God's Man for the Gilded Age

God's Man for the Gilded Age

Author: Bruce J. Evensen

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780195162448

Category: Religion

Page: 239

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At his death on the eve of the 20th century, D.L. Moody was widely recognized as one of the most beloved and important of men in 19th-century America. A Chicago shoe salesman with a fourth grade education, Moody rose from obscurity to become God's man for the Gilded Age. He was the Billy Graham of his day--indeed it could be said that Moody invented the system of evangelism that Graham inherited and perfected. Bruce J. Evensen focuses on the pivotal years during which Moody established his reputation on both sides of the Atlantic through a series of highly popular and publicized campaigns. In four short years Moody forged the bond between revivalism and the mass media that persists to this day. Beginning in Britain in 1873 and extending across America's urban landscape, first in Brooklyn and then in Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, and Boston, Moody used the power of prayer and publicity to stage citywide crusades that became civic spectacles. Modern newspapers, in the grip of economic depression, needed a story to stimulate circulation and found it in Moody's momentous mission. The evangelist and the press used one another in creating a sense of civic excitement that manufactured the largest crowds in municipal history. Critics claimed this machinery of revival was man-made. Moody's view was that he'd rather advertise than preach to empty pews. He brought a businessman's common sense to revival work and became, much against his will, a celebrity evangelist. The press in city after city made him the star of the show and helped transform his religious stage into a communal entertainment of unprecedented proportions. In chronicling Moody's use of the press and their use of him, Evensen sheds new light on a crucial chapter in the history of evangelicalism and demonstrates how popular religion helped form our modern media culture.

Major Problems in the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era

Major Problems in the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era

Author: Leon Fink

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin College Division

ISBN: UOM:39015056493805

Category: Social Science

Page: 485

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Designed for courses in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, the rise of industrial America, and late 19th and early 20th century U.S. history. Follows the highly successful Major Problems format, allowing students to evaluate primary sources, test interpretations and draw their own conclusions.

God and Man in the Law

God and Man in the Law

Author: Robert Lowry Clinton

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015040625512

Category: Philosophy

Page: 293

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In a wide-ranging study based on legal history, political theory, and philosophical ideas going all the way back to Plato and Roman law, Robert Clinton challenges current faith in an activist judiciary. Claiming that a human-centered Constitution leads to government by reductive moral theory and illegitimate judicial review, he advocates a return to traditional jurisprudence and a God-centered Constitution grounded in English common law and its precedents.

The Media and Religion in American History

The Media and Religion in American History

Author: William David Sloan

Publisher: Vision Press (NM)

ISBN: STANFORD:36105112314377

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 324

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One of the most common misconceptions about the history of mass communication is that the media and religion have always been natural enemies. Contrary to that popular notion, religion has played a prominent role throughout the history of America's mass media. It was integral to the founding and development of the media during the formative stages, and much of the essential character of the media has religious underpinnings.

America, History and Life

America, History and Life

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105131533668

Category: Canada

Page: 750

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Article abstracts and citations of reviews and dissertations covering the United States and Canada.