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Homespun Gospel: The Triumph of Sentimentality in Contemporary American Evangelicalism

Todd M. Brenneman

Abstract

Evangelicalism has always traditionally been understood as a movement centered on certain beliefs regarding the Bible, conversion, and society. Contemporary evangelicalism, however, is not so much about belief as it is about emotional practices. When we examine evangelicalism through the writings of popular ministers Max Lucado, Rick Warren, Joel Osteen, and others, it becomes apparent that evangelicals are relying on and looking for an emotional experience that is best labeled sentimental. Deeply embedded in the practice of evangelicalism, sentimentality is called on to do a lot of cultural w ... More

Keywords: Evangelicalism, Sentimentality, Max Lucado, Joel Osteen, Rick Warren, Emotion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199988983
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199988983.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Todd M. Brenneman, author
University of Central Florida