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Popologetics, Popular Culture in Christian Perspective

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Popologetics Is popular culture sinful or an imperfect reflection of Gods creativity? Turnau helps us understand popular culture from a biblical perspective; why Christian approaches often fail; and how to engage its challenges. Full description
Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 27th 2012 by Presbyterian and Reformed (first published April 2nd 2012)
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Frank Peters
Aug 13, 2016 Frank Peters rated it really liked it
This book was a surprise to me. I purchased it because the author is a friend, brother in the faith and colleague of mine. The topic however is not something that I have considered myself to be interested in. After all, I have systematically ignored much of popular culture; certainly those areas that are obviously idolatrous or mind numbing. This book did not try to convince me to embrace or even pay attention to much of the popular culture that I find objectionable or insulting. Rather it first ...more
Michael Kenan  Baldwin
Nov 11, 2016 Michael Kenan Baldwin rated it it was amazing
Really excellent, I'd give 4.5 stars rounded up to 5.
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May 03, 2016 Exodus Books rated it really liked it
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Few things are more ubiquitous or more divisive than popular culture. That said, what is it, and why should Christians worry about it or even have anything to do with it? Ted Turnau, a Christian teacher and thinker who lives in the Czech Republic, believes not only that Christians should think about pop culture, but that we should use it as a way to present the Gospel to our friends and family.
This is no easy task, but Popologetics is a very helpful training manual to help readers learn to ident
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Debs Taylor
Oct 05, 2016 Debs Taylor rated it it was amazing
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Excellent encouragement to engage popular culture with a Christian worldview, not being passive readers but active readers and using popular culture as the bridge to point to God's grace and the messy mix of idolatry and grace in all our lives.
Juan Reyes
I truly enjoyed reading this book by Ted Turnau. The author has helped me gain a new perspective on popular culture and why Christians should engage it critically (aside from just being spectators seeking entertainment). Briefly, the book draws attention to the worldviews that may underlie cultural texts (or pieces of pop culture; a song, a movie, etc.) and how us Christians can use apologetics (the author doesn’t take the “philosophical arguments for God’s existence” or “empirical evidence” ...more
Henk-Jan van der Klis
Jun 06, 2012 Henk-Jan van der Klis rated it it was amazing
Popular culture is everywhere around. You may love or hate it, but escape it is difficult, It’s a major carrier of (western) values and world view. And that’s where it meets Christianity. What is our response to popular culture, whether it’s a movie, social network, music, sculpture, painting or tv series. How relevant is popular culture to a Christian believer, and what’s our relevance in shaping culture? How should we engage in a non-Christian culture? Ted Turnau tries to formulate answers in ...more
Robert
Jan 09, 2013 Robert rated it it was amazing
Popologetics is an insightful, practically helpful and Biblical approach to the controversial and debatable topic of Popular Culture. Ted Turnau addresses the question of how a Christian should approach Pop Culture (or even whether they should approach it at all!) and he does so in a mature, honest, witty and wise manner which engages with the reader and provides a stimulating and truly thought-provoking read.

From a personal perspective, Ted’s book has put into clear words many of the things wh
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Lowell Usedo
May 05, 2014 Lowell Usedo rated it it was amazing
This is a critical book for all Christians of every denomination to read. One of the biggest challenges facing the modern day Christian church is how to engage the youth in a meaningful and honest way, without minimizing or chastising the things that they value, most of which are found in pop culture. This book is an especially essential read for all church leaders who work with young people. Turnau goes into meticulous detail examine the different kinds of mentality that are so popular within ...more
Ted Newell
Dec 19, 2012 Ted Newell rated it it was amazing
Turnau has a both-and theory of culture which sees the junk but appreciates the diamonds too. Discriminating Consumption R Us. He finishes with just-great dissections of five culture bits -- a movie, anime, etc., I can t remember. See my review in Themelios 35 (spring 2013). Turnau finds Christ obscured and revealed in popular culture. Deserves a wide audience and I hope he gets one. The cause will benefit.
Sean
Dec 09, 2013 Sean rated it really liked it
Despite my occasional disagreement, and the way the author misrepresents some writers whose views he opposes (not least Neil Postman), this is a fine book for helping Christians discern what's good and not-so-good about any work of pop culture - whether it is a song, film, TV series, or even a social networking site.
Jim V
Jun 11, 2013 Jim V rated it it was amazing
An excellent book on popular culture and how to engage with it through apologetics. Can't wait to try out the practical applications I learned through the book.
Jonathan
Apr 02, 2013 Jonathan rated it really liked it
Great insights and tools for evaluating and impacting contemporary culture from a Christian worldview.
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