Magnificent Marvel Supersale
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    Interviews | March 10, 2015

    Shawn Donley: IMG Claire Fuller: The Powells.com Interview



    Claire FullerOur Endless Numbered Days tells the story of eight-year-old Peggy and her survivalist father, James, who inexplicably leave behind their London home... Continue »

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$7.95
List price: $17.00
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Beaverton Religion Western- American Religion

Head and Heart: A History of Christianity in America

by

Head and Heart: A History of Christianity in America Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

A landmark examination of Christianity's place in American life across the broad sweep of this country's history, from the Puritans to the presidential administration of George W. Bush. The struggle within American Christianity, Garry Wills argues, now and throughout our country's history, is between the head and the heart: between reason and emotion, Enlightenment and Evangelism. Why has this been so? How has the tension between the two poles played out, and with what consequences, over the past 400 years? How Christian is America, after all? Garry Wills brings a lifetime's worth of thought about these questions to bear on a magnificent historical reckoning that offers much needed perspective on some of the most contentious issues of our time. A religious revolution occurred in America in the 18th century, one that saw the emergence of an Enlightenment religious culture whose hallmarks were tolerance for other faiths and a belief that religion was a matter best divorced from political institutions-the proverbial separation of church and state. Wills shows us just how incredibly radical a departure this separation was: there was simply no precedent for it. To put this leap in perspective, Wills provides a grounding in the pre-Enlightenment religion that preceded it, beginning with the early Puritans. He then provides a thrillingly clear unpacking of the steps, particularly Madison's and Jefferson's, by which church-state separation was enshrined in the Constitution, and reveals the great irony of the efforts of today's Religious Right to blur the lines between the two. In fact, it is precisely that separation that has allowed religion in America to flourish since thedisestablishment of religion created a free market, as it were, and competition for souls led to the profusion of denominations across the length and breadth of the land. As Wills examines the key movements and personalities that have transformed America's religious landscape, we see again and again the same pattern emerge: a cooling of popular religious fervor followed by a grassroots explosion in evangelical activity, generally at a time of great social transformation and anxiety. But such forces inevitably go too far, provoking a backlash as is happening right now with the forces of Creationism and the anti-abortion fundamentalists. Garry Wills closes with a penetrating dissection of the Religious Right's current machinations and the threat they pose to the enlightened religion that has proved to be such a fertile and enduring force throughout American history. But in the end, Wills's abiding message is to be vigilant against the triumph of emotions over reason, but to know that the tension between the two is in fact necessary, inevitable, and unending.

Synopsis:

Wills brings a lifetimes worth of thought into his landmark examination of Christianity's place in American life, and highlights the struggle that has long existed between reason and emotion.

Synopsis:

Gary Wills has won significant acclaim for his bestselling works of religion and history. Here, for the first time, he combines both disciplines in a sweeping examination of Christianity in America throughout the last 400 years. Wills argues that the struggle now?as throughout our nation?s history?is between the head and the heart, reason and emotion, enlightenment and Evangelism. A landmark volume for anyone interested in either politics or religion, Head and Heart concludes that, while religion is a fertile and enduring force in American politics, the tension between the two is necessary, inevitable, and unending.

About the Author

Garry Wills is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of many acclaimed works on religion and American history. He is Professor of History Emeritus at Northwestern University.

Table of Contents

Head and Heart Key to Brief Citations

Introduction

PART ONE: PRE-ENLIGHTENMENT RELIGION

I. Puritans

1. Mary Dyer Must Die

2. The Puritan Psyche

3. The Puritan Conscience

4. The Puritan Intellect

II. Preludes to Enlightenment

5. Precursors: Samuel Sewall, Roger Williams

6. Spurt to Enlightenment: The Great Awakening

PART TWO: ENLIGHTENED RELIGION

III. Unitarians

7. Against the Awakening

8. Quakers

9. Deists

IV. Disestablishment

10. Beyond Tolerance

11. Jefferson's Statute

12. Madison's Remonstrance

13. First Amendment

15. Madisonian Separation

PART THREE: THE ROMANTIC ERA

V. Transcendentalism

15. Schism in New England

16. Emersonians

VI. Religion of the Heart

17. The Second Great Awakening

18. Schisms over Slavery

19. God of Battles

20. Religion in the Gilded Age

PART FOUR: CULTURE WARS

VII. Doomsday or Progress?

21. Second-Coming Theology

22. Second-Coming Politics

23. The Social Gospel

VIII. Reversals

24. Evangelicals Riding High

25. Evangelicals Brought Low

26. Religion in a Radical Time

IX. Euphoria

27. The Great Religious Truce

28. The Rights Revolution

29. Evangelicals Counterattack

X. The Karl Rove Era

30. Faith-Based Government

31. Ecunemical Karl

32. Life After Rove

Epilogue: Separation Not Suppression

Acknowledgments

Notes

Appendix I: Jefferson's Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom

Appendix II: Madison's Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143114079
Author:
Wills, Garry
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Christianity - History - General
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Christianity
Subject:
Religion, Politics & State
Subject:
Christianity-Church History General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20081031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
640
Dimensions:
8.38x5.46x1.40 in. 1.17 lbs.
Age Level:
18-17

Other books you might like

  1. The Last Straw (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #3)
    Used Hardcover $7.50
  2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid 02 Rodrick Rules Used Book Club Paperback $3.50
  3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
    Used Hardcover $7.95
  4. A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering... Used Mass Market $5.50
  5. This Republic of Suffering: Death...
    Sale Trade Paper $8.98

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » US History » General
Religion » Christianity » Church History » American
Religion » Christianity » Church History » General
Religion » Christianity » General
Religion » Western Religions » American Religion
Religion » Western Religions » Social and Political Issues

Head and Heart: A History of Christianity in America Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$7.95 In Stock
Product details 640 pages Penguin Books - English 9780143114079 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Wills brings a lifetimes worth of thought into his landmark examination of Christianity's place in American life, and highlights the struggle that has long existed between reason and emotion.
"Synopsis" by ,
Gary Wills has won significant acclaim for his bestselling works of religion and history. Here, for the first time, he combines both disciplines in a sweeping examination of Christianity in America throughout the last 400 years. Wills argues that the struggle now?as throughout our nation?s history?is between the head and the heart, reason and emotion, enlightenment and Evangelism. A landmark volume for anyone interested in either politics or religion, Head and Heart concludes that, while religion is a fertile and enduring force in American politics, the tension between the two is necessary, inevitable, and unending.

spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.