Bible-Carrying Christians: Conservative Protestants and Social Power

Hardcover | March 15, 2002

byDavid Harrington Watt

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In the United States, there are hundreds of thousands of Protestant churches whose members habitually carry their Bibles with them. These churches--often referred to as "evangelical" or "fundamentalist"--play a crucial role in shaping American society. In this book, David Watt draws on yearsof fieldwork to present an elegant reinterpretation of the way that conservative Protestants influence American politics and culture. At the heart of the book is a sympathetic, but far from uncritical, analysis of those forms of social power that are assumed to be natural among Bible-carryingChristians. While outsiders often presuppose that evangelical Christians take for granted the authority of certain institutions (among them the American state, corporations, ministers, men, and heterosexuals), Watt argues that the reality is far more complex. This is a concise and lively book thatsheds new light on the way that Bible-carrying Christians influence the way that people in America think--and avoid thinking--about social power.

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In the United States, there are hundreds of thousands of Protestant churches whose members habitually carry their Bibles with them. These churches--often referred to as "evangelical" or "fundamentalist"--play a crucial role in shaping American society. In this book, David Watt draws on yearsof fieldwork to present an elegant reinterpre...

David Harrington Watt is at Temple University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:176 pages, 5.71 × 8.31 × 0.98 inPublished:March 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195068343

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Table of Contents

1. Fieldwork2. Philadelphia3. Social Power4. Oak Grove Church5. The Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship6. The Philadelphia Church of ChristConclusionAppendixBibliographyIndex

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"David Watt's intensely personal engagement with bible-carrying Christians transforms our understanding of their churches by his sensitive exploration of the diverse ways in which these groups understand and make use of the Bible. His book illuminates brilliantly the vital issues ofpatriarchy, feminism, gender, sexuality, and politics in these very different contexts."--Philip Greven, author of Spare the Child