American Jesus: How the Son of God Became a National Icon
Stephen Prothero (Author)
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Jesus the Black Messiah; Jesus the Jew; Jesus the Hindu sage; Jesus the Haight-Asbury hippie: these Jesuses join the traditional figure of Jesus Christ in American Jesus, which was acclaimed upon publication in hardcover as an altogether fresh exploration of American history--and as the liveliest book about Jesus to appear in English in years.Our nation's changing images of Jesus, Stephen Prothero contends, are a kind of looking class into the national character. Even as most Christian believers cleave to a traditional faith, other people give Jesus a leading role as folk hero, pitchman, and countercultural icon. And so it has been since the nation's founding--from Thomas Jefferson, who took scissors to his New Testament to sort out true from false Jesus material; to the Jews, Buddhists and Muslims who fit Jesus into their own traditions; to the people who adapt Jesus for stage and screen and the Holy Land theme park. American Jesus is a lively, illuminating and accessible survey that takes us into unexpected corners of our shared religious heritage (Dan Cryer, Newsday).
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
September 18, 2004
5.5 X 1.1 X 8.2 inches | 0.75 pounds
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About the Author
Stephen Prothero is the chairman of the Department of Religion at Boston University. He is the author of" The White Buddhist: The Asian Odyssey of Henry Steel Olcott" and "Purified by Fire: Cremation in American Culture." He has written for "Salon "and other publications.
"Prothero has crafted a marvelous book--and a great read--on a vital and absorbing subject." --Harvey Cox, author of Many Mansions: A Christian's Encounters with Other Faiths