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Jesus in America: Personal Savior, Cultural Hero, National Obsession

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Where else but America do people ask: What Would Jesus Do?
What Would Jesus Drive?
What Would Jesus Eat?

"This book is for believers and non-believers alike. It is not a book about whether one should believe in Jesus, but about how Americans have believed in and portrayed him." -- from the Introduction

Jesus in America is a comprehensive exploration of the vital role that the
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Hardcover, 496 pages
Published February 17th 2004 by HarperOne (first published 2004)
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Ray
Jan 17, 2008 Ray rated it liked it
"In all likelihood, Jesus is permanently layered into the American cultural soil. Yet his identity is elastic. There is no single Jesus, in America or anywhere else," he writes.

This isn't the best church history I've read. In fact it took me awhile to fall in love with it. His humility and lack of stuffinss kept me reading. But about a third of the way through he got me. It is an impressionist work , so I'll give it a similarly disjointed, impresisonistic review. Some random highlights for me:
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Steven Williams
Defintiely a good book. It was rich in both deatial and scope. I appreciated Fox's approach as a neutral observer of our countries christian beliefs without pressing belief or unbelief. I think I would like to read his book Reinhold Niebuhr.
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Feb 29, 2016 Al rated it liked it
A history of Jesus in America from the time of the earliest European explorers to the present. The author presents a view of how Jesus has been a fundamental part of the many different Christian religions as well as Jesus as a cultural hero.
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Richard Wightman Fox is a professor of history at the University of Southern California and the author of Jesus in America and Trials of Intimacy, among other books. He lives in Venice, California.
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