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Jesus Made in America: A Cultural History from the Puritans to the Passion of the Christ

Nichols, Stephen J.

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"Stephen Nichols's account of how Jesus has been perceived throughout American history is long on wisdom and short on tedium." - Mark Noll

Pubisher's Description: Jesus is as American as baseball and apple pie. But how this came to be is a complex story--one that Stephen Nichols tells with care and ease. Beginning with the Puritans, he leads readers through the various cultural epochs of American history, showing at each stage how American notions of Jesus were shaped by the cultural sensibilities of the times, often with unfortunate results.

Always fascinating and often humorous, Jesus Made in America offers a frank assessment of the story of Christianity in America, including the present. For those interested in the cultural implications of that story, this book is a must-read.

210 pages
Published May 2008

Table of Contents

1 The Puritan Christ: Image and Word in Early New England
2 Jesus for a New Republic: The Politics and Piety of Franklin, Jefferson, Washington and Paine
3 Gentle Jesus, Meek and Mild: Nineteenth-Century Makeovers from the Frontier to Victorian Culture
4 Jesus, Hero for the Modern World: Harry Emerson Fosdick, J. Gresham Machen and the Real Meaning of Christmas
5 Jesus on Vinyl: From the Jesus People to CCM
6 Jesus on the Big Screen: The Passion for Hollywood
7 Jesus on a Bracelet: Christ, Commodification and Consumer Culture
8 Jesus on the Right Wing: Christ and Politics in America
Epilogue: Jesus and the Gospel in the Twenty-first Century

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