- Series: Religion, Race, and Ethnicity
- Paperback: 283 pages
- Publisher: NYU Press; 58520th edition (February 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0814794521
- ISBN-13: 978-0814794524
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,456,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Watch This!: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Black Televangelism (Religion, Race, and Ethnicity) Paperback – February 1, 2009
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"An important examination of the Black Electronic Church. Jonathan Walton brings new insights into the major TV evangelists in the African American community."
-James H. Cone,Union Theological Seminary
“Watch This! offers a good overview and introduction to both televangelism and African American religiosity. . .Walton clearly and ably explicates just why people are attracted to this form of media.”
"Walton has written an invaluable book that scholars of black religion (not just black Christianity) in this country will do well to read and learn from."-Edward P. Antonio,Journal of Religion
“In this groundbreaking work, J. L. Walton moves us beyond the naive belief that televangelism is a territory dominated solely by the white religious right and introduces us to the intricate world of black televangelism... Walton challenges us to examine the relationship between the success of black televangelistic ministries and the failure of more traditional ecclesiastical and political movements to address the needs of those rendered socially invisible in our society. This book is highly recommended for any student of American and/or African-American religious history and religious studies.”-Religious Studies Review
“Walton presents a spectacular piece of contemporary scholarship on the Black Church and media. He asserts that his work is foremost a scholarly work in Christian social ethics but the reader will find that it is more than that. It is an attempt to bridge the person in the pulpit, pew, and classroom in such a way that the only song that can be sung is, ‘blest be the ties that bind.’”-Homiletic.net
“[Walton] points to the contrast between the individualized nature of problem-solving in contemporary televangelism and the social justice history of the African American religious tradition. Televangelism, by its very nature, works against the type of corporate religious consciousness that leads to social change and Walton documents this well.”-Prism
"One of the first books to thoughtfully analyze how African American television ministries are re-shaping the contours of black religious experiences. With critical insight into the theological, social, and political logics of three mega-ministries, Walton’s book provides just the stimulus we need for a long overdue conversation!"
-Marla Frederick,Harvard University
"This book is the best work we have on the complex dynamics of the Black megachurch phenomenon. Walton is a brilliant cultural critic and courageous prophetic voice!"
-Cornel West,Princeton University
About the Author
Jonathan L. Walton is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California, Riverside.
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As the reader begins to work through the chapters, they are enveloped in the discussions and discourses going on in the study of Black televangelism.
Walton's arguments and details are clear, concise, and critical. This book represents the best of scholarly work being done in the field of Religious Studies.
I highly recommend that anyone with an interested in Evangelical religion, culture, and media to pick up a copy and enjoy!