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The Word and Its Witness: The Spiritualization of American Realism
     

The Word and Its Witness: The Spiritualization of American Realism

by Gregory S. Jackson
 

ISBN-10: 0226390039

ISBN-13: 9780226390031

Pub. Date: 03/15/2009

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

In this groundbreaking study, Gregory S. Jackson explores the history of evangelical culture that began during the Great Awakening, revealing its profound impact on the development of media in America. With remarkable scope and insights into the interplay between religion, secularism, and politics, The Word and Its Witness will transform the way we understand American

Overview

In this groundbreaking study, Gregory S. Jackson explores the history of evangelical culture that began during the Great Awakening, revealing its profound impact on the development of media in America. With remarkable scope and insights into the interplay between religion, secularism, and politics, The Word and Its Witness will transform the way we understand American realism and American religion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226390031
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
03/15/2009
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction Spiritual Realism and the Work of Homiletic Narrative 1

Homiletic Realism and the Forms of Fiction 6

Babes in Christ 14

Homiletic Patterns 22

Visualizing the Word 26

American Homiletic Realism 31

Chapter 1 Hell's Plot: The Hermeneutic of Fear 37

Hell on Earth: The Seventeenth Century 43

The Return of Volition 47

Eighteenth-Century Puritan Medievalism 53

Lockean Epistemology: Homiletic Realism as Inoculation Theology 56

Children's Spiritual Aptitude 61

Sensational Savagery 70

The Word Made Flesh: Personalizing Hell 75

Chapter 2 Personalizing Progress: Spiritual Masterplots and Templates of Redemption 89

Interested Reading: The Christian Pattern 94

Everyman's Spiritual Biography: The Pilgrim's Progress 104

Journeying to Jerusalem: Pilgrimages Old and New 116

Homiletic Fiction and the Novelization of Progress 125

Narrative Incrementalism 133

Bifurcated Time 143

The Novelization of Christian Duty 151

Chapter 3 "What Would Jesus Do?" Practical Christianity, Social Gospel Realism, and the Homiletic Novel 157

Homiletic Experiences 165

Who Was Jesus? 173

Homiletic Audiences 189

Enacting Allegory 201

Chapter 4 Cultivating Spiritual Sight: Jacob Riis's Virtual-Tour Narrative and the Visual Modernization of Protestant Homiletics 215

Homiletic Theory in Social Gospel Reform 222

Homiletic Allegory and the Architectural Frame 231

The Interactive Text 249

The Timeless Flash of Light: The Spiritual Realism of Photography 257

Epilogue The New Media of Homiletic Realism 277

Notes 285

Bibliography 363

Index 391

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