God is in the house: theology and pop culture in dialogue
Modern theology allowed sections of society to go uncontested, creating territories 'independent of god'--the current task is to reclaim the world by encompassing its activities and interests within a theological framework--to visit the sites where secularism is heavily invested and resituate them from a Christian standpoint. Pop culture is a key arena for new theological discussion.
Barry Taylor has recently co-authored the book A Matrix of Meanings: Finding God In Popular Culture. Rather than seeing adverts, music, film, celebrities, art, fashion, television and sport as ‘worldly’ Taylor suggests that they are all sites where we can join in the theologising already taking place, spot divine fingerprints, and uncover a surprising search for spiritual meaning. Barry is a Brit living in LA teaching theology and pop culture at Fuller. He is also a musician and one of his claims to fame is that he toured with AC/DC. We’re delighted he is able to join us for a Blah.
This is the fifth of a series of conversations hosted by CMS in 2004 on mission, worship, church and Christianity in today’s rapidly changing culture. It’s a time to keep listening, chatting and reflecting as God beckons us into the future.
Tuesday 9 November | 6:30-8:30pm | Drinks and refreshments provided | Admission free
Venue: CMS partnership house, 157 waterloo road, london
[Nearest tube Waterloo - follow signs from station to Old Vic. Go past Old Vic and Partnership House is on the same side opposite the ambulance station]
It would help us to know numbers in advance so if you're coming please e-mail joyce
Ah, Barry is one of the reasons why I want to go to Fuller. Too bad I can't be there. This pond between us is just too darn big.
Posted by: Bill | October 15, 2004 at 05:18 PM
hope you won't mind the plug but there's a review of MAtricx of meanings that I did at
if anyone wants to see a bit more about content.
Posted by: Andii | October 17, 2004 at 10:36 AM
I recently saw a man speak @ Capo Beach Calvary church in San Juan Capistrano, CA
Could this be the same Barry Taylor? Am very interested in his testimony but can't seem to find out any info about him. Could you answer this question for me and if so could you point me in the direction of items about this man?
Thank you in advance,
Posted by: jacqui | August 29, 2005 at 03:55 AM
what is most of your poems are about
Posted by: shiran | June 20, 2006 at 02:10 AM
that is the same Barry Taylor from Fuller, fabulous man. He gave an incredible message at Capo Beach Calvary March 07.
Posted by: Cathy Stratton | March 18, 2007 at 08:51 PM
Where can I download audio or videos of Barry speaking?
Posted by: KP | January 21, 2008 at 05:51 AM
we don't have any
Posted by: jonny | January 21, 2008 at 07:32 AM
Heard the song "lovin arms" I was moved.. Great, this man is soul and christianity in one. all my respect.
Posted by: Anton | May 24, 2008 at 09:43 PM