Advertising, Idolatry and the Bride of Christ


Dr. Matthew Tan explores the subtle, yet damaging nature of imagery in modern day society and it being a modern anthropological and theological crisis. Dr. Tan explains this by exploring hyperreality and its ability to blur the real with the unreal and its theological implications on the Bride of Christ, the Church and all of its members.

In this podcast:
    • 4:26: The Idolatry of the Image and on Hyperreality.
    • 19:25: What Does this Have to Do With Gender?
    • 26:23: Conclusion.


This presentation was part of The Christopher Dawson Centre for Cultural Studies’ 2016 Colloquium on the theme “The nature of men and women: complementary but different”, hosted in Hobart, Australia.

About Author

Dr Matthew Tan is the Felice and Margredel Zaccari Lecturer in Theology and Philosophy at Campion College. He recently served as Visiting Assistant Professor in the Catholic Studies department and Centre for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology at DePaul University in Chicago in the United States. His book "Justice, Unity and the Hidden Christ" was published in 2014 and is available at

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