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THE 564 Mediator, Mediation, and the Media

Our culture is characterized by the mass media, yet Christians are often suspicious of it and its effects on communities. This course studies the phenomenon of media within the Christian life, using it as a framework to explore some central theological and moral issues of our times. It begins with Jesus as the "Word," an event of God's self-communication, and Jesus as a mediator between God and humankind. It will then move on to explore how Christianity experiences and uses communications media within its life, focusing on scripture and liturgy. It will conclude by evaluating the ways in which Christians use and are used by contemporary popular media, and its relevance for Christian communities. There may well be more connections between God and YouTube than one might suspect.