Sunday, June 26, 2011

Draft Dissertation Bibliography

By August of this year, I need to have my dissertation proposal (two-pages), outline, and bibliography submitted to Fuller Theological Seminary. All parts of this are coming along fine, and I wanted to share the tentative bibliography, just in case anyone who reads through this list may have some kind of algorithm in their head that makes them think, "Ooh, I see he's reading these works, and he really ought to read [fill in the blank]."

Of course, this is just a working draft. I'll be deleting out anything that seems like padding once I get closer to the actual writing, but these are all titles I've read or will read in preparation, even if they aren't actually cited later on in dissertation. Also, I haven't alphabetized the list yet, as you'll see.


Johnson, Maxwell. The Rites of Christian Initation: Their Evolution and Interpretation.
Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1999.

Gerhardsson, Birger. Memory and Manuscript: Oral Tradition and Written Transmission
in Rabbinic Judaism and Early Christianity. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1998.

Goody, Jack. The Domestication of the Savage Mind. Cambridge: Cambridge University
Press, 1977.

Innis, Harold A. The Bias of Communication, 2nd Edition. Toronto: University of Toronto
Press, 2008.

Sontag, Susan. On Photography. New York: Picador, 1973.

McCluhan, Marshall. Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man. Corte Madera, CA:
Gingko Press, 2003.

_______. The Medium is the Massage. Berkeley, CA: Ginkgo Press, 1967.

_______. The Gutenberg Galaxy. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1962.

Ong, Walter J. The Presence of the Word. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1967.

_______. Orality and Literacy. Routledge, 2002.

Boyd, Danah. Taken Out of Context. UC Berkeley, PhD dissertation, 2008.

Bruns, Axel. Blogs, Wikipedia, Second Life and Beyond: From Production to Produsage.
New York: Peter Lang, 2008

Burgess, Jean and Joshua Green. Youtube: Online Video and Participatory Culture.
Cambridge: Polity. 2009.

Carr, Nicholas. The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains. W. W. Norton.

Halavais, Alexander. Search Engine Society. Cambridge: Polity. 2009.

Jenkins, Henry. Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide. New York
University Press, 2006.

Borgmann, Albert. Power Failure: Christianity in the Culture of Technology. Grand
Rapids: Brazos Press. 2003.

Campbell, Heidi. Exploring Religious Community Online: We Are One in the Network.
New York: Peter Lang. 2005.

Crouch, Andy. Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling. Downer’s Grove, IL:
Intervarsity Press, 2008.

Drane, John. After McDonaldization: Mission, Ministry, and Christian Discipleship in an
Age of Uncertainty. Grand Rapids: Baker Books. 2008.

Estes, Douglas. SimChurch: Being the Church in the Virtual World. Grand Rapids:
Zondervan. 2009.

Friesen, Dwight. The Kingdom Connected: What the Church Can Learn from Facebook,
the Internet, and Other Networks. Grand Rapids: Baker Books. 2009.

Ward, Pete. Participation and Mediation: A Practical Theology for the Liquid Church.
London: SCM Press. 2008.
Coupland, Douglas. Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture. New York: St.
Martin’s Press, 1991.

_______. Marshall McCluhan: You Know Nothing of My Work!. New York: Atlas and
Company, 2011.

Pagitt, Doug. Church in the Inventive Age. Minneapolis, Sparkhouse Press, 2010.

Dean, Kenda Creasy. Almost Christian: What the Faith of our Teenagers is Telling the
American Church. Oxford University Press, 2010.

Pettegree, Andrew. The Book in the Renaissance. Yale University Press, 2010.

Gleick, James. The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood. Pantheon, 2011.

Blascovich, Jim and Jeremy Bailenson. Infinite Reality: Avatars, Eternal Life, New
Worlds, and the Dawn of the Virtual Revolution. HarperCollins, 2011.

Postman, Neil. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show
Business. New York: Penguin Books, 2005.

Turkle, Sherry. Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less  from
Each Other. Basic Books, 2011.

Thomas, Douglas and John Seely Brown. A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the
Imagination for a World of Constant Change. Self-published, 2011.

Smith, James K. A. Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural
Formation. Baker Academic, 2009.

Jacobs, Alan. The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction. Oxford University
Press, 2011.

