Initially developed at the University of Toronto between the 1930s and 1970s, media ecology is a meta-disciplinary perspective that understands media as environments that shape human consciousness. Despite this expansive approach to media, media ecology has generally shied away from exploring that environment which encompasses all others—namely, the spiritual dimension. With few exceptions, that unbounded environment has been left to the theologians.
In A Media Ecology of Theology, Paul A. Soukup, S.J., seeks to bridge that divide, offering not a media-ecological analysis of the spiritual dimension itself but, as the title suggests, an examination of Christian theological expression through the lens of media ecology. Structured around the affordances that communication media provide theology, Soukup expertly shows how media environments have influenced and continue to influence the dissemination of Christian beliefs and disciplined reflection on those beliefs.