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Aimee Semple McPherson and the Resurrection of Christian America [Hardcover]

By Matthew Avery Sutton (Author)
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Pages   351
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.38" Width: 5.84" Height: 1.35"
Weight:   1.34 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2007
Publisher   Harvard University Press
ISBN  0674025318  
EAN  9780674025318  

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Examines the life and career of mid-twentieth-century evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson in terms of her role as a pioneer in the movement of Pentecostal Christianity from the margins of Protestantism to mainstream American culture, explaining how her integration of politics and faith set the stage for the growth of the religious right.

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From the Pilgrims who settled at Plymouth Rock to Christian Coalition canvassers working for George W. Bush, Americans have long sought to integrate faith with politics. Few have been as successful as Hollywood evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson.

During the years between the two world wars, McPherson was the most flamboyant and controversial minister in the United States. She built an enormously successful and innovative megachurch, established a mass media empire, and produced spellbinding theatrical sermons that rivaled Tinseltown's spectacular shows. As McPherson's power grew, she moved beyond religion into the realm of politics, launching a national crusade to fight the teaching of evolution in the schools, defend Prohibition, and resurrect what she believed was the United States' Christian heritage. Convinced that the antichrist was working to destroy the nation's Protestant foundations, she and her allies saw themselves as a besieged minority called by God to join the "old time religion" to American patriotism.

Matthew Sutton's definitive study of Aimee Semple McPherson reveals the woman, most often remembered as the hypocritical vamp in Sinclair Lewis's Elmer Gantry, as a trail-blazing pioneer. Her life marked the beginning of Pentecostalism's advance from the margins of Protestantism to the mainstream of American culture. Indeed, from her location in Hollywood, McPherson's integration of politics with faith set precedents for the religious right, while her celebrity status, use of spectacle, and mass media savvy came to define modern evangelicalism.

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Matthew Avery Sutton is the Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor of History at Washington State University. He is the author of, most recently, American Apocalypse: A History of Modern Evangelicalism.
Darren Dochuk is Associate Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of From Bible Belt to Sunbelt: Plain-Folk Religion, Grassroots Politics, and the Rise of Evangelical Conservatism.

Matthew Avery Sutton was born in 1975 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Washington State University.

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fantastic book  Nov 11, 2007
This is an incredible biography of Aimee Semple McPherson, one of America's most important religious leaders. It is a fabulous read (I breezed through it on a long plane ride); it tells amazing stories of supposed kidnappings and faith healings, of sexual intrigue and flappers, of patriotism and anti-Communism. Every chapter was fascinating. Professor Sutton shows how Sister Aimee played a pivotal role in helping to create what we call today the Christian Right. Its ability to connect old-time religion, media ingenuity, and American nationalism does seem to build from McPherson. Great book for the classroom, the airplane, or the beach.
Aimee Semple McPherson  Aug 23, 2007
I was very curious about the "real" Aimee. I grew up hearing tales about her and her lifestyle. Book was very interesting.

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