Reading the Times, A Literary and Theological Inquiry into the News

In light of the consolidated, monetized and dominate flow of news coming from modern media sources, we need a practical theology of the news. Jeffrey Bilbro writes this volume to help his readers “think theologically” about how Christians should consume the news (p. 6). Each of the three parts addresses a particular set of questions: To what should we attend? How should we imagine and experience time? And how should we belong to one another? Each part follows the same pattern, with a chapter considering how our contemporary media offers inadequate answers, a second chapter, which proposes a theological answer, and the final chapter suggesting specific practices, which “might cultivate a healthier posture toward the news” (p. 6). A quote by Josef Pieper sets the tone for Part One: “The average person of our time loses the ability to see because there is too much to see!” (p. 11)....