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The CSCC has sponsored and published research on communication and theology since 1980. In an effort to support this work, here is a working bibliography, recently reviewed and revised. The following readings are intended as a basic introduction to the field of Communication Theology and should serve to direct the reader to further work. Spanning a period of forty years, the list is provided both by author and by year to indicate trends and recurring concerns within the field.

Please note that studies of televangelism, sociological research on media and religion, and the Christian analysis of film and commercial television are not generally speaking within the scope of these readings, insofar as these subjects are given extensive treatment elsewhere.

Author

  • Bluck, John. 1984. Ecumenical debate on communication: a new beginning. Media Development 31:1, 33-34.
  • ________. 1989. Evangelism ch. 8, and Communication and Theology ch 9. In Christian communication reconsidered, 60-75. Geneva: World Council of Churches.
  • Bonnot, Bernard R. 2001. Communication theology: some basics. Catholic International 12:4, 25-27.
  • Brooks, R. T. 1958. Christian communication. Congregational Quarterly 36:1, 25-35.
  • Catholic Bishops of Latin America. 1984. Puebla: dialogue within and without. Media Development 31:1, 24-25.
  • Christians, Clifford. 1986. Prophetic witness to a technicist society ch. 11, and Technology and mutual responsibility ch. 12. In Responsible Technology, ed. S. Monsma, 200-244. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans.
  • ________. 2002. "Religious Perspectives on Communication Technology," Journal of Media and Religion 1:1, 37-47.
  • Dulles, Avery, S.J. 1989. Vatican II and communications. In Vatican II: assessment and perspectives, twenty five years after, ed. R. Latourelle, 528-547. New York: Paulist.
  • Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences. 1984. Asian bishops speak up for democratic communication. Media Development 31:1, 20-24.
  • Gerbner, George. 1984. Public control of television. Media Development 31:1, 38-40.
  • Hamelink, Cees. 1975. Perspectives for public communication. Baarn, Netherlands: Ten Have.
  • International Catholic Association for Radio and Television (UNDA). 1984. São Paulo document on church and NWICO. Media Development 31:1, 9-14.
  • Jones, Penry. 1969. The churches and the media of mass communications. In Unity of Mankind, ed. Albert H. van den Heuvel. Geneva: World Council of Churches.
  • Jorgensen, Knud. 1981. God's incarnation: the centre of communication. Media Development 28:4, 27-30.
  • Jorgenson, Larry. 1984. Church statements on communication: their place in a process. Media Development 31:1, 30-32.
  • Maggay, Melba. 1995. Excluded voices: women, communications and the church in Asia. In Communication and Human Dignity: Asian Christian Perspectives, ed. Pradip Thomas. Delhi: Indian Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge/World Association for Christian Communication.
  • Marty, Martin E. 1972. Needed: a Christian interpretation of the media world. Lutheran World 19:2, 105-114.
  • van der Meiden, Anne. 1984. Appeal for a more communicative theology. Media Development 28:4, 43-45.
  • Ong, Walter. 1969. Communications media and the state of theology. Cross Currents 19
  • ________. 1978. Technology outside us and inside us. Communio 5/2
  • Phelan, John. 1981. Affinity and conflict between theology and communication. Media Development 28:4, 20-23.
  • ________. 1981. The provocative thoughts of Jacques Ellul. Media Development 28:4, 48-50.
  • Plude, Frances Forde. 2001. Interactive communication in the church. Catholic International 12:4, 44-49.
  • Pontifical Council on Social Communication. 1971. Communio et Progressio.
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  • __________. "Ethics in Communication." Catholic International, 12:4 (November 2001): 101-107.
  • Savarimuthu, Augustine, S.J. 2003. Communication challenges to theological education. In Towards a communication theology, ed. Joseph Palakeel. Bangalore: Asian Trading Corporation.
  • Soukup, Paul. 1983. Communication and theology: introduction and review of the literature. London: World Association for Christian Communication/Centre for the Study of Communication and Culture.
  • ________. 2001. Communication studies, values, and theological reflection. Catholic International 12:4, 12-17.
  • ________. 2001. Communication theology as a basis for social communication formation. Catholic International 12:4, 31-35.
  • Thomas, T. K. 1975. Education for Christian communication. WACC Journal 22:4, 12-16.
  • ________. 1976. Theology of communication: not a common cliché. WACC Journal 23:1, 40-43.
  • ________. 1976. Communication-the task of the church. WACC Journal 23:2, 22-24.
  • Tilley, Terrence and Angela Zukowski. 2001. Narrative and communication theology in a post-literate culture. Catholic International 12:4, 5-11.
  • White, Robert A., S.J. 2001. The new communication emerging in the church. Catholic International 12:4, 18-25.
  • World Council of Churches. 1954. Evangelism: the mission of the church to those outside her life; The report of the committee on the department of information. In The Evanston report, 98-107, 238-244. London: SCM Press.
  • ________. 1961. Reports of sections: witness; Report of the committee on the department of information. In The New Delhi Report, 77-93, 304-315. New York: Association Press.
  • ________. 1968. The church and the media of mass communication. In The Uppsala Report, 389-401. Geneva: World Council of Churches.
  • ________. 1982. Issue paper viii: communicating with conviction. In Issues: Discussion Papers on Issues Arising Out of the Life and Work of the World Council of Churches in Preparation for its Sixth Assembly Vancouver Canada. Geneva: World Council of Churches.
  • ________. 1991. Communication Department. In Vancouver to Canberra 1983-1990, ed. Thomas F. Best, 27-34. Geneva: WCC Publications.
  • ________. 1991. Issue 4: the challenge of communication for liberation. In Resources for sections, 34-36, 43-46. Geneva: World Council of Churches.
  • ________. 1991. Issue four: the challenge of communication for liberation; Section II: spirit of truth-set us free!. In Signs of the spirit, ed. Michael Kimmamon, 83-84, 244-248. Geneva: World Council of Churches.

