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The Megachurch And The Mainline

Author: Stephen Ellingson
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226204928
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Religious traditions provide the stories and rituals that define the core values of church members. Yet modern life in America can make those customs seem undesirable, even impractical. As a result, many congregations refashion church traditions so they may remain powerful and salient. How do these transformations occur? How do clergy and worshipers negotiate which aspects should be preserved or discarded? Focusing on the innovations of several mainline Protestant churches in the San Francisco Bay Area, Stephen Ellingson’s The Megachurch and the Mainline provides new understandings of the transformation of spiritual traditions. For Ellingson, these particular congregations typify a new type of Lutheranism—one which combines the evangelical approaches that are embodied in the growing legion of megachurches with American society’s emphasis on pragmatism and consumerism. Here Ellingson provides vivid descriptions of congregations as they sacrifice hymns in favor of rock music and scrap traditional white robes and stoles for Hawaiian shirts, while also making readers aware of the long history of similar attempts to Americanize the Lutheran tradition. This is an important examination of a religion in flux—one that speaks to the growing popularity of evangelicalism in America.

Handbuch Religionssoziologie

Author: Detlef Pollack
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3531189247
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Das Handbuch Religionssoziologie bietet einen umfassenden Überblick über den Stand der Forschung sowie über Weite und Relevanz des Forschungsfeldes. Die Herausgeber Prof. Dr. Detlef Pollack und Dr. Olaf Müller sind an der Universität Münster tätig. Prof. Dr. Volkhard Krech ist Leiter des Internationalen Kollegs für Geisteswissenschaftliche Forschung zum Thema „Dynamiken der Religionsgeschichte zwischen Asien und Europa“ an der RUB Bochum. Dr. Markus Hero ist am Institut für Transdisziplinäre Sozialwissenschaft an der PH Karlsruhe tätig.

Sensational Devotion

Author: Jill Stevenson
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 0472118730
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How evangelical theme parks, museums, and other performance sites both reflect and create religious belief

Religion And The Marketplace In The United States

Author: Jan Stievermann
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190266570
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Alexis de Tocqueville once described the national character of Americans as one question insistently asked: "How much money will it bring in?" G.K. Chesterton, a century later, described America as a "nation with a soul of a church." At first glance, the two observations might appear to be diametrically opposed, but this volume shows the ways in which American religion and American business overlap and interact with one another, defining the US in terms of religion, and religion in terms of economics. Bringing together original contributions by leading experts and rising scholars from both America and Europe, the volume pushes this field of study forward by examining the ways religions and markets in relationship can provide powerful insights and open unseen aspects into both. In essays ranging from colonial American mercantilism to modern megachurches, from literary markets to popular festivals, the authors explore how religious behavior is shaped by commerce, and how commercial practices are informed by religion. By focusing on what historians often use off-handedly as a metaphor or analogy, the volume offers new insights into three varieties of relationships: religion and the marketplace, religion in the marketplace, and religion as the marketplace. Using these categories, the contributors test the assumptions scholars have come to hold, and offer deeper insights into religion and the marketplace in America.

Inspiration And Innovation

Author: Todd M. Kerstetter
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118848322
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Covering more than 200 years of history from pre-contact to the present, this textbook places religion at the center of the history of the American West, examining the relationship between religion and the region and their influence on one another. A comprehensive examination of the relationship between religion and the American West and their influence on each other over the course of more than 200 years Discusses diverse groups of people, places, and events that played an important historical role, from organized religion and easily recognized denominations to unorganized religion and cults Provides straightforward explanations of key religious and theological terms and concepts Weaves discussion of American Indian religion throughout the text and presents it in dialogue with other groups Enriches our understanding of American history by examining key factors outside of traditional political, economic, social, and cultural domains

The Commercial Church

Author: Mary Hinton
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This book provides an accessible exploration of religious education and theology in the historic black church. The book then looks at two mega churches to determine their ecclesial structure and whether they are continuing the legacy and what the implications of their breach is for the US religious landscape.

Black Megachurch Culture

Author: Sandra L. Barnes
Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Inc
ISBN: 9781433109089
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This book identifies how church cultural components are created, developed, and used to educate and empower adherents, and whether and how these tools are associated with the historic Black Church. The book is particularly interested in how large Black congregations, megachurches, use rituals found in worship, theology, racial beliefs, programmatic efforts, and other tools from their cultural repertoire to instruct congregants to model success in word and deed. The book's findings illustrate that Black megachurches strive to model success on various fronts by tapping into effective historic Black Church tools and creating cultural kits that foster excitement, expectation, and entitlement.

Mediating Eternity

Author: Erica Reyna Robles
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"This dissertation provides an empirical account of the connection between megachurch aesthetics and the broader cultural movement towards mediated social life. It takes as its object a pioneering and influential megachurch and media ministry, the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California (1955-present). By tracing the ministry's formation through three distinct iterations--drive-in church (1955-1961), walk-in/drive-in/television church (1962-1980), and monumental media-space (1980-present)--I will show how the production of the megachurch helped legitimate the conditions of increasingly networked social life by structuring experience from a sacred point of view"--Leaf 3.