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The Resource An anxious age : the Post-Protestant ethic and spirit of America, Joseph Bottum

An anxious age : the Post-Protestant ethic and spirit of America, Joseph Bottum

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An anxious age : the Post-Protestant ethic and spirit of America
Title
An anxious age
Title remainder
the Post-Protestant ethic and spirit of America
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Joseph Bottum
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
We live in a profoundly spiritual age--but in a very strange way, different from every other moment of our history. Huge swaths of American culture are driven by manic spiritual anxiety and relentless supernatural worry. Radicals and traditionalists, liberals and conservatives, together with politicians, artists, environmentalists, followers of food fads, and the chattering classes of television commentators: America is filled with people frantically seeking confirmation of their own essential goodness. We are a nation desperate to stand on the side of morality--to know that we are righteous and dwell in the light. Or so Joseph Bottum argues in An Anxious Age, an account of modern America as a morality tale, formed by its spiritual disturbances. And the cause, he claims, is the most significant and least noticed historical fact of the last fifty years: the collapse of the Mainline Protestant churches that were the source of social consensus and cultural unity. Our dangerous spiritual anxieties, broken loose from the churches that once contained them, now madden everything in American life. Updating The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, Max Weber's sociological classic, An Anxious Age undertakes two case studies in contemporary social class, adrift in a nation without the religious understandings that gave it meaning. Looking at the college-educated elite he calls "The Poster Children," Bottum sees the post-Protestant heirs of the old Mainline Protestant domination of culture: dutiful descendants who claim the high social position of their Christian ancestors even while they reject their ancestors' Christianity. Turning to "The Swallows of Capistrano," the Catholics formed by the pontificate of John Paul II, Bottum evaluates the early victories--and later defeats--of the attempt to substitute Catholicism for the dying Mainline voice in public life. Sweeping across American intellectual and cultural history, An Anxious Age traces the course of national religion and warns about the strange angels and even stranger demons with which we now wrestle. Insightful and contrarian, wise and unexpected, An Anxious Age ranks among the great modern accounts of American culture. -- Provided by publisher
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Bottum, J
Dewey number
277.3/0825
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • United States
  • Christianity and politics
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An anxious age : the Post-Protestant ethic and spirit of America, Joseph Bottum
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
Contents
The poster children and the Protestant perplex -- The swallows of Capistrano and the Catholic conundrum
Control code
ocn150379178
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First Edition.
Extent
xxii, 296 pages
Isbn
9780385518819
Isbn Type
(hbk)
Lccn
2013037085
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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(OCoLC)150379178
Label
An anxious age : the Post-Protestant ethic and spirit of America, Joseph Bottum
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The poster children and the Protestant perplex -- The swallows of Capistrano and the Catholic conundrum
Control code
ocn150379178
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First Edition.
Extent
xxii, 296 pages
Isbn
9780385518819
Isbn Type
(hbk)
Lccn
2013037085
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)150379178

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