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Homespun Gospel : The Triumph of Sentimentality in Contemporary American Evangelicalism

By: Brenneman, Todd M.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Cary : Oxford University Press, USA, 2013Description: 1 online resource (209 p.).ISBN: 9780199988990.Subject(s): Emotions -- Religious aspects -- Christianity | Evangelicalism -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Evangelicalism -- United States -- History -- 21st century | Sentimentalism | United States -- Church history -- 20th century | United States -- Church history -- 21st centuryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Homespun Gospel : The Triumph of Sentimentality in Contemporary American EvangelicalismDDC classification: 277.3083 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
""Cover""; ""Contents""; ""Acknowledgments""; ""Introduction""; ""1. God�s in the Business of Giving Mulligans: Sentimentality and Therapeutic Culture""; ""2. You Are Special: The Anti-Intellectualism of Sentimental Evangelicalism""; ""3. “New York Times Best-Selling Author�: Christian Media and the Marketing of Sentiment""; ""4. America Looks Up: Sentimentality, Politics, and American Evangelicalism""; ""Conclusion""; ""Notes""; ""Index""; ""A""; ""B""; ""C""; ""D""; ""E""; ""F""; ""G""; ""H""; ""I""; ""J""; ""K""; ""L""; ""M""; ""N""; ""O""; ""P""; ""R""; ""S""; ""T""; ""V""; ""W""
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""Cover""; ""Contents""; ""Acknowledgments""; ""Introduction""; ""1. God�s in the Business of Giving Mulligans: Sentimentality and Therapeutic Culture""; ""2. You Are Special: The Anti-Intellectualism of Sentimental Evangelicalism""; ""3. “New York Times Best-Selling Author�: Christian Media and the Marketing of Sentiment""; ""4. America Looks Up: Sentimentality, Politics, and American Evangelicalism""; ""Conclusion""; ""Notes""; ""Index""; ""A""; ""B""; ""C""; ""D""; ""E""; ""F""; ""G""; ""H""; ""I""; ""J""; ""K""; ""L""; ""M""; ""N""; ""O""; ""P""; ""R""; ""S""; ""T""; ""V""; ""W""

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Protestant Evangelicalism is usually defined solely by its beliefs. Brenneman (Faulkner Univ.) argues for also considering "affective and experiential concerns." In his view, the importance of doctrine has been downplayed by contemporary Evangelicals in a "conflation of belief and practice through the integration of emotion." Given Evangelicals' commitment to an emotional and personal relationship with God, sentimentality becomes the paradigm for understanding them. Case studies of three leading Evangelicals--Max Lucado, Rick Warren, and Joel Osteen--document an Evangelical culture that embraces "a fatherly God desperately in love with his children." Contemporary Christian music encourages intimate feelings for a God who is loving rather than judgmental. Brenneman analyzes the roots of Evangelicalism in 18th-century revivals; sentimentality, and concern with healing in "therapeutic evangelicalism" dating from the 19th century; fundamentalism and neoevangelicalism in the 20th century; and the recent reaction against Evangelical anti-intellectualism in The Evangelical Manifesto Steering Committee's "An Evangelical Manifesto" (2008). Homespun Gospel is a nuanced and thought-provoking work critical of the "self-absorption" of Evangelicals who--heavily influenced by American culture--have focused on a few conservative social issues and have been incapable of responding to intellectual challenges. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and researchers/faculty. W. B. Bedford Crown College

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Todd M. Brenneman is Assistant Professor of Christian History at Faulkner University in Montgomery, AL. He earned his Ph.D. at Florida State University. His research interests include religion in the United States, evangelicalism, the history of Christianity, and religion and children.

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