Calgary Inter-Mennonite Church

American Jesus: How the Son of God Became a National Icon (Stephen Prothero)

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Several years ago I taught a course entitled “What a Trend We Have in Jesus” with this as one of the textbooks.  I will be revisiting some of the thoughts from that course here at CIM in the next month or two and decided to re-read the textbooks from the course. In this year of a carnival election process (minus the fun implied by the word ‘carnival’) it seems appropriate to revisit Prothero’s work.  In the introduction he says that “to hold Jesus up to the mirror of American culture is to conduct a Rorshach test of ever changing national sensibilities. What Americans have seen in him has usually been an expression of their own hopes and fears”.


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