Dreaming Of Eden: American Religion and Politics in a Wired World by S. ThistlethwaiteDreaming Of Eden: American Religion and Politics in a Wired World by S. Thistlethwaite

Dreaming Of Eden: American Religion and Politics in a Wired World

byS. Thistlethwaite

Hardcover | November 17, 2010

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In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were tempted to take a bite out of an apple that promised them the “knowledge of good and evil.” Today, a shiny apple with a bite out of it is the symbol of Apple Computers. The age of the Internet has speeded up human knowledge, and it also provides even more temptation to know more than may be good for us. Americans have been right at the forefront of the digital revolution, and we have felt its unsettling effects in both our religions and our politics. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite argues that we long to return to the innocence of the Garden of Eden and not be faced with countless digital choices. But returning to the innocence of Eden is dangerous in this modern age and, instead, we can become wiser about the wired world.

The Reverend Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, Ph.D., is Professor of Theology at the Chicago Theological Seminary and Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.  From June of 1998 until June of 2008, she served as the 11th President of Chicago Theological Seminary. Prior to the Presidency, she had been a Professor of Theology at C...
Title:Dreaming Of Eden: American Religion and Politics in a Wired WorldFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pagesPublished:November 17, 2010Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:023010780X

ISBN - 13:9780230107809


Table of Contents

Introduction: Taking a Big Byte out of a Wired World * PART I: DREAMING OF EDEN * Adam, Eve, and the Garden * Citizens Cain and Abel * PART II: THE DANGER OF INNOCENCE * Dangerous Innocence: Iraq and Torture * Dangerous Innocence: Financial Meltdown * Dangerous Innocence: Creation and Climate Change * PART III: A BETTER STORY * The Practice of Goodness * National Security: Wisdom Without Innocence * God Doesn’t Run Markets, People Do * Millennials: Green Without the Garden? * Conclusion: Wisdom Lessons from the “Fall”

Editorial Reviews

“Dreaming of Eden is a fascinating story about stories – how elemental religious narratives about human nature and lost innocence shape our politics and culture in a digital age. Rather than relying on ancient texts or church doctrine, Thistlethwaite explains how Americans today are creating a new ‘public theology’ to help find meaning in their lives and make decisions about complex political issues in a world of rapid-fire information and popular culture. Anyone interested in the intersection of religion, politics, and media will find much ‘wired wisdom’ in her new book.”--John D. Podesta, President and CEO of the Center for American Progress“This book is a powerful and prophetic work of public theology for our idolatrous times.  The myth of American innocence is not only childish – it also is dangerous!”--Cornel West, Princeton University; author of Race Matters and Keeping Faith: Philosophy and Race in America"The topic of Dreaming of Eden is important, and the author is a well-known theologian who has helped readers think through religio-political issues for some time. . . . The book's solid cultural contribution is the reread of the mythology of Eden through a contemporary media lens and the juxtaposition of political and social events with theological insights and media. . . . Summing up: Recommended." --CHOICE