Must-reads in Christianity and Communication Studies, Part 1

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Below is Part 1 of 5 (in Chronological Order) of a “Recommended Reading List” in Christianity and communication studies for faculty, students, and anyone interested in how Christians from a number of different traditions integrate theology with communication studies. This list is compiled by scholars, teachers, students, and practitioners. We begin with several books, some classics and others destined to be, that provide foundational thinking in the area and demonstrate basic approaches to integration. Articles, book chapters, and other source types to follow.

Your input is welcome: Are there certain books missing from these lists? What books would you expect to see on the next list? Articles? What works have moved you? Your students? Friends? What works have influenced generations? We hope readers will chime in and help us add to this list over the next year. Send any recommendations to

Jacques Ellul,The Technological Society (Vintage Books, 1964)
Jacques Ellul, Propaganda: The Formation of Men's Attitudes (Vintage, 1973)
Robert Webber, God Still Speaks: A Biblical View of Christian Communication (Thomas Nelson, 1980)
Walter Ong, Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word (Routledge, 1982)
J. Grant Howard, Trauma of Transparency: A Biblical Approach to Inter-Personal Communication (Multnomah, 1983)
Jacques Ellul, The Humiliation of the Word (William B. Eerdmans, 1985)
John Bluck, Christian Communication Re-Considered (World Council of Churches, 1989)
Paul Soukup, Christian Communication: A Bibliographical Survey (Greenwood, 1989)
Quentin Schultze, Communicating for Life: Christian Stewardship in Community and Media (Baker Academic, 2000)
Quentin Schultze, Habits of the High Tech Heart: Living Virtuously in the Information Age (Baker Academic, 2004)
Robert Fortner, Communication, Media, and Identity: A Christian Theory of Communication (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006)
William Romanowski, Eyes Wide Open: Looking for God in Popular Culture (Brazos Press, 2007)
Christine Mugridge and Marie Gannon, John Paul II: Development of a Theology of Communication (Citta del Vaticano: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2008)
Tim Muehlhoff and Todd Lewis, Authentic Communication: Christian Speech Engaging Culture (IVP Academic, 2010)
Bill Strom, More Than Talk: A Covenantal Approach to Everyday Communication, 4th ed. (Kendall Hunt, 2013)

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