In The (Magic) Kingdom of God, Michael Budde offers a multidisciplinary analysis of the ?global culture industries??increasingly powerful, centralized corporate conglomerates in television, advertising, marketing, movies, and the like?and their impact on Christian churches in industrialized countries. Utilizing ideas from contemporary and classical schools of political economy, the author explains why the study of global culture industries is essential for understanding the current era of global capitalism.In suggesting that the cultural ecology shaped by these industries undermines many of the primary processes and structures through which people become committed Christians, Budde offers a novel utilization of linguistic-based theories of religious formation. Responses by churches to the new situation?more religious education or attempts to use the global culture industries for Christian purposes?are explored and found lacking. For the subversive praxis of Jesus of Nazareth to endure in the cultural ecology of postmodernism, Budde argues, churches must come to embrace their role as radical and countercultural alternative communities in which lay formation becomes a central preoccupation.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments, Following Jesus in a Distracted Age, Catholicism as a "Discipleship Church''?, Catholic Ecclesiology and a Passion for Discipleship, Social Theory, Political Economy, Culture, and the Church, Why Culture Matters in the World Economy, A New Stage of Capitalism? Regulation Theory and Neostructuralism, Regulation Theory as a Neostructuralist Approach, The Crisis of Fordism, After Fordism?, The Power of Global Culture Industries, Advertising/Marketing as a Global Culture Industry, The Global Discourse of Marketing and Advertising, On the Need for a "Postmodern'' Appraisal of Advertising, Power, Knowledge, and Advertising/Marketing, Exporting the Power Matrix, China: The Export Package Arrives, Learning the Language of Faith, How Global Culture Industries Undermine Christianity, Living in Television's World, Implications for Christian Formation, Conclusion, Church Barriers to Understanding Global Culture Industries, Barrier 1: Sacramental Liberalism, the Interpretive Key, Barrier II: The Evangelization Fixation, Barrier III: Is the Church Becoming a "Culture Industry"?, Religious Formation Amidst the Global Culture Industries, The Way from Here: Radical Gospel, Radical Church, Resisting the Culture Industries: A Workshop of Witnesses, Concluding Thoughts, References, About the Book and Author, Index