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Enlarging the Faith Books and the Marketing of Liberal Religion in a Consumer Culture

Matthew S. Hedstrom

in The Rise of Liberal Religion: Book Culture and American Spirituality in the Twentieth Century

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780195374490
eISBN:
9780199979141
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195374490.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The first major event in the modernization of religious publishing in the twentieth century was the Religious Book Week of the 1920s, an initiative spearheaded by Frederic Melcher and the National ... More


The Religious Book Club: Middlebrow Culture and Liberal Protestant Seeker Spirituality

Matthew S. Hedstrom

in The Rise of Liberal Religion: Book Culture and American Spirituality in the Twentieth Century

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780195374490
eISBN:
9780199979141
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195374490.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The Religious Book Club, founded in 1927, was a major institution of religious middlebrow culture through the middle decades of the twentieth century. It exemplified the importance of book clubs to ... More


Inventing Interfaith: The Wartime Reading Campaign of the National Conference of Christians and Jews

Matthew S. Hedstrom

in The Rise of Liberal Religion: Book Culture and American Spirituality in the Twentieth Century

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780195374490
eISBN:
9780199979141
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195374490.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The notion of a shared Judeo-Christian national identity became a defining feature of American public life in the war and postwar years. The U.S. government called upon a private interfaith ... More


Good Books Build Character: Promoting Religious Reading in the 1920s

Erin A. Smith

in What Would Jesus Read?: Popular Religious Books and Everyday Life in Twentieth-Century America

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9781469621326
eISBN:
9781469621340
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469621326.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter discusses efforts to better market religious books to a general audience in the 1920s, including the industry-wide “Religious Book Week” promotional campaign organized in 1921 and the ... More


The Late Great Planet Earth and Evangelical Cultures of Letters in the 1970s and 1980s

Erin A. Smith

in What Would Jesus Read?: Popular Religious Books and Everyday Life in Twentieth-Century America

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9781469621326
eISBN:
9781469621340
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469621326.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter examines the field of religious publishing in the 1970s and early 1980s by focusing on Hal Lindsey and C. C. Carlson's The Late Great Planet Earth (1970), a layperson's guide to ... More


The Publishers and the People

Ian Green

in Print and Protestantism in Early Modern England

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198208600
eISBN:
9780191678097
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208600.003.0008
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History, History of Religion

This chapter re-examines two types of publication which historians have recently suggested were designed for the people — the ‘godly ballad’ and the ‘penny godly’ chapbook — and calls into question ... More


Introduction

Erin A. Smith

in What Would Jesus Read?: Popular Religious Books and Everyday Life in Twentieth-Century America

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9781469621326
eISBN:
9781469621340
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469621326.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This book is a historical examination of selected popular religious books from the twentieth century, as well as the communities of readers and writers for whom they were important. It emphasizes the ... More


What Would Jesus Read?: Popular Religious Books and Everyday Life in Twentieth-Century America

Erin A. Smith

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9781469621326
eISBN:
9781469621340
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469621326.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

Since the late nineteenth century, religiously-themed books in America have been commercially popular yet scorned by critics. Working at the intersection of literary history, lived religion, and ... More


The New Gnosticism: Gender, Heresy, and Religious Community

Erin A. Smith

in What Would Jesus Read?: Popular Religious Books and Everyday Life in Twentieth-Century America

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9781469621326
eISBN:
9781469621340
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469621326.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter focuses on ethnographic work with one contemporary Unitarian Universalist (UU) religious reading group, with particular emphasis on popular religious books related to “the new ... More


The Cult of Reassurance: Religion, Therapy, and Containment Culture

Erin A. Smith

in What Would Jesus Read?: Popular Religious Books and Everyday Life in Twentieth-Century America

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9781469621326
eISBN:
9781469621340
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469621326.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter examines how popular religious self-help books operated as Cold War propaganda in the developing world by participating in what Alan Nadel calls “containment culture.” Focusing on the ... More


Books for the Seeker: Liberal Religion and the Literary Marketplace in the 1990s

Erin A. Smith

in What Would Jesus Read?: Popular Religious Books and Everyday Life in Twentieth-Century America

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9781469621326
eISBN:
9781469621340
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469621326.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter examines some of the best-selling mainstream religion/spirituality titles of the 1990s in light of increasing numbers of self-reported “spiritual seekers”—individuals with fluid, dynamic ... More


Pealeism and Its Discontents: Cold War Religion, Intellectuals, and the Middlebrow

Erin A. Smith

in What Would Jesus Read?: Popular Religious Books and Everyday Life in Twentieth-Century America

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9781469621326
eISBN:
9781469621340
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469621326.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter examines the debate regarding the proper place of religion in American public life in the first two decades after World War II, as well as its consequences for the reception of religious ... More


Conclusion

Erin A. Smith

in What Would Jesus Read?: Popular Religious Books and Everyday Life in Twentieth-Century America

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9781469621326
eISBN:
9781469621340
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469621326.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This book concludes by discussing the relationship between religious reading and other forms of popular reading, along with the threads that connect these texts and readers over the long twentieth ... More


Religion and Popular Print Culture

Erin A. Smith

in The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture: Volume Six: US Popular Print Culture 1860-1920

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199234066
eISBN:
9780191803352
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199234066.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter explores the link between religion and popular print culture in the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. More specifically, it examines the impact of ... More


Piety and Knowledge

Abigail Williams

in The Social Life of Books: Reading Together in the Eighteenth-Century Home

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780300208290
eISBN:
9780300228106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300208290.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter considers how books about history, science, or religion were shared. Library catalogues and diaries show that the borrowing, selling, and reading of sermons, histories, and travel ... More


Vanity Fair and the Celestial City: Dissenting, Methodist, and Evangelical Literary Culture in England 1720-1800

Isabel Rivers

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
August 2018
ISBN:
9780198269960
eISBN:
9780191851209
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198269960.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature, History of Christianity

In John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress, the pilgrims cannot reach the Celestial City without passing through Vanity Fair, where everything is bought and sold. In recent years there has been much ... More


“God Himself Culminates in the Present Moment”: Thoughts on Thoreau's Faith

Joel Porte

in Consciousness and Culture: Emerson and Thoreau Reviewed

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300104462
eISBN:
9780300130577
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300104462.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter examines Henry Thoreau's faith. It discusses Thoreau's comments about the sound of catechisms and religious books and his pronouncement that he was sick of the pagoda worship. It ... More


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