24Mar

We are formed by popular culture (fact), so what are we to do about it?: Some practical theological reflections…with a Methodist flavour

RGTRP, Adam Room, Grove House

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Speaker: Prof. Clive Marsh (University of Leicester)
Time: 11.30 am - 12.45 pm

This paper will draw on decades of engagement with the issue of whether/how media, the arts and popular culture shape the meaning-making habits Western citizens now have. It will explore what meaning-making means with respect to what is entailed in ‘having (a) faith’ or ‘inhabiting a religious tradition’, and probe how cultural consumption interweaves with believing. The news is far from all bad, but the ‘wisdom of serpents’ might be needed. I’ll even take on John Wesley in the process…

Clive Marsh is currently Vice-President of the Methodist Conference in Britain, whilst also still doing his three part-time jobs as Academic Head of the Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of Leicester, and Research Fellow at the Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham, and Wesley House, Cambridge. He’s published or co-written/co-edited thirteen books, most recently A Cultural Theology of Salvation (OUP 2018) and, with current Methodist President Revd Dr Barbara Glasson, So What’s the Story…?: A Resource Book for Christian Reflection and Practice (DLT 2019), in addition to lots of articles and book chapters. He’s a Methodist Local Preacher, lives in Leicester, and supports Liverpool (football team and city).

We are very grateful to The Susanna Wesley Foundation for sponsoring a series in the 2019/20 programme on the theme of 'formation'. 

Click here for the full RGTRP seminar programme for 2019/20.