the rise of liberal religion book culture and american spirituality in the twentieth century

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The Rise Of Liberal Religion

Author : Matthew Hedstrom
ISBN : 9780195374490
Genre : History
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Winner of the Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Best First Book Prize of the American Society of Church History Named a Society for U. S. Intellectual History Notable Title in American Intellectual History The story of liberal religion in the twentieth century, Matthew S. Hedstrom contends, is a story of cultural ascendency. This may come as a surprise-most scholarship in American religious history, after all, equates the numerical decline of the Protestant mainline with the failure of religious liberalism. Yet a look beyond the pews, into the wider culture, reveals a more complex and fascinating story, one Hedstrom tells in The Rise of Liberal Religion. Hedstrom attends especially to the critically important yet little-studied arena of religious book culture-particularly the religious middlebrow of mid-century-as the site where religious liberalism was most effectively popularized. By looking at book weeks, book clubs, public libraries, new publishing enterprises, key authors and bestsellers, wartime reading programs, and fan mail, among other sources, Hedstrom is able to provide a rich, on-the-ground account of the men, women, and organizations that drove religious liberalism's cultural rise in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. Critically, by the post-WWII period the religious middlebrow had expanded beyond its Protestant roots, using mystical and psychological spirituality as a platform for interreligious exchange. This compelling history of religion and book culture not only shows how reading and book buying were critical twentieth-century religious practices, but also provides a model for thinking about the relationship of religion to consumer culture more broadly. In this way, The Rise of Liberal Religion offers both innovative cultural history and new ways of seeing the imprint of liberal religion in our own times.

Pius Xii Und Das Dritte Reich

Author : Saul Friedländer
ISBN : 9783406616822
Genre : Religion
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Im anhaltenden Streit um die historische und moralische Beurteilung von Papst Pius XII. stehen bis heute zwei Fragen im Vordergrund: Sein Verhältnis zum „Dritten Reich“ und seine Haltung gegenüber dem Holocaust. Saul Friedländer hat aus den Archiven die wichtigsten Dokumente zusammengetragen, die uns Einblick in das Handeln des Papstes geben und zur Klärung dieser Fragen beitragen können. Sein berühmt gewordenes Buch über Pius XII. und das „Dritte Reich“ liegt nun in einer durchgesehenen und um ein aktuelles Nachwort ergänzten Neuausgabe wieder vor.

The Routledge History Of Twentieth Century America

Author : Jerald Podair
ISBN : 9781317485650
Genre : History
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The Routledge History of the Twentieth-Century United States is a comprehensive introduction to the most important trends and developments in the study of modern United States history. Driven by interdisciplinary scholarship, the thirty-four original chapters underscore the vast range of identities, perspectives and tensions that contributed to the growth and contested meanings of the United States in the twentieth century. The chronological and topical breadth of the collection highlights critical political and economic developments of the century while also drawing attention to relatively recent areas of research, including borderlands, technology and disability studies. Dynamic and flexible in its possible applications, The Routledge History of the Twentieth-Century United States offers an exciting new resource for the study of modern American history.

What Would Jesus Read

Author : Erin A. Smith
ISBN : 9781469621333
Genre : Religion
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Since the late nineteenth century, religiously themed books in America have been commercially popular yet scorned by critics. Working at the intersection of literary history, lived religion, and consumer culture, Erin A. Smith considers the largely unexplored world of popular religious books, examining the apparent tension between economic and religious imperatives for authors, publishers, and readers. Smith argues that this literature served as a form of extra-ecclesiastical ministry and credits the popularity and longevity of religious books to their day-to-day usefulness rather than their theological correctness or aesthetic quality. Drawing on publishers' records, letters by readers to authors, promotional materials, and interviews with contemporary religious-reading groups, Smith offers a comprehensive study that finds surprising overlap across the religious spectrum--Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish, liberal and conservative. Smith tells the story of how authors, publishers, and readers reconciled these books' dual function as best-selling consumer goods and spiritually edifying literature. What Would Jesus Read? will be of interest to literary and cultural historians, students in the field of print culture, and scholars of religious studies.

