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 Catholicism (the Anglo-Catholics). Elites often try to impose a revolution from above, whether . . .
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Leon J. Podles holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia and has worked as a teacher and a federal investigator. He is the author of The Church Impotent: The Feminization of Christianity and the forthcoming License to Sin (both from Spence Publishing). Dr. Podles and his wife have six children and live in Naples, Florida. He is a senior editor of Touchstone.
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