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An Anxious Age: The Post-Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of by Joseph Bottum

By Joseph Bottum

we are living in a profoundly non secular age--but in a truly unusual means, assorted from some other second of our background. large swaths of yankee tradition are pushed through manic religious anxiousness and constant supernatural fear. Radicals and traditionalists, liberals and conservatives, including politicians, artists, environmentalists, fans of foodstuff fads, and the chattering sessions of tv commentators: the USA is stuffed with humans frantically looking affirmation in their personal crucial goodness. we're a kingdom desirous to stand at the part of morality--to recognize that we're righteous and stay 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 ancient 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 harmony. Our harmful religious anxieties, damaged free from the church buildings that when contained them, now madden
everything in American life.

Updating The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, Max Weber's sociological vintage, An nervous Age undertakes case reports in modern social classification, 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a look at the college-educated elite he calls "The Poster Children," Bottum sees the post-Protestant heirs of the outdated Mainline Protestant domination of tradition: dutiful descendants who declare the excessive social place in their Christian ancestors even whereas they reject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 alternative Catholicism for the death Mainline voice in public life.

Sweeping throughout American highbrow and cultural background, An worried Age lines the process nationwide faith and warns in regards to the unusual angels or even stranger demons with which we now strive against. Insightful and contrarian, clever and unforeseen, An apprehensive Age ranks one of the nice sleek bills of yank culture.

Praise for Joseph Bottum and An frightened Age:

 "An frightened Age is sure to be considered as a vintage of yank sociology--not purely as a result of its immense wisdom of ancient proof and personalities, its intensity and a number of layers of which means, but additionally as a result of its literary splendor and creative constitution. Bottum deals a unconditionally new manner of knowing faith in public lifestyles at the present time. the mystical trick Bottum works whilst 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 making an attempt "to wrench the genuine complexity of religion again from the complexity-destroying context of up to date political debates." --New York Times

"Joseph Bottum is the poetic voice of recent Catholic highbrow lifestyles. 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 severe intelligence and an excellent experience of the comedy of blunders we name the human condition." --Paul Mariani

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