Displacing the Divine

Displacing the Divine

The Minister in the Mirror of American Fiction

eBook - 2010
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As religious leaders, ministers are often assumed to embody the faith of the institution they represent. As cultural symbols, they reflect subtle changes in society and belief-specifically people's perception of God and the evolving role of the church. For more than forty years, Douglas Alan Walrath has tracked changing patterns of belief and church participation in American society, and his research has revealed a particularly fascinating trend: portrayals of ministers in American fiction mirror changing perceptions of the Protestant church and a Protestant God. From the novels.
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 2010
ISBN: 9780231521802
0231521804
9780231151061
0231151063
Characteristics: 1 online resource (399 pages)
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