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Amusing Ourselves to Death

By Neil Postman
  • ISBN Code: : 1101042621
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 208
  • Category : Social Science
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What happens when media and politics become forms of entertainment? As our world begins to look more and more like Orwell's 1984, Neil's Postman's essential guide to the modern media is more relevant than ever. "It's unlikely that Trump has ever read Amusing Ourselves to Death, but his ascent would not have surprised Postman.” -CNN Originally published in 1985, Neil Postman’s groundbreaking polemic about the corrosive effects of television on our politics and public discourse has been hailed as a twenty-first-century book published in the twentieth century. Now, with television joined by more sophisticated electronic media—from the Internet to cell phones to DVDs—it has taken on even greater significance. Amusing Ourselves to Death is a prophetic look at what happens when politics, journalism, education, and even religion become subject to the demands of entertainment. It is also a blueprint for regaining control of our media, so that they can serve our highest goals. “A brilliant, powerful, and important book. This is an indictment that Postman has laid down and, so far as I can see, an irrefutable one.” –Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World

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  • Pdf File: war-in-heaven-heaven-on-earth.pdf

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The apocalypse is a motif that lies behind many religious beliefs and practices. 'War in Heaven/Heaven on Earth' theorizes the apocalyptic as it has arisen in a variety of religious traditions, from Native American religion to Islam in Northern Nigeria and new terrorist movements. Millennial theory and history are explored from the perspective of social psychology, sociology and post-modern philosophy. The volume is unique in applying an analysis of millennial themes to a comparative study of religion.

25 Lies Twentysomethings Need to Stop Believing

By Paul Angone
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  • Publisher : Baker Books
  • Book Code : 1493428799
  • Total of Pages : 208
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 637
  • Pdf File: 25-lies-twentysomethings-need-to-stop-believing.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Your twenties are your defining decade, the time in which you are setting the course for the rest of your life it. You don't want to look back later and realize you ended up somewhere you never intended to go in the first place. How do you block out all the lies, half-truths, and "supposed-to's" constantly assaulting you from articles, social media posts, and well-meaning friends and family? How do you find something real, something true, something infused with purpose and meaning? Funny, vulnerable, and to the point, this book exposes the false beliefs that can derail your current happiness and future impact, like - having big dreams is naïve - success just happens - everyone else is experiencing the success you were supposed to - when you fail you're a failure - and many more This story-driven book shows you that you're not alone in your insecurities and second-guessing, then shows you how to replace the lies with the truth--that you can live a life of purpose, earn a good paycheck, leave a legacy, and have fun doing it.

Teaching As a Subversive Activity

By Neil Postman
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  • Publisher : Delta
  • Book Code : 0307491706
  • Total of Pages : 240
  • Category : Education
  • Members : 388
  • Pdf File: teaching-as-a-subversive-activity.pdf

Book Short Summary:

A no-holds-barred assault on outdated teaching methods—with dramatic and practical proposals on how education can be made relevant to today's world. Praise for Teaching As a Subversive Activity “A healthy dose of Postman and Weingartner is a good thing: if they make even a dent in the pious . . . American classroom, the book will be worthwhile.”—New York Times Book Review “Teaching and knowledge are subversive in that they necessarily substitute awareness for guesswork, and knowledge for experience. Experience is no use in the world of Apollo 8. It is simply necessary to know. However, it is also necessary to know the effect of Apollo 8 in creating a new Global Theatre in which student and teacher alike are looking for roles. Postman and Weingartner make excellent theatrical producers in the new Global Theatre.”—Marshall McLuhan “It will take courage to read this book . . . but those who are asking honest questions—what’s wrong with the worlds in which we live, how do we build communication bridges cross the Generation Gap, what do they want from us?—these people will squirm in the discovery that the answers are really within themselves.”—Saturday Review “Neil Postman and Charles Weingartner go beyond the now-familiar indictments of American education to propose basic ways of liberating both teachers and students from becoming personnel rather than people . . . the authors have created what may become a primer of ‘the new education’ Their book is intended for anyone, teacher or not, who is concerned with sanity and survival in a world of precipitously rapid change, and it’s worth your reading.”—Playboy “This challenging, liberating book can unlock not only teachers but anyone for whom language and learning are not dead.”—Nat Hentoff

Text Messaging

By Douglas D. Webster
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  • Publisher : Clements Publishing Group
  • Book Code : 1894667964
  • Total of Pages : 132
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 123
  • Pdf File: text-messaging.pdf

Book Short Summary:

"Doug Webster's " Text Messaging " is one of the most compelling statements I have read on preaching the Gospel faithfully in a culture of change. Alive to the challenges every preacher faces in a world of evanescent meaning, Webster reminds us that the proclamation of the Word-what the world calls folly-is the wisdom of God. A book to be read and re-read by every pastor and every student of preaching." -- Timothy George, founding dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University and a senior editor of " Christianity Today " Douglas D. Webster (Ph.D., University of St. Michael's College) mentors future pastors at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. Before coming to Beeson, he served as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of San Diego for fourteen years. He and his wife Virginia have three grown children. His other books include "Soulcraft: How God Shapes Us Through Relationships " and "Under the Radar: A Conversation on Spiritual Leadership."