_______. Wayfaring: Essays Pleasant and Unpleasant. Eerdmans, 2010.

_______. Shaming the Devil: Essays in Truthtelling. Eerdmans, 2004.

Brock, Brian. Christian Ethics in a Technological Age. Eerdmans, 2010.

Weinberger, David. Everything is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital
Disorder. Holt Paperbacks, 2007.

Dickerson, Matthew. The Mind and the Machine: What It Means to be Human and Why
It Matters. Brazos Press, 2011.

Gibson, William. Neuromancer. New York: Ace, 2004.

Doctorow, Cory. Makers. Tor, 2010.

Stephenson, Neal. Anathem. Harper Perennial, 2010.

Jenson, Robert W. Essays in Theology of Culture. Eerdmans, 1995.

Greenblatt, Stephen. Hamlet in Purgatory. Princeton University Press, 2001.

Detweiler, Craig, ed. Halos and Avatars: Playing Video Games with God. Westminster
John Knox Press, 2010.

Flory, Richard W and Donald E. Miller, ed. Gen X Religion. New York: Routledge, 2001.

Johnson, Maxwell E. Living Water, Sealing Spirit: Readings on Christian Initiation.
Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1995.

Merriman, Michael W. Ed. The Baptismal Mystery and the Catechumenate. New York:
            The Church Hymnal Corporation, 1990.

Stone, Bryan. Evangelism After Christendom: The Theology and Practice of Christian
Witness. Brazos Press, 2007.

Hays, Richard B. Echoes of Scriptures in the Letters of Paul. Yale University Press,

J√ľngel, Eberhard. God’s Being is in Becoming: The Trinitarian Being of God in the
Theology of Karl Barth. Eerdmans, 2001.

Peterson, Eugene H. Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ.
Eerdmans, 2010.

Gorringe, T.J. Furthering Humanity: A Theology of Culture. Burlington, VT: Ashgate,

Pariser, Eli. The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding From You. New York: The
Penguin Press, 2011.

Martin, Jeff and C. Max Magee. The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of
Books. Berkeley: Soft Skull Press, 2011.

Illich, Ivan. In the Vineyard of the Text: A Commentary on Hugh’s Didascalion.
University of Chicago Press, 1993.

De Certeau, Michel. The Practice of Everyday Life. University of California Press, 1984.

Satterlee, Craig Alan. Ambrose of Milan’s Method of Mystagogical Preaching. The
Liturgical Press, 2002.

Harmless, William. Augustine and the Catechumenate. Liturgical Press, 1995.

Wolf, Maryanne. Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain.
HarperCollins, 2008.

Dehaene, Stanislas. Reading in the Brain: The New Science of How We Read. Penguin,

Wuthnow, Robert. After the Baby Boomers: How Twenty- and Thirty-Somethings are
Shaping the Future of American Religion. Princeton University Press, 2010.

Smith, Christian. Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers. Oxford University Press, 2009.


  1. I can not wait to see how you tie these themes together as I have been reading and thinking through several of the books you have listed here

    I see that you have a good dose of McLuhan on your list, a worthy choice for creative thinking on media. I personally think that one can take his example of light as pure information - a medium without a message - and easily apply that to the Internet. The Internet as pure information, along with McLuhan's theories on media, can lead to some interesting thinking and discussions.

    Anyway, the reason I'm commenting is to recommend another creative thinker from the same era as McLuhan, and that is Jacques Ellul. His book The Technological Society was published at nearly the same time as McLuhan's Understanding Media. Ellul's concern is something he calls "technique" which is, roughly, a sense of efficiency that had previously oriented machines in society that was/is now orienting humans toward machines. The human need for efficiency, and the rapid pace in which it was happening, was a concern for Ellul. In my opinion, McLuhan and Ellul together make a great pair when thinking about the rapid pace of change being seen in society through the influence of the Internet and "new media."

    Best of luck!

  2. Brent, thank you so much for the reminder re: Ellul. I've read him referenced in lots of places (perhaps especially while reading Marva Dawn), but I haven't read him directly myself. I will definitely take a look! Thanks again.

  3. Lise Kildegaard9:24 PM

    Hi Clint--what an interesting list. If you have some downtime/fiction reading time, be sure to read "Feed"by MT Anderson, a young adult novel set in a dystopian future, when everyone has the internet wired directly into their brains. It gives a powerful, dark account of a world organized by consumerism, and without a moral center. Might be a good read for an older youth group, too.

  4. Lise, that's a really great tip. Mange tussen tak!