Preacher: Billy Sunday and Big-Time American Evangelism

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"In this account of Billy Sunday's life, Roger A. Bruns masterfully unfolds the story of modern evangelism." "Born in Iowa during the Civil War, Sunday rose to fame as the "fastest man in baseball" during his career with the Chicago White Stockings in the 1880s. But he turned his back on the game when he heard the call of God, first spreading his old-fashioned, fundamentalist message in Chicago's gritty saloons." "By 1896, Sunday's swashbuckling campaign was on the road. He riled and rallied audiences across the country, firing off a slew of
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"In this account of Billy Sunday's life, Roger A. Bruns masterfully unfolds the story of modern evangelism." "Born in Iowa during the Civil War, Sunday rose to fame as the "fastest man in baseball" during his career with the Chicago White Stockings in the 1880s. But he turned his back on the game when he heard the call of God, first spreading his old-fashioned, fundamentalist message in Chicago's gritty saloons." "By 1896, Sunday's swashbuckling campaign was on the road. He riled and rallied audiences across the country, firing off a slew of railing diatribes in his quest to expurgate the moral rot of society, board up bars and brothels, rid the world of cigarettes and dime novels, and save faithless, sinful, and rum-soaked souls from eternal damnation." "In the tabernacles and tents of his traveling revival, Sunday served up a spectacle of rambunctious antics and quick-tongued invectives all grounded in his own moral and religious authority. He beseeched the "fal-da-rol" and "tommyrot" displayed by intellectuals, evolutionists, Unitarians, and left-wing radicals to build a massive religious dynasty that foreshadowed the successful careers of Jimmy Swaggart and Billy Graham." A stirring orator and consummate showman, Sunday's evangelical message reached millions of Americans, even before the advent of radio and television broadcasting. With unerring verve, Bruns chronicles how Sunday bridged the gap between the tent revivals of the nineteenth century and the evangelical empires of today.

At the height of his evangelical power, evangelist Billy Sunday was a figure of awe and legend, drawing crowds of 20,000 or more, day after day. In this scholarly and entertaining biography, Bruns examines the Sunday phenomenon both in the light of the roots of the evangelism and the emergence of America's religious industry.

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In this detailed, diverting study of the life and work of evangelist Sunday (1862-1935), Bruns ( Knights of the Road: A Hobo History ) tells how the son of a poor Iowa family bettered himself by becoming a successful professional baseball player until turning to revivalist preaching after a religious conversion. With his wife Nell as business manager, Sunday then crisscrossed the U.S. for 40 years, energetically preaching a fire-and-brimstone message that promised damnation to anyone who did not accept Jesus Christ and reject sin, alcohol and Communism. A creationist, he also publicly denounced Clarence Darrow and H. L. Mencken from the pulpit. As the author points out, Sunday, though sincere and not personally corrupt, found the business of saving souls to be financially rewarding and so served as inspiration for today's televangelists. Photos not seen by PW. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252070754
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 1,197,459
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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