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Serving the Word: Literalism in America from the Pulpit to the Bench

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Brilliantly observed and persuasively argued, Serving the Word, now in paperback, is an unprecedented look at the prevalence of literalism and the unexpected forms it takes in modern America's religious and secular life.

Hailed as thoughtful [and] suggestive (The New York Review of Books), Serving the Word treats literalism as a modern belief system, analyzing its place in two seemingly contrasting fields: Christianity and the law. Moving from wealthy Angelenos who embrace starkly literal readings of the Bible to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's insisting on the narrowest interpretation of legal texts, leading anthropologist Vincent Crapanzano makes a persuasive claim that the attraction to literal certainty that we associate with fringe fanaticism is in fact deeply embedded in American culture.

This disturbing but important book (The Washington Post Book World) examines our society's very conception of the truth, and poses basic questions about the state of America's mind and soul.

Synopsis:

One of the country's leading anthropologists has written an extraordinary book examining the prevalence of fundamentalism and literalism and the unexpected forms they take in modern America, in both religious and secular life.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [383]-398) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781565844124
Author:
Crapanzano, Vincent
Publisher:
New Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Bible
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Legal History
Subject:
Law
Subject:
Sociology of Religion
Subject:
Fundamentalism
Subject:
Constitutional law
Subject:
Sociology of Religion x
Subject:
Constitutional law -- United States.
Subject:
Fundamentalism -- United States.
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Subject:
General Law
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
105-207
Publication Date:
20000131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
406
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 21 lb

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History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
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History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Culture
Religion » Christianity » Evangelism

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