Holy Mavericks: Evangelical Innovators and the Spiritual Marketplace

Holy Mavericks: Evangelical Innovators and the Spiritual Marketplace

by Shayne Lee, Phillip Luke Sinitiere
     
 

Joel Osteen, Paula White, T. D. Jakes, Rick Warren, and Brian McLaren pastor some the largest churches in the nation, lead vast spiritual networks, write best-selling books, and are among the most influential preachers in American Protestantism today. Spurred by the phenomenal appeal of these religious innovators, sociologist Shayne Lee and historian Phillip Luke

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Joel Osteen, Paula White, T. D. Jakes, Rick Warren, and Brian McLaren pastor some the largest churches in the nation, lead vast spiritual networks, write best-selling books, and are among the most influential preachers in American Protestantism today. Spurred by the phenomenal appeal of these religious innovators, sociologist Shayne Lee and historian Phillip Luke Sinitiere investigate how they operate and how their style of religious expression fits into America’s cultural landscape. Drawing from the theory of religious economy, the authors offer new perspectives on evangelical leadership and key insights into why some religious movements thrive while others decline.

Holy Mavericks provides a useful overview of contemporary evangelicalism while emphasizing the importance of "supply-side thinking" in understanding shifts in American religion. It reveals how the Christian world hosts a culture of celebrity very similar to the secular realm, particularly in terms of marketing, branding, and publicity. Holy Mavericks reaffirms that religion is always in conversation with the larger society in which it is embedded, and that it is imperative to understand how those religious suppliers who are able to change with the times will outlast those who are not.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814752357
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
04/01/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments
1 Introduction
2 The “Negro Problem” and the “Yellow Peril”: Early Twentieth-Century America’s Views on Blacks and Asians
3 Estrangement on a Train: Race and Narratives of American Identity in The Marrow of Tradition and America through the Spectacles of an Oriental Diplomat
4 The Eaton Sisters Go to Jamaica
5 Quicksand and the Racial Aesthetics of Chinoiserie
6 Nation, Narration, and the Afro-Asian Encounter in W. E. B. DuBois’s Dark Princess and Younghill Kang’s East Goes West
7 Coda
Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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