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Prophetically Incorrect: A Christian Introduction to Media Criticism

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   The Bible contains plenty of prophetic speech, but the title of "prophet" today is often used to describe those outside the biblical record: novelist Mark Twain, songwriter Bob Dylan, British poet William Blake, and legendary filmmaker Ingmar Bergman have each been dubbed a "prophet." However, there is little consensus about what the word "prophetic" means as it relates to communication. How does prophetic communication differ from prophecy? In a media-saturated age when many claim to speak for God, how can we evaluate the avalanche of supposedly prophetic speech? How can we communicate prophetically within a culture characterized by ideological division? Prophetically Incorrect argues that we must understand the priestly role of media before focusing on the prophetic.
    Media confirm everyday cultural assumptions and help propagandize political and religious establishments on both the right and the left. Using vivid examples, this book offers Christian communicators an integrated theology of culture and a model of communication that equips them to create, critique, and consume popular media. . It helps readers discern when to communicate prophetically and how to do so biblically and effectively. The book also provides practical suggestions for faithful communication and enables readers to think critically about communication technology. . This provocative book will be a valuable resource for communication and speech courses at Christian colleges and universities, pastors and other Christian communicators, journalists, and media critics. (208 pages)

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