Joseph Bottum's An Anxious Age: The Post-Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of PDF

By Joseph Bottum

ISBN-10: 0385518811

ISBN-13: 9780385518819

we are living in a profoundly non secular age--but in a truly unusual means, diverse from another second of our historical past. large swaths of yank tradition are pushed via manic religious nervousness and constant supernatural fear. Radicals and traditionalists, liberals and conservatives, including politicians, artists, environmentalists, fans of nutrients fads, and the chattering sessions of tv commentators: the US is full of humans frantically looking affirmation in their personal crucial goodness. we're a country eager to stand at the facet of morality--to comprehend that we're righteous and reside within the light.

Or so Joseph Bottum argues in An worried Age, an account of recent the United States as a morality story, shaped by way of its religious disturbances. And the reason, he claims, is the main major and least spotted historic truth of the final fifty years: the cave in of the Mainline Protestant church buildings that have been the resource of social consensus and cultural team spirit. Our harmful religious anxieties, damaged unfastened from the church buildings that after contained them, now madden
everything in American life.

Updating The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, Max Weber's sociological vintage, An apprehensive Age undertakes case stories in modern social category, adrift in a kingdom with out the spiritual understandings that gave it which means. taking a look at the college-educated elite he calls "The Poster Children," Bottum sees the post-Protestant heirs of the previous Mainline Protestant domination of tradition: dutiful descendants who declare the excessive social place in their Christian ancestors even whereas they reject their ancestors' Christianity. Turning to "The Swallows of Capistrano," the Catholics shaped by means of the hold forth of John Paul II, Bottum evaluates the early victories--and later defeats--of the try and replacement Catholicism for the demise Mainline voice in public life.

Sweeping throughout American highbrow and cultural historical past, An fearful Age lines the process nationwide faith and warns in regards to the unusual angels or even stranger demons with which we now combat. Insightful and contrarian, clever and unforeseen, An worried Age ranks one of the nice sleek debts of yankee culture.

Praise for Joseph Bottum and An fearful Age:

 "An nervous Age is certain to be considered as a vintage of yank sociology--not basically as a result of its immense wisdom of old evidence and personalities, its intensity and a number of layers of that means, but additionally as a result of its literary splendor and resourceful constitution. Bottum deals a totally new method of figuring out faith in public existence this day. the mystical trick Bottum works while he asks 'Where did the Protestant ethic go?' is sort of breathtaking." --Michael Novak

"A poet and critic and essayist with a sideline in historical past and philosophy," Joseph Bottum is trying "to wrench the genuine complexity of religion again from the complexity-destroying context of latest political debates." --New York Times

"Joseph Bottum is the poetic voice of recent Catholic highbrow existence. His paintings . . . formed the minds of a generation." --National Review

"One of America's so much talented writers, with an ideal ear and a matchless style." --Andrew Ferguson

"A fierce serious intelligence and an amazing feel of the comedy of error we name the human condition." --Paul Mariani

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