culture, the author simply dismisses them. And he dismisses them by caricaturing them. The most blatant example of this is how he falls prey to the fallacy of excluded middle and sets up a false dichotomy between "high" and "low" culture, accusing authors such as Ken Myers and Neil Postman of perpetuating this dichotomy and even unwittingly being racist in the process!
Our author cavalierly dismisses Ken Myers's nuanced construction of "traditional" or "folk" culture, sweeping it under the carpet in one footnote. But this component of Myers's approach is the very thing that defends him against Turnau's false dichotomy.Read more ›
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This is a must for any Christian looking to understand the culture. If you are engaged in evangelism (which you should be) or if apologetics in general are of interest, this is a... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Marco Sherman
I don't agree with the author on everything but a very insightful read.Published 20 months ago by David Valente
Good introduction to the relationship between christianity and popular culture. Turnau is able to clarify many concepts, to picture his own view on how to see popular culture. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Tomi Koho
Popologetics is a fantastic resource for Christians who want to think clearly and Biblically about engaging the culture, popular or otherwise. Read morePublished 23 months ago by M. A. D'Virgilio
There is really no other books on culture, or worldviews, or apologetics that cover the topics covered in this book. Read morePublished on July 5, 2013 by Phillip S.
if you are okay with the argument that questionable entertainment and its consumption is valuable then you will enjoy this book. Read morePublished on May 28, 2013 by David Smith
The author of this book is insightful enough to know that in the Northern Hemisphere, there is a plethora of Christian resources, but in Europe, there are few. Read morePublished on January 18, 2013 by Vivian
Popologetics: Popular Culture in Christian Perspective, by Ted Turnau is a masterful, engaging, and very helpful examination into how Christians can take too seriously Jesus'... Read morePublished on September 14, 2012 by Dave Jenkins