Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Culture, Diversity, Urban, Media, Outreach, Community
Christianity | Film and Media Studies | Religion
Rosenberger, Timothy Joseph, "American God Story: Creating Shared Cultural Context with Popular Television" (2020). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 2319.
Believers increasingly encounter a stark divide between their cultural contexts and those of the people they seek to evangelize. This divide is particularly pronounced in popular culture where the television, movies, music, and books that appeal to Christians often are radically different than those that appeal to mainstream Americans. Without a shared cultural language, and a shared network of cultural touch points, it can be challenging to form meaningful connection between, and amongst, church members and unchurched community members. This study pioneers an intervention in which church members, and unchurched community members, come together to view popular television episodes and discuss issues of deep theological significance.