Donald Trump

By Jon Huer
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  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Book Code : 076186928X
  • Total of Pages : 206
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 634
  • Pdf File: donald-trump.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The book explains how America’s consumer capitalism created a generation of mindless citizens, steeped in the ever-present rounds of entertainment and distraction, who found their leader in Donald Trump. Riding the wave of white populism, Trump challenges Corporate America and its entrenched control of the American Masses.

Stories of Childhood

By Dean W. Duncan
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  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Book Code : 1476621403
  • Total of Pages : 292
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 573
  • Pdf File: stories-of-childhood.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This study questions the widely held perception that books, as an artistic medium, are superior to and more respectable than film or television, sometimes considered frivolous and pernicious. Criticism of both the big and small screens often obscures their signal accomplishments and the entertainment and insight they provide. The author analyzes our distaste for these media—and the romanticizing of the printed word that accompanies it—and argues that books and films are in fact quite complementary. A broad survey of film and TV offerings explores what enacted narratives have taught us about the nature of childhood.

Good Science, Bad Science, Pseudoscience, and Just Plain Bunk

By Peter A. Daempfle
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  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • Book Code : 1442217286
  • Total of Pages : 252
  • Category : Education
  • Members : 727
  • Pdf File: good-science-bad-science-pseudoscience-and-just-plain-bunk.pdf

Book Short Summary:

We are constantly bombarded with breaking scientific news in the media, but we are almost never provided with enough information to assess the truth of these claims. Does drinking coffee really cause cancer? Does bisphenol-A in our tin can linings really cause reproductive damage? Good Science, Bad Science, Pseudoscience, and Just Plain Bunk teaches readers how to think like a scientist to question claims like these more critically. Author Peter A. Daempfle introduces readers to the basics of scientific inquiry, defining what science is and how it can be misused. Through provocative real-world examples, the book helps readers acquire the tools needed to distinguish scientific truth from myth. The book celebrates science and its role in society while building scientific literacy.

From Faith to Fun

By Russell Heddendorf
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  • Publisher : ISD LLC
  • Book Code : 0718842871
  • Total of Pages : 214
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 458
  • Pdf File: from-faith-to-fun.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Abraham and Sarah were presented with a paradox when God told them they would have a son in their old age. Paradox in the Old Testament plays an important part in the dialogue between God and the Jews. In the New Testament, paradox is prominent in Jesus' teaching and helps to explain the Christian understanding of salvation.

Communication and the Global Landscape of Faith

By Adrienne E. Hacker Daniels
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  • Publisher : Lexington Books
  • Book Code : 1498515827
  • Total of Pages : 434
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Members : 679
  • Pdf File: communication-and-the-global-landscape-of-faith.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This edited collection examines how geography and space, two key constructs of communication, affect the public understanding of religion.

Within My Heart

By Michael A. Van Horn
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  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Book Code : 1532613725
  • Total of Pages : 220
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 789
  • Pdf File: within-my-heart.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This book illustrates how Christianity in the modern era has been shaped in the direction of subjectivity. In the Enlightenment, after Locke required faith to submit to reason's judgment, Kant argued that religion should remain within the bounds of reason only. Schleiermacher shifted attention away from belief to devotion to Christ and a feeling of absolute dependence on God. Rejecting Hegel's system, Kierkegaard summoned his readers to a unique subjective approach to justification by faith. Revivalist Evangelicalism has been perceived, and portrayed itself, as a rejection of modernism. This study argues instead that the Evangelical-revivalist movement is unmistakably modern in its assumptions regarding the nature of faith. The Pietist impulse, fueled in part by modern anthropocentrism and subjectivism in religious belief, was appropriated by the Evangelical revivalists, such as John Wesley, George Whitefield, Jonathan Edwards, and, later, Charles Finney. In short, Christianity today is a religion of the heart.

Preaching to a Shifting Culture

By Scott M. Gibson
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  • Publisher : Baker Books
  • Book Code : 1441242449
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 810
  • Pdf File: preaching-to-a-shifting-culture.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The church in America is part of a changing culture, and today's preachers must be prepared to engage the unique issues of our postmodern age. Editor Scott M. Gibson has skillfully combined the works of many well-known preachers, including Haddon Robinson and Bryan Chapell, into one practical guide written for present and future church leaders. Including questions for reflection and suggestions for further reading, this helpful resource addresses important topics such as preaching to a postmodern audience, pluralism, and the intersection of preaching and psychology. "Preaching to a Shifting Culture is a must-read for preachers. It intensified my passion to preach Scripture, it clarified for me some critical issues related to preaching, and it triggered some ideas and strategies I will biild into my preaching."--Steve Mathewson, author of The Art of Preaching Old Testament Narrative "A stimulating potpourri of evangelical insights for changing times."--Michael Quicke, Charles Koller Professor of Preaching and Communications, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary "Timely and relevant, this collection of essays thoughtfully explores the issues facing today's preacher and calls today's preacher to thoughtfully face the issues."--Patricia Batten, pastor, Village Baptist Church, Kennebunkport, Maine "Those who are called to proclaim the Word in a contemporary setting will benefit from the analysis and suggestions offered in this outstanding collection."--Michael Duduit, editor, Preaching magazine