“MODERN DAY HEROES OF FAITH”: THE RHETORIC OF TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK AND THE EMERGENT WORD OF FAITH MOVEMENT
This thesis uses Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) as a case study for the exploration of religious broadcasting in America and the emergent Word of Faith movement. TBN is investigated as a challenge to the scholarly and popular understandings of religious broadcasting by considering it as a media-based church facilitating religious experience and community through technology. In order to understand TBN and its theological tenets better, the connection between the Word of Faith movement and Trinity Broadcasting Network is demonstrated through statistical and visual analysis of the flagship TBN program Praise the Lord. Additionally, this thesis examines the unique role of technology in TBN’s end-times theology and in the development of Word of Faith. Finally, the political investments of TBN are explored, paying attention to the way that encoded visual texts subtly point readers to a socially conservative, American, and properly Christian, but distinctively TBN, identity.
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:religious broadcasting trinity network jan crouch paul religion and media televangelism word of faith prosperity theology electronic church
Date of Publication:01/01/2006