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To Change the WorldThe Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity Today$
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James Davison Hunter

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199730803

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730803.001.0001

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The Cultural Economy of American Christianity

The Cultural Economy of American Christianity

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(p.79) Chapter Six The Cultural Economy of American Christianity
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To Change the World
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James Davison Hunter

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730803.003.0006

The actual vitality of American Christianity’s cultural capital today resides almost exclusively among average people in the pew rather than those in leadership, on the periphery not the center of cultural production, in tastes that run to the popular rather than the exceptional, the middle brow rather than the high brow, and almost always toward the practical as opposed to the theoretical or the imaginative. The collective impact of the Christian community of the nature and direction of the culture itself is negligible. They have been absent from the arenas in which the greatest influence in culture is exerted.

Keywords:   faith-based pressure groups, philanthropy, foundations, cultural capital, cultural production, anti-intellectualism, fragmentation, acculturation

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