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The (Magic) Kingdom of God: Christianity and Global Culture Industries

by Michael L. Budde

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An amazing look at the formative power of consumerism in culture. Budde proposes that if the church is to have any chance of forming its people, it must turn passive receivers of advertising, marketing and media into active participants that can recognize the anti-liturgy of the message and turn it into a sort of liturgy through active protestation of these messages. ( )
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In The (Magic) Kingdom of God, Michael Budde offers a multidisciplinary analysis of the “global culture industries”—increasingly powerful, centralized corporate conglomerates in television, advertising, marketing, movies, and the like—and their impact on Christian churches in industrialized countries. Utilizing ideas from contemporary and classical schools of political economy, the author explains why the study of global culture industries is essential for understanding the current era of global capitalism.In suggesting that the cultural ecology shaped by these industries undermines many of the primary processes and structures through which people become committed Christians, Budde offers a novel utilization of linguistic-based theories of religious formation. Responses by churches to the new situation—more religious education or attempts to use the global culture industries for Christian purposes—are explored and found lacking. For the subversive praxis of Jesus of Nazareth to endure in the cultural ecology of postmodernism, Budde argues, churches must come to embrace their role as radical and countercultural alternative communities in which lay formation becomes a central preoccupation.

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