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Blackwell Guides to Theology

Blackwell Guides to Theology offer cutting edge and imaginative coverage of the central themes, key works, important authors, and historical figures in the major subdisciplines of theology. The Guides will direct readers through the most recent research in a lively and accessible way, making them suitable for everyone from undergraduate level upwards.

The Blackwell Guide to Theology and Popular Culture Kelton Cobb

The Blackwell Guide to Spirituality Shawn Madison Krahmer

The Blackwell Guide to Christian Theology Mark Mcintosh

The Blackwell Guide to Theology and Popular Culture

Kelton Cobb



© 2005 by Kelton Cobb


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First published 2005 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd

1 2005

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Cobb, Kelton.

The Blackwell guide to theology and popular culture/Kelton Cobb.

p. cm.—(Blackwell guides to theology) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN-13: 978-1-4051-0698-6 (alk. paper) ISBN-10: 1-4051-0698-0 (pbk. : alk. paper) ISBN-13: 978-1-4051-0702-0 (alk. paper) ISBN-10: 1-4051-0702-2 (pbk. : alk. paper) 1. Popular culture—Religious aspects—Christianity. 2. Popular culture—Religious aspects. I. Title. II. Series.

BR115.C8C523 2005 261—dc22


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I dedicate this book to the memories of my father, William Cobb, and my uncle, Ernest Miller

"What have you that you did not receive?" I Cor. 4.7

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