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American Jesus : How Son of God Became a National Icon

American Jesus : How Son of God Became a National Icon - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0374529567

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ISBN13: 978-0374529567
ISBN10: 0374529566
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Inc.
Published: 2003
International: No

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American Jesus : How Son of God Became a National Icon - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0374529567

Stephen Prothero

ISBN13: 978-0374529567
ISBN10: 0374529566
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Inc.

Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

Jesus the Black Messiah; Jesus the Jew; Jesus the Hindu sage; Jesus the Haight-Asbury hippie: these Jesus's 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.