A Semple Mistake

S. M. Hutchens on Misplaced Adoration & the Cult of Personality

In last January’s Touchstone I wrote a positive review of Matthew Avery Sutton’s prizewinning Aimee Semple McPherson and the Resurrection of Christian America. This book, written by a cultural historian, impressed me (and many other reviewers) as fair and nicely rounded, doing a particularly good job of drawing the evangelist and founder of the Foursquare Churches in the context of her place and times, and giving a critical but sympathetic view of Sister Aimee herself.

Sexual Contexts

The book came up once again for discussion when another review, this one published . . .

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S. M. Hutchens is a senior editor.

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