On new churches-

While we are reading about prosperity gospel and preachers as celebrity- here is something that popped up in my news feed: http://www.vice.com/read/andrew-keegan-started-a-new-religion-814 I think my favorite line in the entire article is how celebrities have become gods. Maybe this is the new trend, instead of preachers gaining prosperity through television maybe we are turning the…

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Hollinger Frustrations

A collection of essays rather than a single overarching narrative, David Hollinger’s After Cloven Tongues of Fire is quite different from the other books we have seen this semester. However, it is immediately obvious that After Cloven Tongues of Fire is simply ten very separate essays with an introduction and conclusion taped on, and it…

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Contentious Spirits, Dwarf Japanese, and Bastard Pigs

In Contentious Spirits David Yoo presents a concise and well-crafted social, political, and cultural history of the paradoxes of race, religion and identity as Korean agricultural laborers, student-laborers, and exiles migrate to Hawaii and California during the first half of the twentieth century. Yoo, a professor of Asian American Studies and Director of the Asian…

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McGreevy Parish Boundaries

John McGreevy Parish Boundaries- the Catholic Encounter with Race in the Twentieth Century Urban North, is a well-researched and documented book about the continuous conflicting struggle between migrating African Americans from south into white urban Catholic neighborhoods. His book focuses on the major cities of New York, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia and Boston. The period in…

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The Klan and Print Media

In the book, The Gospel According to the Klan: The KKK’s Appeal to Protestant America, 1915-1930, Kelly J. Baker explores some of the more obscure and popularly unknown components of the Ku Klux Klan. She argues that the Klan is “part and parcel” of the social history of our nation. As such, the organization deserves…

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