“[A] detailed study of narrative structure in Christian radio . . . .” — Jonathan Goldberg-Hiller , Theory and Event
“[A] fresh point of view. . . . [Apostolidis] provides a way of connecting findings about this particular media organization to larger societal forces and opens the analysis for practical use and understanding on the part of liberals.” — Hillary Warren , Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly
“[A] remarkable, counterintuitive, and atypical study of American evangelical political discourse. . . . Apostolidis has broken enough new ground with his study to make it a substantial contribution to the understanding and criticism of Christian right culture and politics, as well as a novel perspective from which to critique the larger post-Fordist political economy. Stations of the Cross, therefore, marks a commendable and productive effort to integrate critical theory into the analysis of religion and politics in America.” — Finbarr Curtis, Journal of Church and State
“[A]n impressive book, full of rich insights and touching on many facets of political theory, religion, and politics. The author has clearly grappled directly with the ‘Focus’ braodcasts and has incorporated them into a much broader framework. Apostolidis demonstrates a solid grasp of the nuance of recent theological trends in the evangelical community, a facility with critical theory, and an ability to write clearly and with a touch of poetry about political ideas.” — Clyde Wilcox , The Journal of Politics
“[P]rovides a nuanced understanding of the Christian right culture and the constrictions within its narrative message. . . . Highly recommended.” — M. R. Grant , Choice
“This able study of the ideological impact and complexities of Christian right radio by way of Theodor W. Adorno’s negative dialectics makes this surprising conjunction of topics a telling vehicle for rethinking Adorno’s critique of mass culture.” — Theresa M. Kelley , Monatshefte
"[A]n illuminating analysis of the Christian right. . . . [T]his book inspires important reflection on a subject of biblical proportions."
— Communications Booknotes Quarterly
"[P]rovides a wealth of empirical evidence and sorely needed analysis of the Christian right in the United States."
— Michael Forman , Science & Society
"Apostolidis brings a depth of theoretical sophistication and political analysis to his detailed treatment of evangelical culture that will reward anyone with an interest in critical theory and religion." — Larry A. Golemon , Religious Studies Review
“Apostolidis’s application of dialectical criticism to the evangelical radio program Focus on the Family is theoretically innovative and politically daring. Reading Christian conservatism as cultural critique, he discerns in its narrative structures the same utopian desire for ethical autonomy that animates ‘left’ criticisms of our post-Fordist social order. No apologist for the New Right but a democratic provocateur, Apostolidis challenges progressives to set aside their secular disdain for evangelicalism and consider how its powerful cultural idiom might provide intellectual and political radicalism with a new voice.” — Lisa Disch, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
“Paul Apostolidis’s excellent study Stations of the Cross: Adorno and Christian Right Radio provides one of the sharpest analyses yet to appear of the Christian right and its media politics. The book is also an important contribution to critical theory, applying and reconstructing T. W. Adorno’s approach to cultural criticism. Focusing on James Dobson’s Focus on the Family, Apostolidis skillfully dissects the program’s messages, politics, and effects, producing a first-rate study of contemporary conservative religious culture.” — Douglas Kellner, UCLA