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Author Johnson, Jessica, 1971- author.

Title Biblical porn : affect, labor, and pastor Mark Driscoll's evangelical empire / Jessica Johnson
Published Durham : Duke University Press, 2018
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Description 1 online resource (246 pages)
Contents Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Arousing empire -- Under conviction -- Porn again Christian? -- The porn path -- Campaigning for empire -- Conclusion: Godly sorrow, worldly sorrow -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary "Between 1996 and 2014, Mark Driscoll's Mars Hill Church multiplied from its base in Seattle into fifteen facilities spread across five states with 13,000 attendees. When it closed, the church was beset by scandal, with former attendees testifying to spiritual abuse, emotional manipulation, and financial exploitation. In this book, the author examines how Mars Hill's congregants became entangled in processes of religious conviction. The author shows how they were affectively recruited into sexualized and militarized dynamics of power through the mobilization of what she calls "biblical porn"--The affective labor of communicating, promoting, and embodying Driscoll's teaching on biblical masculinity, femininity, and sexuality, which simultaneously worked as a marketing strategy, social imaginary, and biopolitical instrument. The author theorizes religious conviction as a social process through which Mars Hill's congregants circulated and amplified feelings of hope, joy, shame, and paranoia as affective value that the church capitalized on to grow at all costs."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Driscoll, Mark, 1970-
Driscoll, Mark, 1970-
Mars Hill Church (Seattle, Wash.) -- History.
Mars Hill Church (Seattle, Wash.)
Big churches -- Corrupt practices -- United States
Fundamentalist churches -- Clergy -- Conduct of life
RELIGION / Christian Ministry / General
RELIGION -- Christianity -- Denominations.
United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2017051059
ISBN 082237160X