Material Christianity: Religion and Popular Culture in America

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Yale University Press, 1. jan. 1995 - 312 sider
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What can the religious objects used by nineteenth- and twentieth-century Americans tell us about American Christianity? What is the relationship between the beliefs of the faithful and the landscapes they build? This lavishly illustrated book investigates the history and meaning of Christian material culture in America over the last 150 years. Drawing on a rich array of historical sources and on in-depth interviews with Protestants, Catholics, and Mormons, Colleen McDannell examines the relationship between religion and mass consumption. McDannell claims that previous studies of American Christianity have overemphasized the written, cognitive, and ethical dimensions of religion, presenting faith as a disembodied system of beliefs. She shifts attention from the church and the theological seminary to the workplace, home, cemetery, and Sunday school. Thus McDannell highlights a different Christianity - one in which average Christians experience the divine, the nature of death, the power of healing, and the meaning of community through interacting with a created world of devotional images, environments, and objects.

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American Protestants--especially evangelicals--have traditionally had, and continue to have, a strong material and visual dimension to their religious lives Læs hele anmeldelsen

MATERIAL CHRISTIANITY: Religion and Popular Culture in America

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A groundbreaking, impressively researched, and kitsch-filled exploration of how Americans' sacred ``stuff'' both shapes and reflects their religious beliefs. McDannell (coauthor of Heaven: A History ... Læs hele anmeldelsen

Indhold

The Bible in the Victorian Home
67
18
74
39
80
57
92
The Bible as Fashion Statement
99
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132
Christian Kitsch and the Rhetoric of Bad Taste
163
Sacred Clothing and the Body
198
Christian Retailing
222
Epilogue
270
Notes
277
Index
306
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Om forfatteren (1995)

Colleen McDannell is Sterling McMurrin Chair of Religious Studies and associate professor of history at the University of Utah. She is the co-author of Heaven: A History, published by Yale University Press.

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