By Kim Knott,Elizabeth Poole

Is it real that Christianity is being marginalised by way of the secular media, on the rate of Islam? Are the mass media Islamophobic? Is atheism at the upward thrust in media assurance? Media Portrayals of faith and the Secular Sacred explores such questions and argues that tv and newspapers stay key resources of renowned information regarding faith. they're rather major at a time whilst spiritual participation in Europe is declining but the general public visibility and impact of religions looks expanding. in line with research of mainstream media, the ebook is determined within the context of wider debates concerning the sociology of faith and media illustration. The authors draw on learn carried out within the Eighties and 2008-10 to check British media insurance and illustration of faith and modern secular values, and to contemplate what has replaced within the final 25 years. Exploring the portrayal of Christianity and public existence, Islam and spiritual variety, atheism and secularism, and well known ideals and practices, numerous media occasions also are tested intimately: the Papal stopover at to the united kingdom in 2010 and the ban of the arguable Dutch MP, Geert Wilders, in 2009. faith is proven to be deeply embedded within the language and pictures of the clicking and tv, and found in all kinds of insurance from information and documentaries to leisure, activities reporting and ads. a last bankruptcy engages with worldwide debates approximately faith and media.

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