Faithwire Senior Editor Billy Hallowell on his New Book “Fault Line” and Why Christians Must Engage Secular Media, Hollywood, and Academia

Faithwire senior editor Billy Hallowell is calling on devout Christians to get involved in secular information outlets like the news media, Hollywood, and the university system in his new book Fault Line: How a Seismic Shift in Culture Is Threatening Free Speech and Shaping the Next Generation.

The book, which will be released on March 7, examines the growing influence secular and liberal ideology have on the United States through the three outlets of news media, entertainment, and higher education.

A former editor at The Blaze, Hallowell told The Christian Post that an important way to counteract secular influence on American society is to be involved in mainstream information sources.

 

“It’s so easy to dismiss people who aren’t present. It becomes much harder to dismiss people who are there right next to you, working with you,” said Hallowell.

“When you get to know a Christian and you get to know a conservative at a university setting, it’s harder for colleagues to dismiss.”

Fox News conservative social commentator Sean Hannity wrote the foreword to Fault Line, stating that the book “will take you through some of the many examples of bias in each arena, while also exposing the statistics and facts that show the impact these messages are having on the masses.”

“Despite the secular and overtly liberal nature of the media, education, and Hollywood, each of us has a responsibility to educate ourselves about what’s unfolding in society and who’s truly controlling the message we consume,” wrote Hannity.

Fault Line also challenges conservatives and Christians alike not to retreat from these arenas, with Hallowell imploring readers to enter into these spheres as producers, actors, journalists, and professors to engage in the culture — or to take other steps to ensure their voices are heard amid the static.”

(Photo: Charisma House/Frontline)The front cover of the 2017 book Fault Line, by Billy Hallowell.

In an interview with CP about his book on Friday, Hallowell shared advice he has for Christians who are answering his call to work in Hollywood, journalism, or higher education.

CP: What led you to write this book?

Hallowell: This is a book that was a long time coming. It deals with issues that I’ve been looking at for a long time as a journalist and as somebody who has worked in media and watched Hollywood for a long time. I had become increasingly concerned over where the public is, where culture is on a lot of issues. Just sort of looking at the transitioning and changing statistics on issues like everything from divorce to marriage down the line. And so with that, I started to think to myself, “OK, well, what’s driving this? What is changing culture at such a rapid rate?” And I started to break it down.

If you’re a kid and you’re not going to church with your family and your family maybe isn’t very solid in their views, you kind of have only three other places where you’re learning. You’re learning from the media, you’re learning from Hollywood, and you’re learning from universities. And so, that became the focal point and I started to realize, my gosh, there’s like this triangular dominance going on where these three areas are impacting what we believe on a variety of topics. And so, that really led me into writing this book.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post – Michael Gryboski