Watching TV Religiously

Television and Theology in Dialogue

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"A brilliant and timely analysis"

"A brilliant and timely analysis of our daily devotion to our favorite TV shows. In celebrating and critiquing beloved series like Lost, Glee, The Office, Friends, and House of Cards, Callaway and Batali invite us to rediscover the episodic structure of biblical stories about Joseph, David, Ruth, Daniel, and Mary Magdalene. Watching TV Religiously offers a rare peek inside the writers' room, tracing how series are created and constructed. This comprehensive and insightful book challenges us to channel our passion for television back toward meaningful interaction with each other."
--Craig Detweiler, Institute for Entertainment, Media, and Culture, Pepperdine University

"A very timely book as TV reasserts its prominence. The specific tools for understanding and creating dialogue with the mainstream culture are compelling to those of us who want to theologically engage the culture. I love the analysis and insight."
--Ralph Winter, producer, X-Men, Fantastic Four, and several Star Trek films

"While it may be called the small screen, television has an influence that is oversized. Every five years, it seems, a new collection of TV shows frame the 'new normal' in a way that enables an entire society to reimagine itself. For that reason, we need judicious, charitable guides to help us navigate what is arguably the dominant storytelling medium of early twenty-first-century culture. In Callaway (a professional theologian) and Batali (a professional TV writer) we have just that."
--W. David O. Taylor, Fuller Theological Seminary

"Callaway and Batali have begun a crucial conversation between theology and television that is essential if Christians hope to be relevant participants in the marketplace of modern culture. Their savvy and critical discussion needs to be carried into universities, seminaries, and sanctuaries across the nation."
--David McFadzean, founder and principal, Wind Dancer Films


Kutter Callaway, Author

Kutter Callaway (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is assistant professor of theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, where he teaches at the Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts. He is the author of Scoring Transcendence: Contemporary Film Music as Religious Experience, is on the editorial board of and is book review editor for the Journal of Religion and Film, and is a regular contributor to Fuller's Reel Spirituality Institute and blog.

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Dean Batali, Author

Dean Batali is an experienced TV head writer for popular shows with over twenty years of experience in the industry. He is a regular speaker and teacher at film festivals, at media conferences, and in college classrooms.

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William Dyrness, Editor