Cover

pdf iconDownload PDF
 

Frontmatter

pdf iconDownload PDF
 

Table of Contents

pdf iconDownload PDF

p. xvii

read more

Preface

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. ix-xiv

My maternal grandmother, who tried to teach me manners, would surely be scandalized to know that I have written a book about religion, politics, and gender. Raised the daughter of Danish immigrants in Lincoln, Nebraska, my grandmother learned to put aside such controversial topics so that she could blend into the community, and she encouraged me to do the same. ...

read more

1 Christian Media, Gender, and Civic Participation

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 1-28

If you listened to one set of doomsayers at the close of the twentieth century, it seemed that the once-robust American tradition of civic participation had atrophied. Robert Putnam’s “Bowling Alone” thesis sounded the alarm: Americans had ceased to volunteer, support charities, and join community organizations—at least at levels rivaling previous generations.1 ...

read more

2 Genteel Masculinity, the Prophetic Posture, and Legislative Politics

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 29-56

Following the 2004 election, journalistic narratives made religious influence in electoral politics seem simple: Christian beliefs translate naturally into political platforms that translate naturally into electoral votes. The remarkable backlash that greeted the “values voters” and their evangelical leaders ...

read more

3 Violence, Suffering, and Feminine Submission

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 57-85

In April 2004, Time magazine’s Holy Week cover story posed the question that Christians have disputed for centuries: “Why did Jesus die?” Ever an appropriate question in the days approaching Easter, it was especially salient that spring amidst The Passion of the Christ’s blockbuster cinematic run. ...

read more

4 Brutish Masculinity and the War on Evil

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 87-119

As the year 2000 approached, Americans succumbed to millennial fever. Whether the new millennium would technically dawn at the advent of 2000 or 2001, Americans could not deny that they were possibly facing the end of civilization or the beginning of a new era in human history. The Y2K computer glitch was just one popular framework ...

read more

5 Feminine Charity, Secular Salvation, and Social Reform

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 121-153

It is surely no more than coincidence that the television family drama 7th Heaven premiered in 1996, the same year that the U.S. Congress passed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act. Yet this coincidence is remarkable. Dismantling the federal welfare bureaucracy and making it harder for families to acquire welfare benefits ...

read more

6 Biology, Heterosexuality, and the Privatization of Faithfulness

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 155-179

In their varied ways, Amazing Grace, The Passion of the Christ, Left Behind, and 7th Heaven all depict faithful Christians engaged in the public lives of their communities. These Christians participate in a democratic legislative process, they gather in the public square to witness the public execution of a perceived criminal, they mobilize a global army, and they contribute ...

read more

7 The Limits and Possibilities of Faith-Based Civic Participation

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 181-204

The Christian-themed media texts popular at the turn of the twenty-first century—not only Left Behind, 7th Heaven, The Passion of the Christ, The Da Vinci Code, and Amazing Grace, but also the dozens of other books, films, and television shows produced in that time period—earned their places in the national consciousness because ...

Notes

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 205-245

References

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 247-261

Index

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 263-271