Hijacked - A Critical Treatment of the Public Rhetoric of Good and Bad Religion - Leslie Dorrough Smith

Hijacked - A Critical Treatment of the Public Rhetoric of Good and Bad Religion - Leslie Dorrough Smith

8. The Strange and Familiar Spiritual Journey of Reza Aslan

Hijacked - A Critical Treatment of the Public Rhetoric of Good and Bad Religion - Leslie Dorrough Smith

Martha Smith Roberts
Fullerton College

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This anchoring essay of the media section presents the CNN series Believer, hosted by Reza Aslan, as a paradigmatic example for a specific liberal progressive discussion of religion in North American mass media. It delivers a detailed description of the series (considering content, form, as well as marketing and genre of the series) and points out that Believer, rather than interjecting a critical examination of religion into the mass media, instead reinforces a series of popular perennialist ideas that are intellectually problematic. This happens primarily by portraying religion as a personal, “authentic,” universal element of human experience.

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Smith Roberts, Martha. 8. The Strange and Familiar Spiritual Journey of Reza Aslan. Hijacked - A Critical Treatment of the Public Rhetoric of Good and Bad Religion. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 71-86 Aug 2020. ISBN 9781781797273. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=35422. Date accessed: 19 Oct 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.35422. Aug 2020

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