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📒Religious Rhetoric And American Politics ✍ Christopher B. Chapp
✏Religious Rhetoric and American Politics Book Summary : From Reagan's regular invocation of America as "a city on a hill" to Obama's use of spiritual language in describing social policy, religious rhetoric is a regular part of how candidates communicate with voters. Although the Constitution explicitly forbids a religious test as a qualification to public office, many citizens base their decisions about candidates on their expressed religious beliefs and values. In Religious Rhetoric and American Politics, Christopher B. Chapp shows that Americans often make political choices because they identify with a "civil religion," not because they think of themselves as cultural warriors. Chapp examines the role of religious political rhetoric in American elections by analyzing both how political elites use religious language and how voters respond to different expressions of religion in the public sphere. Chapp analyzes the content and context of political speeches and draws on survey data, historical evidence, and controlled experiments to evaluate how citizens respond to religious stumping. Effective religious rhetoric, he finds, is characterized by two factors-emotive cues and invocations of collective identity-and these factors regularly shape the outcomes of American presidential elections and the dynamics of political representation. While we tend to think that certain issues (e.g., abortion) are invoked to appeal to specific religious constituencies who vote solely on such issues, Chapp shows that religious rhetoric is often more encompassing and less issue-specific. He concludes that voter identification with an American civic religion remains a driving force in American elections, despite its potentially divisive undercurrents.
📒Milton And Questions Of History ✍ Feisal Gharib Mohamed
✏Milton and Questions of History Book Summary : Milton and Questions of History considers the contribution of several classic studies of Milton written by Canadians in the twentieth century. It contemplates whether these might be termed a coherent 'school' of Milton studies in Canada and it explores how these concerns might intervene in current critical and scholarly debates on Milton and, more broadly, on historicist criticism in its relationship to renewed interest in literary form. The volume opens with a selection of seminal articles by noted scholars including Northrop Frye, Hugh McCallum, Douglas Bush, Ernest Sirluck, and A.S.P. Woodhouse. Subsequent essays engage and contextualize these works while incorporating fresh intellectual concerns. The Introduction and Afterword frame the contents so that they constitute a dialogue between past and present critical studies of Milton by Canadian scholars.
📒Communion With Christ And His People ✍ Peter J. Morden
✏Communion with Christ and His People Book Summary : Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) was the most famous Baptist minister of his generation. For such a significant figure, he has received surprisingly little scholarly coverage. This present work seeks to make a contribution to Spurgeon studies by examining him through the lens of his "spirituality." A wealth of primary material, much of it previously untapped, is used to build up a picture of his spiritual life. Whereas older and more recent interpretations of Spurgeon have a tendency to be one-dimensional, examination of his spirituality reveals him to be a complex figure, one who was molded by a diverse range of factors. Despite this complexity, a unifying theme for Spurgeon's spirituality is traced and fresh light is shed on the foremost popular preacher of the Victorian age.
📒Religion And Politics In America ✍ Robert Booth Fowler
✏Religion and Politics in America Book Summary : Religion and politics are never far from the headlines, but their relationship remains complex and often confusing. In this fifth edition of Religion and Politics in America, the authors offer a lively, accessible, and balanced treatment of religion in American politics. They explore the historical, cultural, and legal contexts that underlie religious political engagement while also highlighting the pragmatic and strategic political realities that religious organizations and people face. Incorporating the best and most up-to-date scholarship, the authors assess the politics of Roman Catholics; evangelical, mainline, and African American Protestants; Jews; Muslims and other conventional and not-so-conventional American religious movements. The author team also examines important subjects concerning religion and its relationship to gender, race/ethnicity, and class. The fifth edition has been revised to include the 2012 elections, in particular Mitt Romney's candidacy and Mormonism, as well as a fuller assessment of the role of religion in President Obama's first term. In-depth treatment of core topics, contemporary case studies, and useful focus-study boxes, provides students with a real understanding of how religion and politics relate in practice and makes this fifth edition essential reading for courses in political science, religion, and sociology departments.
