American idol

For Stephen Prothero and Richard Wightman Fox, the bad news is that they each published a book about Jesus and American culture at roughly the same time (calling to mind the 1981 contemporaneous publication of books on sexual mores in 19th-century utopian movements, authored by Louis J. Kern and Lawrence Foster). The good news is that both Jesus in America and American Jesus appeared amid the media frenzy over the portrayal of Jesus in Mel Gibson’s film The Passion of the Christ.


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