Christian Communication

A Bibliographical Survey

by Paul A. Soukup, comp.

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September 1989


Pages 414
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Religion/General

The rise of the fundamental religious broadcasters in the United States has triggered an intense popular interest in mediated Christianity and prompted the traditional churches to reexamine their own policies toward mass communication. The ensuing dramatic increase in the number of studies on the subject has prompted a corresponding need for a comprehensive index of valuable materials. Christian Communication is the first wide-ranging annotated bibliography of available books, articles, theses, and dissertations in English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian that deals with all forms and aspects of Christian communication, even comic books and the computer. The bibliographies for this collection were drawn from several sources including the Library of Congress; several important computerized databases; manual searches of such institutions as the Billy Graham Center and the Graduate Theological Union, among others; and references in dissertations. Most importantly, only accessible items which could be checked and reviewed by Soukup and his research staff have been included here.

The volume is arranged to maximize ease of access and use and is based on the general academic division of communication studies. The first chapter contains an introduction, cross-referenced to the bibliographies, that reviews the history of church communication, the major issues that characterize it, and suggests possibilities for future study. Next, a resource chapter lists periodicals which address specific areas of religious communication or frequently published articles of interest; cites bibliographic guides to the material and surveys directories of both personnel working in the field of Christian communication and of catalogs of relevant materials. The following seven chapters contain the major bibliographical sections that review communication theory, history, rhetoric, interpersonal communication, mass communication, intercultural communication, and other media. The volume closes with helpful name, title, and subject indexes that make this guide thoroughly user-friendly and an important research tool for church communicators, theological students, and communications scholars working in philosophical or qualitative areas.

Table of Contents

Foreword by G.E. GormanPrefaceHistory, Issues, ApproachesResourcesCommunication TheoryHistoryRhetoricInterpersonal CommunicationMass CommunicationIntercultural CommunicationOther MediaIndexes



Soukup attempts to provide an introductory guide to the study of Christian communication by surveying and annotating a representative cross section of the literature. Christian communication is defined as any communication used by the Christian churches and as a quality or style of communication consistent with Christian ethics or practices. The book does not limit itself to any one area of communication, but homiletics is excluded. Items are grouped under the following subjects: communication theory, history, rhetoric, interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, and mass communication. The 1,311 items are numbered consecutively, and indexes are provided for access by author, title, and subject. Periodical articles are included as well as dissertations, bibliographies, and directories. The author's degrees in both theology and communications are reflected in the thorough annotations and his obvious familiarity with the sources. Recommended for academic libraries serving students who are starting research in this field, or for libraries whose collections emphasize religious studies or communications.—Choice

Christian Communication: A Bibliographical Survey offers a broadscale survey of writings on all aspects of religious communication in a variety of media. In this volume, Christian communication refers both to any communication used by the Christian churches and to a quality or style of communication consistent with Christian or ethics practices. Every one of the over 1,300 items included have been checked by the compiler (at the University of California, Santa Clara) or an assistant and all are annotated. The arrangement is topical rather than by format and covers issues and approaches, resources, communication, theory, history, rhetoric, interpersonal communication, mass media, intercultural communication, and `other media' (including art, drama, dance, music, audio, comics and even computers). There are name, title, and subject indexes to round out the 400 page work. Coverage includes the major European languages as well as English.—Communication Booknotes

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