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Quoting God
How Media Shape Ideas about Religion and Culture

Edited by Claire Hoertz Badaracco

Quoting God
Paperback, 320 pages $34.95
Published: 1st January 2005
ISBN: 9781932792065
Format: 9in x 6in


Subjects: All Cultural Studies, All Religious Studies, All Rhetoric Studies, Media Studies

Quoting God charts the many ways in which media reports religion news, how media uses the quoted word to describe lived faith, and how media itself influences—and is influenced by—religion in the public square. The volume intentionally brings together the work of academics, who study religion as a crucial factor in the construction of identity, and the work of professional journalists, who regularly report on religion in an age of instant and competitive news. This book clearly demonstrates that the relationship between media culture and spiritual culture is foundational and multi-directional; that the relationship between news values and religion in political life is influential; and that the relationship among modernity, belief, and journalism is pivotal.

Acknowledgments

Foreword

John Dart, Christian Century Magazine

Introduction: Quotation and the Life of Public Texts

Claire Hoertz Badaracco, Marquette University

1. Journalism and the Religious Imagination

John Schmalzbauer, College of the Holy Cross

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Radio in Tibet: A Portable Window on the Sacred

John B. Buescher, Tibetan News Service, Voice of America

2. God Talk in the Public Square

C. Welton Gaddy, National Interfaith Alliance

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Law and the Middle East Media: Between Censorship and Independence

Mohammed el-Nawawy, Georgia State University

3. The First Amendment and the Falun Gong

Paul Moses, Brooklyn College

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First Amendment and the Common Good

Peter Smith, Louisville Courier-Journal

4. A Framework for Understanding Fundamentalism

Rebecca Moore, San Diego State University

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Modernity and Fundamentalism in Mongolia

Corey Flintoff, National Public Radio

5. Biblical Prophecy and Foreign Policy

Paul S. Boyer, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Post-9/11 Media and Muslim Identity in American Media

Aslam Abdallah, Minaret and Muslim Observer

6. Last Words: Death and Public Self-Expression

John P. Ferré, University of Louisville

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Comedy and Death in Media Space

Mark I. Pinsky, Orlando Sentinel

7. Collective Memory, National Identity: Victims and Victimizers in Japan

Richard A. Gardner, Sophia University-Tokyo

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Religious Contradiction and the Japanese Soul

Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times

8. Appalachian Regional Identity in National Media

Howard Dorgan, Appalachian State University

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The Reporter as Participant-Observer

Adam Phillips, Voice of America

9. The Virgin of Guadalupe as Cultural Icon

Virgilio Elizondo, University of Notre Dame

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Desert Religions

Richard Rodriguez, Pacific News Service

10 Reporting Complexity: Science and Religion

Jame Schaefer, Marquette University

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Fairness and Pressure Advocacy in Controversial Science

Joe Williams, New York Daily News

11 Vatican Opinion on Modern Communication

Paul Soukup, S.J., University of Santa Clara

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Mocha and Meditation Mats

David Crumm, Detroit Free Press

Conclusion: A Relationship of Overlapping Conversations

Gustav Niebuhr, Syracuse University

Notes

Bibliography

About the Contributors

Index

Badaracco has assembled an impressive collection of essays by leading scholars and journalism professionals... Those who have, or will have, the responsibility for analyzing and reporting on religion should have access to this timely volume... Highly recommended.

—CHOICE

For better and for worse, we are all connected as people shaped by media. This rich and multi-faceted reader in religion and modern communications shows how the need to tell each other stories affects the shapers and the shaped.

—Kenneth L. Woodward, Contributing Editor, Newsweek

Quoting God is a testament to the stunning diversity and complexity of what Gus Niebuhr calls the “religion-media encounter.” Of the many significant contributions the book makes, one of the most important is to remind us that religion intersects with almost every conceivable journalistic “beat.”  The book illustrates the kind of fresh and informative stories that can result when journalists recognize these intersections. 

—Melissa Rogers, Visiting Professor of Religion and Public Policy Wake Forest University Divinity School

The essays in this book each make a unique contribution on a subject must discussed but little understood.

—Michael Cromartie, Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington

Claire Hoertz Badaracco (Ph. D. Rutgers) is Full Professor in the College of Communication, Marquette University.  She is the author of Prescribing Faith: Medicine, Media, and Religion in American Culture (2008), Trading Words: Poetry, Typography, and Illustrated Books in the Modern Literary Economy (1995), and American Culture and the Marketplace (1992).



Publication Details:


Binding:
 Paperback , 320 pages
ISBN:
 9781932792065
Format:
 9in x 6in

BISAC Code:
  REL084000
Imprint:
 Baylor University Press



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