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The Art of the Public Grovel: Sexual Sin and Public Confession in America

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Whether you are a politician caught carrying on with an intern or a minister photographed with a prostitute, discovery does not necessarily spell the end of your public career. Admit your sins carefully, using the essential elements of an evangelical confession identified by Susan Wise Bauer in The Art of the Public Grovel, and you, like Bill Clinton, just might survive.

In this fascinating and important history of public confession in modern America, Bauer explains why and how a type of confession that first arose among nineteenth-century evangelicals has today become the required form for any successful public admission of wrongdoing--even when the wrongdoer has no connection with evangelicalism and the context is thoroughly secular. She shows how Protestant revivalism, group psychotherapy, and the advent of talk TV combined to turn evangelical-style confession into a mainstream secular rite. Those who master the form--Bill Clinton, Jimmy Swaggart, David Vitter, and Ted Haggard--have a chance of surviving and even thriving, while those who don't--Ted Kennedy, Jim Bakker, Cardinal Bernard Law, Mark Foley, and Eliot Spitzer--will never really recover.

Revealing the rhetoric, theology, and history that lie behind every successful public plea for forgiveness, The Art of the Public Grovel will interest anyone who has ever wondered why Clinton is still popular while Bakker fell out of public view, Ted Kennedy never got to be president, and Law moved to Rome.

Synopsis:

In this fascinating and important history of public confession in modern America, Bauer explains why and how a type of confession that first arose among 19th-century evangelicals has today become the required form for any successful public admission of wrongdoing.

Synopsis:

"Interesting, well-written, and well-researched, this book should have wide appeal. Who doesn't want to read about sex and confession and how the mighty fall and, in some cases, get up again?"--Stephen Prothero, author of Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know--and Doesn't

"This very fine book will enrich and deepen the conversation about religion and public life in America. Bauer writes clearly and vividly and she balances good storytelling with sound scholarship."--Alan Jacobs, author of Original Sin: A Cultural History

Synopsis:

Whether you are a politician caught carrying on with an intern or a minister photographed with a prostitute, discovery does not necessarily spell the end of your public career. Admit your sins carefully, using the essential elements of an evangelical confession identified by Susan Wise Bauer in The Art of the Public Grovel, and you, like Bill Clinton, just might survive.

In this fascinating and important history of public confession in modern America, Bauer explains why and how a type of confession that first arose among nineteenth-century evangelicals has today become the required form for any successful public admission of wrongdoing--even when the wrongdoer has no connection with evangelicalism and the context is thoroughly secular. She shows how Protestant revivalism, group psychotherapy, and the advent of talk TV combined to turn evangelical-style confession into a mainstream secular rite. Those who master the form--Bill Clinton, Jimmy Swaggart, David Vitter, and Ted Haggard--have a chance of surviving and even thriving, while those who don't--Ted Kennedy, Jim Bakker, Cardinal Bernard Law, Mark Foley, and Eliot Spitzer--will never really recover.

Revealing the rhetoric, theology, and history that lie behind every successful public plea for forgiveness, The Art of the Public Grovel will interest anyone who has ever wondered why Clinton is still popular while Bakker fell out of public view, Ted Kennedy never got to be president, and Law moved to Rome.

About the Author

Susan Wise Bauer is the author of "The History of the Ancient World" (Norton), the first part of a four-volume history of the world. Her other books include "The Well-Trained Mind" and "The Well-Educated Mind" (both Norton). She holds a PhD in American studies from the College of William and Mary.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Acknowledgements xi

Introduction: From Private to Public Confession 1

Part I: The Shift toward Public Confession

Chapter 1: Grover the Good, Belshazzar Blaine, and the Rapacious Woman 11

Chapter 2: In the Presence of the Elect (With the World Looking On) 22

Chapter 3: Aimee Sample McPherson and the Devil 38

Chapter 4: Confession Goes Public 56

Chapter 5: Ted Kennedy Misreads His Public 76

Part II: The Age of Public Confession

Chapter 6: Jimmy Carter, Traitor to the Cause 97

Chapter 7: Jim Bakker Shoots His Allies 115

Chapter 8: Jimmy Swaggart's Model Confession 143

Chapter 9: Clinton and the Three Public Confessions 152

Chapter 10: Unaware of Change 183

Conclusion: Predictions 207

Appendixes: The Texts of the Confessions

Appendix A: Edward Kennedy's Confession 221

Appendix B: Jimmy Carter's Confession of "Lust in My Heart" 225

Appendix C: Jim Bakker's Original Confession 228

Appendix D: Jimmy Swaggart's Sermon of Confession 235

Appendix E: President Clinton's Statements and Confessions 240

Appendix F: Bernard Law's Apologies 265

Notes 287

Works Cited 315

Permissions for the Texts 323

Index 325

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691138107
Author:
Bauer, Susan Wise
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Author:
Bauer, S. Wise
Location:
Princeton
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
History
Subject:
General
Subject:
Sexuality
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Political Science and International Relations
Subject:
American history
Subject:
Sex scandals - United States - History
Subject:
Politicians - Sexual behavior -
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
October 2008
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 halftones.
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , In this fascinating and important history of public confession in modern America, Bauer explains why and how a type of confession that first arose among 19th-century evangelicals has today become the required form for any successful public admission of wrongdoing.
"Synopsis" by , "Interesting, well-written, and well-researched, this book should have wide appeal. Who doesn't want to read about sex and confession and how the mighty fall and, in some cases, get up again?"--Stephen Prothero, author of Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know--and Doesn't

"This very fine book will enrich and deepen the conversation about religion and public life in America. Bauer writes clearly and vividly and she balances good storytelling with sound scholarship."--Alan Jacobs, author of Original Sin: A Cultural History

"Synopsis" by , Whether you are a politician caught carrying on with an intern or a minister photographed with a prostitute, discovery does not necessarily spell the end of your public career. Admit your sins carefully, using the essential elements of an evangelical confession identified by Susan Wise Bauer in The Art of the Public Grovel, and you, like Bill Clinton, just might survive.

In this fascinating and important history of public confession in modern America, Bauer explains why and how a type of confession that first arose among nineteenth-century evangelicals has today become the required form for any successful public admission of wrongdoing--even when the wrongdoer has no connection with evangelicalism and the context is thoroughly secular. She shows how Protestant revivalism, group psychotherapy, and the advent of talk TV combined to turn evangelical-style confession into a mainstream secular rite. Those who master the form--Bill Clinton, Jimmy Swaggart, David Vitter, and Ted Haggard--have a chance of surviving and even thriving, while those who don't--Ted Kennedy, Jim Bakker, Cardinal Bernard Law, Mark Foley, and Eliot Spitzer--will never really recover.

Revealing the rhetoric, theology, and history that lie behind every successful public plea for forgiveness, The Art of the Public Grovel will interest anyone who has ever wondered why Clinton is still popular while Bakker fell out of public view, Ted Kennedy never got to be president, and Law moved to Rome.

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