Podcast: RESISTING Celebrity Culture with Katelyn Beaty

August 24, 2022

On this episode of the podcast, Ruth Clark and I chat with Katelyn Beaty about her new book, Celebrities for Jesus: How Personas, Platforms, and Profits are Hurting the Church. Among the topics we discuss: 

  • – Why celebrity culture is a uniquely modern phenomenon.
  • – What it means to say that celebrity is a “feature, not a bug” of the evangelical movement, and the spiritual implications
  • – What it might mean to resist the values of celebrity culture in the church and in the Christian publishing industry
  • – Why obscurity and ordinary faithfulness are so important for followers of Christ

Get Katelyn’s book: http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/celebrities-for-jesus/406890 

To read Ruth Clark’s review: https://inallthings.org/reckoning-with-status-and-realigning-our-hearts-a-review-of-celebrities-for-jesus/ 

About the Authors
  • Justin Ariel Bailey works at the intersection of Christian theology, culture, and ministry. Having served as a pastor in a number of diverse settings, his research seeks to bridge gaps between church and academy, and the formational spaces where they overlap. He is the author of the book Reimagining Apologetics (IVP Academic, 2020) and the forthcoming volume Interpreting Your World (Baker Academic, 2022). He serves as associate professor of Theology at Dordt University and is the host of the In All Things podcast. 

  • Ruth (Van Essen) Clark resides in Sioux Center, Iowa, with her husband and three children, and serves as the Andreas Center Coordinator at Dordt. She also teaches in the Core Program. She especially enjoys good conversations around cups of coffee or plates of food, reading, games, cooking, gardening, traveling, and international cuisine. 

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