📒Wayward Puritans ✍ Kai Erikson
✏Wayward Puritans Book Summary : Kai T. Erikson uses the Puritan settlement in 17th-century Massachusetts as a setting in which to examine several ideas about deviant behavior in society. Combining sociology and history, the author draws on the records of the Bay Colony to illustrate the way in which deviant behavior fits in the texture of social life generally. The main argument of "Wayward Puritans" is that deviant forms of behavior are often a valuable resource in society, providing a point of contrast, which is necessary for the maintenance of a coherent social order. In a new Afterword, the author offers new conclusions, fresh insights, and noteworthy reflections on his work and its impact forty years after its original publication ""I keep coming back and coming back in my writing and teaching to WAYWARD PURITANS. Kai Erikson's deep appreciation of the ritual dimensions of social life remains a refreshing alternative to rational-choice reductionism. And for social scientists who have recently discovered 'symbolic boundaries, ' the idea was already here. My advice to each new cohort of aspiring social observers: read WAYWARD PURITANS."" Robert Wuthnow, Princeton University ""WAYWARD PURITANS is a true sociological classic. Kai Erikson has produced a brilliant theory of social deviance as well as one of the most remarkable attempts to identify boundaries as a critical sociological phenomenon. One of the most spectacular products of the Durkheimian tradition, this is sociology at its best."" Eviatar Zerubavel, Rutgers University ""Sociological classics speak to all people at all times about the social condition of humanity. For almost forty years, WAYWARD PURITANS has thrown light on that condition. In the new millennium we need that light, for our moral boundaries have shifted radically. Kai Erikson's classic helps explain those shifts, and, explaining them, relates the state of our society to our own moral dilemmas. It is a great book that speaks to us more loudly and clearly today than ever before."" Barry Schwartz, University of Georgia ""Boundary crises come in all flavors. This book describes both the Puritan instance and the general theory. Erikson came up with a fundamental discovery of human life. It's a great theory and a great book, as important now as when it first came out."" Albert J. Bergesen, University of Arizona
📒Major Writers Of Early American Literature ✍ Everett Emerson
✏Major Writers of Early American Literature Book Summary : Anne Bradstreet, Cotton Mather, Benjamin Franklin and six other American authors are discussed in this anthology of essays about the quality and concerns of seventeenth and eighteenth-century literature. Bibliogs
📒Missionary Conquest ✍ George E. Tinker
✏Missionary Conquest Book Summary : This fascinating probe into U.S. mission history spotlights four cases: Junipero Serra, the Franciscan whose mission to California natives has made him a candidate for sainthood; John Eliot, the renowned Puritan missionary to Massachusetts Indians; Pierre-Jean De Smet, the Jesuit missioner to the Indians of the Midwest; and Henry Benjamin Whipple, who engineered the U.S. government's theft of the Black Hills from the Sioux.
📒Good Intentions ✍ Mohamed Cherkaoui
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📒Introduction To American Studies ✍ Malcolm Bradbury
✏Introduction to American Studies Book Summary : First published in 1981, the third edition of Introduction to American Studies, edited by Malcolm Bradbury and Howard Temperley, conveys through fourteen interdisciplinary essays the importance of American Studies and the excitement that arises from studying it. Providing a coherent and developing portrait of American history, literature, culture and society, the book also deals with some of the central themes and preoccupations of American life. Fundamental influences like the machine and the city, and subjects such as imagery and iconography, myth, national identity, ideology, popular culture and painting are analysed in order to provoke us into thinking about what it actually means to study a culture, and how such a study can be achieved. The fourteen chapters are chronologically arranged and cover the whole of American history, although there is substantial emphasis on the twentieth century. They discuss regions, themes and periods central to America's development. The emphasis on history and literature reflects the general direction of much work in American Studies and the nature of most courses on it. This new edition has been written by scholars at the forefront of American Studies and has been fully revised and updated to take account of the changes in American society that have occurred since the second edition was published in 1989. In particular, a new chapter which discusses the developments that have occurred during the 1990s has been included. The interdisciplinary nature of the study and the broad coverage of material makes Introduction to American Studies essential reading for all students of American Studies, from sixth form through to undergraduate, as well as for the general reader who is interested in the diverse factors that have shaped the America of today.
📒The English Poetic Epitaph ✍ Joshua Scodel
✏The English Poetic Epitaph Book Summary : In the first major study of the genre, Joshua Scodel shows how English poets have used the poetic epitaph to express their views concerning the power and limitations of poetry as a response to human mortality.