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Nancy T. Ammerman

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195305418

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305418.001.0001

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 Religion, Twice Removed: Exploring the Role of Media in Religious Understandings among “Secular” Young People

 Religion, Twice Removed: Exploring the Role of Media in Religious Understandings among “Secular” Young People

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Everyday Religion
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Lynn Schofield Clark

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305418.003.0004

Popular entertainment media are implicit (and sometimes explicit) means by which a culture describes itself, including the images and ideas, stories, and fantasies that draw from and supply its religious imagination. Using in-depth interviews with 71 young people who describe themselves as not very religious, this chapter explores the role of these media in young peoples’ understandings of religion and spirituality. Most of these teens freely and energetically explore the “what if?” world of the entertainment media. Some are fascinated by supernatural spiritual images that echo the “dark side” of evangelicalism’s emphasis on sin and punishment. Others see in films and television programs signs of spiritual comfort. And a few, the true secularists, see nothing spiritual at all.

Keywords:   teens, popular entertainment, television, film, supernatural, secularists, evangelicalism

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