Hristianity as Mediated by Americaas Entertainment Culture & Justin Bieber
The intention of my essay is to outline the interaction between popular culture and the Christian tradition in a format that does not adhere to any specific religious tradition. My aim is to explore the objectification of the divine in popular culture through the examination of cultural and commercial contexts of popular media such as film, celebrity, television, music, sports, and advertizing. Furthermore, I intend to reveal covert representations of themes rooted in the Christian tradition within overtly secular media pursuits. Overall, my goal is to explore popular cultureas engagement with Christianity through a syncretistic and unsystematic approach that outlines the lived experience of American religiosity. , I aim to unpack the tension between the sacred and the profane, the public and the private, and the religious and the secular, in order to bring forth a cohesive consensus of the foundational constituents of American religiosity (as exerted) in popular culture.
***FOCUS OF THIS ESSAY is Justin Bieber as an ICON/EXAMPLE that links Christianity and Popular Culture
Specifics to explore
1)Link between Justin Bieber and contemporary popular Christians
2)Justin, Christianity, and his Marketing Efforts
Hit Single: I Pray
I need you to write a 15 paged paper.
I have attached the necessary sources below to tie into the Justin Bieber sources above. Please feel free to add additional sources.Justin Bieber is going to be the focus of which makes the connection between Christianity and Popular culture more distinct as outline through some of the newspaper examples I posted above.
1) Cashmore, Ellis. Celebrity Culture. London: Routledge, 2006. Print
2) Lacorne, Denis. Religion in America: A Political History. New York: Columbia UP, 2011. Print.
3) Laderman, Gary. Sacred Matters: Celebrity Worship, Sexual Ecstasies, the Living Dead, and Other Signs of Religious Life in the United States. New York: New, 2009. Print.
4) Lynch, Gordon. Understanding Theology and Popular Culture. Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub., 2005. Print.
5) Lippy, Charles H. Being Religious, American Style: A History of Popular Religiosity in the United States. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1994. Print.
6) Markus, R. A. Christianity and the Secular. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame, 2006. Print.
7) Marti, Gerardo. Hollywood Faith: Holiness, Prosperity, and Ambition in a Los Angeles Church. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, 2008. Print.
8) Metzger, Paul Louis. The Word of Christ and the World of Culture: Sacred and Secular through the Theology of Karl Barth. Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans Pub., 2003. Print.
9) Moncrieff, Scott. Screen Deep: A Christian Perspective on Pop Culture. Hagerstown, MD: Review and Herald Pub. Association, 2007. Print.
10) Ward, Pete. Gods Behaving Badly: Media, Religion, and Celebrity Culture. Waco, TX: Baylor UP, 2011. Print.