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Popular Culture as a Setting for Religious Experience

Irena Sever ; Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Osijek, Croatia

Puni tekst: hrvatski, pdf (161 KB) str. 25-37 preuzimanja: 909* citiraj
APA 6th Edition
Sever, I. (2013). Popularna kultura kao mjesto religioznoga iskustva. Obnovljeni Život, 68. (1.), 25-37. Preuzeto s
MLA 8th Edition
Sever, Irena. "Popularna kultura kao mjesto religioznoga iskustva." Obnovljeni Život, vol. 68., br. 1., 2013, str. 25-37. Citirano 04.12.2020.
Chicago 17th Edition
Sever, Irena. "Popularna kultura kao mjesto religioznoga iskustva." Obnovljeni Život 68., br. 1. (2013): 25-37.
Sever, I. (2013). 'Popularna kultura kao mjesto religioznoga iskustva', Obnovljeni Život, 68.(1.), str. 25-37. Preuzeto s: (Datum pristupa: 04.12.2020.)
Sever I. Popularna kultura kao mjesto religioznoga iskustva. Obnovljeni Život [Internet]. 2013 [pristupljeno 04.12.2020.];68.(1.):25-37. Dostupno na:
I. Sever, "Popularna kultura kao mjesto religioznoga iskustva", Obnovljeni Život, vol.68., br. 1., str. 25-37, 2013. [Online]. Dostupno na: [Citirano: 04.12.2020.]

The article deals with the issue of popular culture and its legacy as being a »gold mine« for theological reflection and potential setting for religious and transcendent experience. In keeping with the thoughts of some Anglo–Saxon theologians and communicators who dealt with the relationship between theology and culture, such
as Richard Niebuhr, Clive Marsh, William Romanowski or Gregor Goethals, it is thought that not only explicitly religious images and symbols can encourage reflection on God and meaning, but also those coming from a profane environment. Some products of popular culture, such as television shows, pop music, comic books or
movies, which today are seen also as a kind of art, can become the mode for a new proclamation of Gospel parables to contemporary men and women, sometimes even more understandable than abstract theological discourse. The article discusses different
models of the relationship between theology and contemporary culture, from those rejecting culture as being contrary to divine revelation, to those embracing culture as a locus theologicus. Also, it discusses the scientific discipline known as Media–
Religion–Culture, which has been developing since the nineteen eighties, and which puts the spotlight on the complex and significant relationship between media, religion and culture. It thus raises the question of how to shape culture and the social construction of identity in the context of religious practices and meanings mediated
by the mass media. Due to the enormous impact and quantity of media messages that we have today, the article reflects on the need for a Christian involvement of God’s »co–creators« in the field of production of media and cultural content. Their goal would be to develop imaginative works of art as instruments of power for bringing
people to the faith by communicating love, mercy, forgiveness, freedom and other Christian as well as universal values.

Ključne riječi
popular culture; theology; art; religious experience; mass media

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