Consuming, Creating and Critiquing
A Feature Review of
PopCultured: Thinking Christianly about Style, Media and Entertainment
Paperback: IVP Books, 2013.
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Reviewed by Matt Miles
You don’t have to watch television or movies or listen to the radio to be exposed to popular culture. If you wear clothes, use social media or ever set foot outside your door you are, like the rest of us, immersed in it. For Christians, there are usually two choices: avoid as much of popular culture as possible since it is worldly and a waste of sacred time, or partake indiscriminately and categorize “good” and “bad” entertainment the same way non Christians do. Steve Turner, a journalist, author, and poet argues that for Christians, neither of these approaches are acceptable. If Christ is Lord of the Christian’s life, He should be Lord of all of it, including recreational time. On the other hand, being unaware of pop culture can deprive the Christian of a common language many people share and the ability to connect with people who don’t share the same belief or background. More than this, as a journalist who had many a discussion on popular culture, he believes Christians can and should create within the culture, because we have something to say. He contends we should consume discerningly, critique faithfully, and create wisely. The author’s insurmountable task in PopCultured: Thinking Christianly about Style, Media and Entertainment is to spark the Christian imagination on what engagement with pop culture could look like. At his best, Steve Turner does exactly that.