By Stewart M. Hoover, Lynn Schofield Clark
More and more, the non secular practices humans have interaction in and the methods they discuss what's significant or sacred occur within the context of media tradition -- within the realm of the so-called secular. targeting this intersection of the sacred and the secular, this quantity gathers jointly the paintings of media specialists, spiritual historians, sociologists of faith, and professionals on American reviews and artwork background. issues diversity from Islam on the web to the quasi-religious practices of Elvis enthusiasts, from the makes use of of pop culture via the Salvation military in its early years to the makes use of of interactive media applied sciences on the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Beit Hashoah Museum of Tolerance. the problems that the essays handle comprise the public/private divide, the differences among the sacred and profane, and the way to differentiate among the practices which may be termed "religious" and people who would possibly not.