Christianity and the Culture Machine
Media and Theology in the Age of Late Secularism
Imprint: Cascade Books
"Rocchio's innovative, challenging thesis is that Vatican II's project remains unfinished: Catholicism never developed an aesthetic that conveys our 'mutuality with the divine.' Placing works of film and television in dialogue with both the insights of media critics and a meditation on the way of the cross, no other book so powerfully brings together aesthetic theory, media, and a radical theology embracing the example of that itinerant healer who walked with the poor."
--John Champagne, Professor of English, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
"Vincent Rocchio hails from the hallways of media studies, but he got loose and wandered into the church. Thank God. His diagnosis: the culture machine (malls, markets, movies, and all the rest) is not winning because theology is wanting but because the church does not know how to communicate. He argues for a new Christian aesthetic up to the task of communicating the gospel, and he finds it in the most surprising places. A brilliant book."
--David Toole, Duke University