The Cultural Economy of American Christianity

James Davison Hunter

in To Change the World

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780199730803
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199777082 | DOI:
The Cultural Economy of American Christianity

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The actual vitality of American Christianity’s cultural capital today resides almost exclusively among average people in the pew rather than those in leadership, on the periphery not the center of cultural production, in tastes that run to the popular rather than the exceptional, the middle brow rather than the high brow, and almost always toward the practical as opposed to the theoretical or the imaginative. The collective impact of the Christian community of the nature and direction of the culture itself is negligible. They have been absent from the arenas in which the greatest influence in culture is exerted.

Keywords: faith-based pressure groups; philanthropy; foundations; cultural capital; cultural production; anti-intellectualism; fragmentation; acculturation

Chapter.  5411 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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