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Author Sutton, Matthew Avery, 1975-

Title Aimee Semple McPherson and the resurrection of Christian America / Matthew Avery Sutton
Published Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2007
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Description 1 online resource (351 pages, 40 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations
Contents Prologue -- Faith in the City of Angels -- The Foursquare Gospel -- Marketing the old-time religion -- Kidnapping the bride of Christ -- Unraveling the mystery -- Wilderness wanderings -- The long road back to Pentecost -- Searching for Christian America -- Remaking the city on the hill -- Epilogue
Summary Americans have long sought to integrate faith with politics, but few have been as successful as Hollywood evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson. In the 1920s and 1930s, she was the most flamboyant and controversial minister in the United States. She built an enormously successful and innovative megachurch, established a mass media empire, and produced theatrical sermons that rivaled Tinseltown's spectacular shows. As McPherson's power grew, she moved into the realm of politics, launching a national crusade to fight the teaching of evolution, defend Prohibition, and resurrect what she believed was the United States' Christian heritage. Historian Sutton reveals the woman as a pioneer. Her life marked the beginning of Pentecostalism's advance from the margins to the mainstream of American culture. Indeed, from her location in Hollywood, McPherson's integration of politics with faith set precedents for the Religious Right, while her celebrity status, use of spectacle, and mass media savvy came to define modern evangelicalism.--From publisher description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 283-336) and index
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Subject McPherson, Aimee Semple, 1890-1944.
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel -- Clergy -- Biography.
Evangelists -- United States -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0674027035 (electronic bk.)
9780674027039 (electronic bk.)
(alk. paper)
(alk. paper)