Understanding Evangelical Media

Understanding Evangelical Media

The Changing Face of Christian Communication

Edited by Quentin J. Schultze and Robert H. Woods Jr.

Understanding Evangelical Media
  • Length: 347 pages
  • Dimensions: 6 × 9 in
  • Published: May 30, 2008
  •  Discontinued
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-2882-1
  • Item Code: 2882
  • Case Quantity: 28

As long as there has been a church, there has been Christian communication—"people of the book" bearing "the good news" from one place to another, persuading, teaching and even delighting an ever-broadening audience with the message of the gospel.

Amid ongoing advances in technology and an ever-more-multicultural context, however, the time has come for a broad appraisal of the state of evangelical communications. Quentin Schultze and Robert H. Woods Jr. have assembled scholars from across the country to analyze and assess a wide range of media including

  • radio
  • popular music
  • worship music and media
  • television
  • film
  • periodicals
  • books
  • Internet
  • church drama
  • comics
  • gaming
  • theme parks
  • advertising
  • public relations
  • merchandising

These shifting media, and the communications enterprise as a whole, are put in cultural and ethical perspective. Also addressed are Catholic and Jewish perspectives on the state of religious media.


Foreword by Clifford G. Christians
1. Getting the Conversation Going About Media and Culture (Quentin J. Schultze and Robert H. Woods Jr.)
2. Looking Beyond Radio for Listeners (Paul A. Creasman)
3. Thinking Outside the Tribal TV Box (Kathy Bruner)
4. Moving from Film to Digital Movies (Terry Lindvall and Andrew Quicke)
5. Pursuing New Periodicals in Print and Online (Ken Waters)
6. Publishing Books for the Tribe and Beyond (Michael A. Longinow)
7. Practicing Worship Media Beyond PowerPoint (Brian Fuller)
8. Going Digital with Contemporary Christian Music (Stephanie Bennett)
9. Praising God with Popular Worship Music (Robert H. Woods Jr.)
10. Following Pilgrims into Cyberspace (Quentin J. Schultze)
11. Evangelicals in Theater: Inching Toward Center Stage (Paul D. Patton)
12. Faith-Based Theme Parks and Museums: Multidemensional Media (Annalee Ward)
13. Merchandising Jesus Products (Diane M. Badzinski)
14. Converting Comic Books into Graphic Novels and Digital Cartoons (Thomas J. Carmody)
15. Evangelicals' Quest to Find God's Place in Games (Kevin Schut)
16. Advertising: Fueling a Passion for Consumption (Terri Lynn Cornwell)
17. Promoting Public Relations in a New-Media Environment (Peter A. Kerr)
18. Internationalizing Evangelical Media (Robert S. Fortner)
19. Energizing Media Ethics (Mark Fackler)
20. Considering a Catholic View of Evangelical Media (Paul A. Soukup, S.J.)
21. Looking with a Jew at Evangelical Popular Culture (Mark I. Pinsky)
Conclusion: Being Fairly Self-Critical About Evangelical Media

Quentin J. Schultze

Quentin J. Schultze is the author of over a dozen books on the relationship between faith and communications. He serves as executive director of the Gainey Institute for Faith and Communication and as Arthur H. DeKruyter Chair in Faith and Communication at Calvin College.

Robert Herbert Woods Jr.

Robert H. Woods Jr. holds a JD as well as a PhD in communication studies. He teaches communication in the graduate program at Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, Michigan. His books include Media Ethics: Cases in Moral Reasoning.