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American Jesus: How the Son of God Became a National Icon

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

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    A balanced historical view of Christianity in America

    A very unbiased, balanced and thorough look at the historical place of religion (specifically Christianity) in the United States. If you are conservative Christian, hoping to read how the US is based on the Bible, this book will disappoint you; if you are a liberal atheist, hoping to uncover a religious conspiracy going back to the Founding Fathers, look elsewhere. Religion (or, more to the point, faith) has always had a place in US culture, but this book demonstrates that much of that place has historically been in the home, not in public. A thoughtful and informative view of a much-discussed topic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2004

    Great Book

    Amen to the above reviewer. This book is scholarly, interesting and just plain fun to read. The perspectives on Jesus from other American faiths is utterly fascinating and makes Prothero's points about the emergence of an 'American Jesus' compelling. A fascinating study of American religious culture.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2003

    Multireligious Jesus

    Well written, comprehensively researched, carefully argued, and just plain fun to read. This book explores not the 'real Jesus' but the 'American Jesus'--Jesus as he's been pictured and written about by revolutionaries like Thomas Jefferson, early evangelicals like Henry Ward Beecher, and novelists like Harriett Beecher Stowe. But the book ranges far beyond politicos and Christians to non-Christian lovers of Jesus, and into films and other forms of pop culture. The author does a terrific job holding back his own judgments about who Jesus really is, sticking to reporting (and analyzing) what other Americans have said about him. Just the ticket if you want to figure out why Americans are so obsessed with Jesus, and what their obsession says about America. Highly recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2013

    Awesome Book

    Awesome book! An excellent treatise on a very intriguing and complicated topic.

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