Book Reviewed: Fortner, Robert S. (2006). Communication, Media, and Identity: A Christian Theory of Communication (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & LIttlefield).
Reviewed By: Robert Woods
Reviewer Affiliation: Spring Arbor University
Total Pages: 298
Explores ontological and epistemological assumptions of communication from a Christian perspective. Useful in upper-level undergraduate courses and graduate level courses. Fortner’s usual depth and breadth of research and understanding of communication and media are evident. Researchers will love the reference list; teachers can use it to help students explore key assumptions of communication and how such assumptions gel with a Christian worldview. There is some good application as well that all readers will appreciate. I wrote a formal review of this book for the Journal of Media and Religion (2008, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 190-194).