New Book, Speaking to Reconciliation: Voices of Faith Addressing Racial and Cultural Divides, by John Hatch

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Speaking to Reconciliation: Voices of Faith Addressing Racial and Cultural Divides (Peter Lang Publishing, 2020) By John B. Hatch, Ph.D. Chair, Professor of Communication Studies, Eastern University Peter Lang’s Speaking of Religion series (edited by Daniel S. Brown) announces the publication of its second anthology of speeches addressing a selected public issue from religious perspectives. Compiled and authored by John …

“Words don’t have meaning, people have meaning…?” (or, “This Last, Dim, Weird Battle of the West” or, “The End of Civilization, Maybe.” (Part 3)

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“Words don’t have meaning, people have meaning…?” (or, “This Last, Dim, Weird Battle of the West” or, “The End of Civilization, Maybe.” (Part 3) By Mark Williams, Ph.D Professor of Rhetoric, California State University, Sacramento (from the regular Column: “Meaningful-Faith: Words, the Word, and a Life of Substance”) We’ve recently been reflecting on Stultus, an alias for a real student …

Annual Digital Religion Research Award Lecture, Network for New Media, Religion and Digital Culture Studies

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The Network for New Media, Religion and Digital Culture Studies is pleased to announce and invite you personally to the Annual Digital Religion Research Award lecture that will occur virtually on November 4th, 2020.  We are excited that the event will feature Dr. Mark Ward Sr. who is professor of Communication at the University of Houston. He will give a …

Book Review, Kierkegaard and the Legitimacy of the Comic: Understanding the Relevance of Irony, Humor, and the Comic for Ethics and Religion

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Kierkegaard and the Legitimacy of the Comic: Understanding the Relevance of Irony, Humor, and the Comic for Ethics and Religion, by Will Williams (Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2018). 226 + xxi pp. $39.99 (paperback). Reviewed by Russell P. Johnson, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Chicago In Kierkegaard and the Legitimacy of the Comic, Will Williams argues that comic elements like irony …

Upcoming webinar, Struggling Well in Academia, with Ty and Elizabeth Spradley

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Presenters and Affiliation: Ty Spradley, Ph.D. (Associate Professor), and Elizabeth Spradley, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor), Department of Language, Cultures and Communication, Stephen F. Austin State University Date and Time: Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 5-6 pm EST Description: Weaving the personal with instructional communication research, Drs. Ty and Elizabeth Spradley expound upon the professional, personal, and spiritual inspirations that have enabled them …

New Book Announcement, Digital Creatives and the Rethinking of Religious Authority, by Heidi Campbell

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The Network for New Media, Religion and Digital Culture Studies is happy to announce the release of Dr. Heidi A Campbell’s newest print book, Digital Creatives and the Rethinking of Religious Authority.  This book has been 10 years in the making, and explores how ideas of religious authority have evolved within digital culture and the impacts that digital creatives are having on …

Devotional: Where the Power Lies, by Stephanie Bennett

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Where the Power Lies Stephanie Bennett, Ph.D. Professor of Communication and Media Ecology Palm Beach Atlantic University “. . . that I may be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith.” (Philipians 3:9). Just like everyone else in …

New Book, Communicating with Grace and Virtue: Learning to Listen, Speak, Text, and Interact as a Christian, by Quentin Schultze

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Communicating with Grace and Virtue: Learning to Listen, Speak, Text, and Interact as a Christian is Quentin Schultze’s latest book, coming out on the heels of the second edition of his public speaking text. The short, engaging, personal book replaces Communicating for Life, which is going out of print. It offers an overview of communication from a Christian perspective, highlighting the …

“Words don’t have meaning, people have meaning…?” (or, “This Last, Dim, Weird Battle of the West” or, “The End of Civilization, Maybe.” (Part 2)

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“Words don’t have meaning, people have meaning…?” (or, “This Last, Dim, Weird Battle of the West” or, “The End of Civilization, Maybe.” (Part 2) By Mark Williams, Ph.D Professor of Rhetoric, California State University, Sacramento (from the regular Column: “Meaningful-Faith: Words, the Word, and a Life of Substance”) In our most recent installment, we met Stultus, a real student at …