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ISBN-10: 0374178909

ISBN-13: 9780374178901

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The tale of the Transformation of Jesus from Divinity to Celebrity

The usa (it is frequently mentioned) is likely one of the so much non secular international locations in the world, and such a lot american citizens belong to 1 Christian church or one other. yet as Stephen Prothero argues in American Jesus, the various best value determinations of Jesus have emerged open air the church buildings: in tune, movie, and pop culture; and between Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, and folks of no faith at all.

Popular revisions of Jesus are not anything new: Thomas Jefferson famously took scissors to the hot testomony to supply a Jesus he may perhaps name his personal. In Prothero's incisive chronicle, the emergence of a cult of Jesus--as folks hero and advertisement icon--is America's such a lot precise contribution to Western faith. Prothero describes how Jesus was once enlisted by way of abolitionists and Klansmen, via Teddy Roosevelt and Marcus Garvey. He explains how, in our personal time, the proliferation of Jesus' snapshot on Broadway phases and bumper stickers, at the hide of Time and on the web, in a Holy Land subject matter park and on a hot-air balloon, expresses the unusual mixture of the secular and the sacred in modern the USA.

American Jesus is a full of life and sometimes witty paintings of historical past. As an account of the methods americans have forged the wood worker from Nazareth of their personal photograph, it's also an exam, in the course of the having a look glass, of the yankee character.

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