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The New Measures: A Theological History of Democratic Practice
by Ted A. Smith
The New Measures: A Theological History of Democratic Practice brings thick cultural history to contemporary debates about religion and democracy. Combining histories of performance, space, institutions, and ideas, the book tells the story of the 'new measures' that circulated in the religious revivals of the 1820s and '30s. The book's attention to detail moves it beyond a ...more
Hardcover, 340 pages
Published April 30th 2007 by Cambridge University Press
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Aug 11, 2008 trickgnosis rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those interested in American History, the 19th century, theology, Adorno, Benjamin
The New Measures manifests its construction by design. A neat hybrid, it crosses academic genres and disciplines skillfully while avoiding all the usual excesses of academic writing. It's clear and cogent, and shit, it's even a fun read and full of great stories. Can't remember the last time I could say that about an academic book. It's got a theological argument to make but it keeps the actual theologizing to a minimum, making its case humbly and gracefully.