By year

  • World Council of Churches. 1954. Evangelism: the mission of the church to those outside her life; The report of the committee on the department of information. In The Evanston report, 98-107, 238-244. London: SCM Press.
  • Brooks, R. T. 1958. Christian communication. Congregational Quarterly 36:1, 25-35.
  • World Council of Churches. 1961. Reports of sections: witness; Report of the committee on the department of information. In The New Delhi Report, 77-93, 304-315. New York: Association Press.
  • ________. 1968. The church and the media of mass communication. In The Uppsala Report, 389-401. Geneva: World Council of Churches.
  • Jones, Penry. 1969. The churches and the media of mass communications. In Unity of Mankind, ed. Albert H. van den Heuvel. Geneva: World Council of Churches.
  • Ong, Walter. 1969. Communications media and the state of theology. Cross Currents 19 Pontifical Council on Social Communication. 1971. Communio et Progressio.
  • Marty, Martin E. 1972. Needed: a Christian interpretation of the media world. Lutheran World 19:2, 105-114.
  • Hamelink, Cees. 1975. Perspectives for public communication. Baarn, Netherlands: Ten Have.
  • Thomas, T. K. 1975. Education for Christian communication. WACC Journal 22:4, 12-16.
  • ________. 1976. Theology of communication: not a common cliché. WACC Journal 23:1, 40-43.
  • ________. 1976. Communication-the task of the church. WACC Journal 23:2, 22-24. Communio 5/2
  • Jorgensen, Knud. 1981. God's incarnation: the centre of communication. Media Development 28:4, 27-30.
  • Phelan, John. 1981. Affinity and conflict between theology and communication. Media Development 28:4, 20-23.
  • ________. 1981. The provocative thoughts of Jacques Ellul. Media Development 28:4, 48-50.
  • World Council of Churches. 1982. Issue paper viii: communicating with conviction. In Issues: Discussion Papers on Issues Arising Out of the Life and Work of the World Council of Churches in Preparation for its Sixth Assembly Vancouver Canada. Geneva: World Council of Churches.
  • Soukup, Paul. 1983. Communication and theology: Introduction and review of the literature. London: World Association for Christian Communication/Centre for the Study of Communication and Culture.
  • Bluck, John. 1984. Ecumenical debate on communication: a new beginning. Media Development 31:1, 33-34.
  • Catholic Bishops of Latin America. 1984. Puebla: dialogue within and without. Media Development 31:1, 24-25.
  • Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences. 1984. Asian bishops speak up for democratic communication. Media Development 31:1, 20-24.
  • Gerbner, George. 1984. Public control of television. Media Development 31:1, 38-40.
  • International Catholic Association for Radio and Television (UNDA). 1984. São Paulo document on church and NWICO. Media Development 31:1, 9-14.
  • Jorgenson, Larry. 1984. Church statements on communication: their place in a process. Media Development 31:1, 30-32.
  • van der Meiden, Anne. 1984. Appeal for a more communicative theology. Media Development 28:4, 43-45.
  • Christians, Clifford. 1986. Prophetic witness to a technicist society ch. 11, and Technology and mutual responsibility ch. 12. In Responsible Technology, ed. S. Monsma, 200-244. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans.
  • Bluck, John. 1989. Evangelism ch. 8, and Communication and Theology ch 9. In Christian communication reconsidered, 60-75. Geneva: World Council of Churches.
  • Dulles, Avery, S.J. 1989. Vatican II and communications. In Vatican II: assessment and perspectives, twenty five years after, ed. R. Latourelle, 528-547. New York: Paulist.
  • World Council of Churches. 1991. Communication Department. In Vancouver to Canberra 1983-1990, ed. Thomas F. Best, 27-34. Geneva: WCC Publications.
  • ________. 1991. Issue 4: the challenge of communication for liberation. In Resources for sections, 34-36, 43-46. Geneva: World Council of Churches.
  • ________. 1991. Issue four: the challenge of communication for liberation; Section II: spirit of truth-set us free! In Signs of the spirit, ed. Michael Kimmamon, 83-84, 244-248. Geneva: World Council of Churches.
  • Maggay, Melba. 1995. Excluded voices: women, communications and the church in Asia. In Communication and Human Dignity: Asian Christian Perspectives, ed. Pradip Thomas. Delhi: Indian Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge/World Association for Christian Communication.
  • Bonnot, Bernard R. 2001. Communication theology: some basics. Catholic International 12:4, 25-27.
  • Plude, Frances Forde. 2001. Interactive communication in the church. Catholic International 12:4, 44-49.
  • Soukup, Paul. 2001. Communication studies, values, and theological reflection. Catholic International 12:4, 12-17. Catholic International 12:4, 31-35.
  • Tilley, Terrence and Angela Zukowski. 2001. Narrative and communication theology in a post-literate culture. Catholic International 12:4, 5-11.
  • White, Robert A., S.J. 2001. The new communication emerging in the church. Catholic International 12:4, 18-25.
  • Christians, Clifford. 2002. "Religious Perspectives on Communication Technology," Journal of Media and Religion 1:1, 37-47.
  • Savarimuthu, Augustine, S.J. 2003. Communication challenges to theological education. In Towards a communication theology, ed. Joseph Palakeel. Bangalore: Asian Trading Corporation.

--Compiled by Pamela Calvert.