Religion And The Marketplace In The United States

Author : Jan Stievermann
ISBN : 9780190266578
Genre : Social Science
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Alexis de Tocqueville once described the national character of Americans as one question insistently asked: "How much money will it bring in?" G.K. Chesterton, a century later, described America as a "nation with a soul of a church." At first glance, the two observations might appear to be diametrically opposed, but this volume shows the ways in which American religion and American business overlap and interact with one another, defining the US in terms of religion, and religion in terms of economics. Bringing together original contributions by leading experts and rising scholars from both America and Europe, the volume pushes this field of study forward by examining the ways religions and markets in relationship can provide powerful insights and open unseen aspects into both. In essays ranging from colonial American mercantilism to modern megachurches, from literary markets to popular festivals, the authors explore how religious behavior is shaped by commerce, and how commercial practices are informed by religion. By focusing on what historians often use off-handedly as a metaphor or analogy, the volume offers new insights into three varieties of relationships: religion and the marketplace, religion in the marketplace, and religion as the marketplace. Using these categories, the contributors test the assumptions scholars have come to hold, and offer deeper insights into religion and the marketplace in America.

Guaranteed Pure

Author : Timothy Gloege
ISBN : 9781469621029
Genre : Religion
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American evangelicalism has long walked hand in hand with modern consumer capitalism. Timothy Gloege shows us why, through an engaging story about God and big business at the Moody Bible Institute. Founded in Chicago by shoe-salesman-turned-revivalist Dwight Lyman Moody in 1889, the institute became a center of fundamentalism under the guidance of the innovative promoter and president of Quaker Oats, Henry Crowell. Gloege explores the framework for understanding humanity shared by these business and evangelical leaders, whose perspectives clearly differed from those underlying modern scientific theories. At the core of their "corporate evangelical" framework was a modern individualism understood primarily in terms of economic relations. Conservative evangelicalism and modern business grew symbiotically, transforming the ways that Americans worshipped, worked, and consumed. Gilded Age evangelicals initially understood themselves primarily as new "Christian workers--employees of God guided by their divine contract, the Bible. But when these ideas were put to revolutionary ends by Populists, corporate evangelicals reimagined themselves as savvy religious consumers and reformulated their beliefs. Their consumer-oriented "orthodoxy" displaced traditional creeds and undermined denominational authority, forever altering the American religious landscape. Guaranteed pure of both liberal theology and Populist excesses, this was a new form of old-time religion not simply compatible with modern consumer capitalism but uniquely dependent on it.

Die Psychiatrische Beurteilung Jesu

Author : Albert Schweitzer
ISBN : 9783487097596
Genre : Religion
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Der Uta Codex

Author : Karl-Georg Pfändtner
ISBN : 3905924145
Genre : Christian art and symbolism
File Size : 75. 8 MB
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Deutsche Afrikareisende Im Neunzehnten Jahrhundert

Author : Cornelia Essner
ISBN : 3515045430
Genre : Africa
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Das J Dische Jahrhundert

Author : Yuri Slezkine
ISBN : 3525362900
Genre : History
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Mit "Das jüdische Jahrhundert" hat Yuri Slezkine ein Meisterwerk der historischen Essayistik vorgelegt. Er verbindet historische und anthropologische Ansätze, indem er die Frage nach dem Verhältnis von Judentum und Moderne universalisiert. Dabei bezeichnet er den Habitus jüdischer Lebenswelten als "merkurianisch", den der agrarischen Bevölkerung als "apollonisch". Im Zuge der Moderne, so Slezkine, verwandelten sich immer mehr Menschen in Merkurianer, sie werden gleichsam zu "Juden". Von diesen Fragestellungen und Metaphorisierungen der Soziologie um 1900 ausgehend zeigt das Buch die Alternativen auf, die den Juden um diese Zeit offen standen. Dabei rückt das revolutionäre Russland in den Mittelpunkt der Analyse. Die große Leistung Slezkines ist es, in einer sowohl nüchternen als auch ironischen Weise die Präsenz von Juden in den zentralen Bereichen des Sowjetregimes zu erklären. Er verweist auf die Attribute ihrer Modernität, ohne dem antisemitischen Diskurs über Juden und Bolschewismus zu folgen. Sozial-, Mentalitäts- und Literaturgeschichte verbindend gelingt es Slezkine, die paradigmatische jüdische Erfahrung im 20. Jahrhundert provokant und spannend nachzuzeichnen.

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