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Author Byers, Andrew J., 1974-
Title Theomedia : the media of God and the digital age / by Andrew Byers.
Published Eugene, Oregon : Cascade Books, [2013]
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 Floor2  BR115.T42 B94 2013    IN LIBRARY
Description xii, 240 pages ; 23 cm
Content Type text
Format volume
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents In search of a script : is the Bible media savvy? -- Contextual gaps : media commercialized and secularized -- Harbingers of gloom and glory : Christian responses to media technology -- Media dark and bright : image making by fractured image bearers -- Creation and God-sponsored "media-events" -- Physical structures, visionary encounters, and the media of the absurd -- Word anxieties and word theology -- The story of the great king and the lost book : a narrative theology of God's words -- The page-splitting God who rips sky and veil : an interlude -- Gospel and incarnation : Jesus as the ultimate theomedium -- Crucifixion : cross-visuality and the eucharist -- Resurrection & ascension : word-media, baptism, and Christ as mediator -- Christ's return : apocalyptic media and the end of mediation -- The Spirit and the bride : a rough theological framework and "ecclesiomedia."
Summary The church is unsure of itself in the twenty-first century's media culture. Some Christians denounce digital media while others embrace the latest gadgets and apps as soon as they appear. Many of us are stumbling along amidst the tweets, status updates, podcasts, and blog posts, wondering if we have ventured into a realm beyond the scope of biblical wisdom. Though there is such a thing as "new media," Andrew Byers reminds us that the actual concept of media is ancient, theological, and even biblical. In fact, there is such a thing as the media of God. "TheoMedia" are means by which God communicates and reveals himself--creation, divine speech, inspired writings, the visual symbol of the cross, and more. Christians are actually called to media saturation. But the media that are to most prominently saturate our lives are the media of God. If God creates and uses media, then Scripture provides a theological logic by which we can create and use media in the digital age. This book is not an unqualified endorsement of the latest media products or a tirade against media technology. Instead, Byers calls us to rethink our understanding of media in terms of the media of God in the biblical story of redemption. -- Publisher
Subject Technology -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Digital communications -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Mass media -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Internet -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Technology -- Influence.
Digital communications -- Influence.
Mass media -- Influence.
Internet -- Influence.
Christianity and culture.
ISBN 1610979885
OCLC number 856567338