Bible-Carrying Christians : Conservative Protestants and Social Power
In the contemporary United States, there are hundreds of thousands of Protestant churches whose members habitually carry their Bibles with them. These churches - often referred to as evangelical or fundamentalist - play a crucial role in shaping American society. In this book, David Watt draws on years of fieldwork to present an elegant reinterpretation of the way that conservative Protestants influence American politics and culture. At the heart of the book is a sympathetic, but far from uncritical, analysis of those forms of social power that are assumed to be natural among Bible-carrying Christians. While outsiders often presuppose that evangelical Christians take for granted the authority of certain institutions (among them the American state, corporations, ministers, men, and heterosexuals), Watt argues that the reality is far more complex. This is a concise and lively book that sheds new light on the way that Bible-carrying Christians influence the way that people in America think.
- Hardback | 176 pages
- 146 x 210 x 20mm | 340.19g
- 14 Mar 2002
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
These descriptive analyses are eminently readable. Watt presents an elegant reinterpretation of the way that conservative Protestants influence American politics and culture...The portrait that emerges is far more compelling than standard depictions of conservative American Protestants. * Journal of the International Society of Bible Collectors *