Gospel Marketplace by Leon J. Podles


Gospel Marketplace

American Christianity: The Continuing Revolution
by Stephen Cox

University of Texas Press, 2014
(268 pages, $26.95, hardcover)

reviewed by Leon J. Podles

Cox linkens American spirituality to an underground oilfield. Drillers never know whether they will have a dry well or a gusher. Americans also are always trying to return to that Old Time Religion (which never really existed as they imagine it) but with the use of modern methods. Americans are strongly revivalist, although what they try to revive may range from the visits of Jesus to America (the Mormons) to medieval Cath . . .