Competing Spectacles: Treasuring Christ in the Media Age

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Article number: 9781433563799, NI, c04. l11
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“Thirty years after Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death, this book takes the impact-analysis of modern media to a new level.”

John Piper, Founder and Teacher,

What images should I feed my eyes?

We often leave this question unanswered― because we don’t ask it. Maybe we don’t want to ask it. But viral videos, digital images, and other spectacles surround us in every direction―competing for our time, our attention, our lust, and our money. So we let our lazy eyes feed on whatever comes our way. As a result, we never stop to consider the consequences of our visual diet on our habits, desires, and longings.

Journalist Tony Reinke asked these hard questions himself―critiquing his own habits―and now invites us along to see what he discovered as he investigated the possibilities and the pitfalls of our image-centered world. In the end, he shares the beauty of a Greater Spectacle―capable of centering our souls, filling our hearts, and stabilizing our gaze in this age of the digital spectacle.

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  1. Life inside the Digital Environment
  2. Spectacles Defined
  3. Distracted Spectacle Seekers
  4. Image Is Everything
  5. The Spectacle of the Self in Social Media
  6. The Spectacle of the Self in Gaming
  7. Spectacles of Tele-Vision
  8. Spectacles of Merchandise
  9. Politics as Spectacle
  10. Terror as Spectacle
  11. Ancient Spectacles
  12. Every Nine Seconds
  13. The Spectacle of the Body
  14. The Church in the Attention Market


  1. Spectackils in Tension
  2. Prynne’s Footnote
  3. The World’s Greatest Spectacle
  4. Is the Cross a Spectacle?
  5. Two Competing Theaters
  6. Spectators of Glory
  7. The Church as Spectacle
  8. The Church as Spectacle Maker?
  9. A Day inside the Spectacle
  10. Our Unique Spectacle Tensions
  11. One Resolve, One Request
  12. The Spectator before His Carving
  13. A Movie So Good It Will Ruin You—Would You Watch It?
  14. Resistible Spectacles
  15. Summations and Applications
  16. My Supreme Concern
  17. A Beauty That Beautifies
  18. The Visio Beatifica
  19. Dis-Illusioned but Not Deprived
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