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No religious personality has captivated so many Americans for so long as Jesus. Indeed, as Boston University historian Prothero demonstrates in this sparkling and engrossing book, Jesus is the one religious figure nearly every American, whether Christian or not, past and present, has embraced. From Thomas Jefferson's cut-and-paste Bible to Jesus Christ Superstar, from the feminized Christ of the Victorians to the "manly redeemer" of Teddy Roosevelt's era, from Buddhist bodhisattva to Black Moses, Prothero surveys the myriad ways Americans have remade Jesus in their own image. He usefully divides these American Jesuses into "resurrections"-revivals of Jesus within mainstream Christianity-and "reincarnations"-appropriations of Jesus by outsiders. This scheme allows Prothero to range widely, and if he sometimes drifts from his primary focus, the digressions are fascinating in their own right. Nearly every page offers a fresh portrait of some corner of American religious history. A work of this breadth must depend heavily on other writers, but Prothero almost always has a judicious interpretation of his own to add-most of all, his contention that Jesus' enduring appeal confirms America's essentially Christian character even as it also demonstrates America's growing religious diversity
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On magazine covers, movie screens, and even hot-air balloons, images of Jesus abound in a modern America ever more mesmerized by the central figures of Christianity-yet ever less conscious of Christian theology and doctrine. In a wide-ranging investigation, religious historian Prothero probes the cultural dynamics that have transformed Jesus into a ubiquitous American presence while weakening the tethers of orthodoxy. The analysis begins with stern Puritan divines emphatic about the justice of the Father but nearly silent about the mercy of the Son. But the focus soon shifts to liberal nineteenth-century Protestants joyous in their celebration of a tender, even feminine Jesus. A muscular, manly Jesus came next, and eventually even non-Christian Americans were turning Jesus into everything from a Jeffersonian sage to a Hindu avatar. Prothero assembles a dizzying national collage, piquant but strangely selective: Catholic images of Jesus occupy less space in this assemblage than outré characterizations of him in rock music and science fiction. Fortunately, a rich bibliography will help readers to sort out the confusing plethora of American Jesuses. Bryce Christensen
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This book might be an interesting read for sci-fi fans, but it's fatally flawed as history because Jesus never existed. Read morePublished on July 16 2004
Smart, funny, irreverent. Finally a religion book that doesn't assume its readers are all religious!Published on Jan. 4 2004
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I have to confess I'm a Jesus book junkie. Read dozens of books on the "real" or "historical" Jesus. Read morePublished on Dec 15 2003
A tremendously insightful, beautifully crafted study of the many ways that Jesus has, over 2000 years, been defined and redefined through the eye of the beholder, and to suit the... Read morePublished on Dec 6 2003
I loved this book! It is thorough, interesting, and a fun read. Prothero has a great writing style - informal and informative. Read morePublished on Dec 4 2003
Wow! Great subject, great read. I saw that Publisher's Weekly rated this a "Top Pick" for 2003, and it's one of the best books I've ever read on American religion. Read morePublished on Dec 4 2003