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Drawn to the Gods


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David Feltmate is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Auburn University at Montgomery where he conducts research in the sociology of religion, the sociology of humor, religion and popular culture, religion and mass media, and sociological theory.


Drawn to the Gods is a thorough and comprehensive study that is grounded in solid research methodologies and linked to relevant theories and secondary literature. Feltmates arguments are compelling and insightful, and even quite lively--I love moving from Durkheim on the sacred to sacredness in Family Guy. Feltmate is quite adept at unpacking dense ideas about the sociology of religion and applying them to cultural studies in a rich, illuminating way. -- Gary Laderman,Goodrich C. White Professor of American Religious History and Cultures, Emory University
Feltmate wisely focuses on three popular television programs that not only overflow with religious references but also often humorously subvert accepted ideas about religious beliefs and practices. Engaging in close readings of over 200 episodes of these shows, Feltmate explores the ways that they satirically question sacred texts, cults, Jesus, sacred sites, and various world religions. * Publishers Weekly *
David Feltmates book on religion, satire, and popular culture must be regarded a significant, fascinating, and also thought-provoking scholarly introduction into the world of contemporary religious popular culture and its study[It] is a must read for all researchers of contemporary religious communication and popular culture. -- Johan Bastubacka,Associate Professor of Theology, University of Helsinki
Without a doubt, I will use this delightful, well-researched, well-crafted monograph in my media, religion, and popular culture courses. David Feltmates book is fun, but it is serious fun. He maps out how humor and satire, as delivered through media platforms, teach audiences how to think about religion in an American cultural context. In so doing, he makes a compelling case for why we need to take humor seriously, and why the vital realm of popular culture is not simply important but indeed central to our research in the study of religion. -- Sarah McFarland Taylor,Professor of Religion, Media and Culture, Northwestern University

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