Our Great Big American God: A Short History of Our Ever-Growing Deity
Matthew Paul Turner
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Americans love God. We stamp God on our money, our bumper stickers, and our bodies. With a church on nearly every street, it's hard to deny our country's deep connection with the divine.
Yet culture critic Matthew Paul Turner says that God didn't just change America-America changed God. As a result, do we even recognize the "real" God?
Whip-smart and provocative, Turner explores the United States' vast influence on God, told through an amazing true history of faith, politics, and evangelical pyrotechnics.
From Puritans to Pentecostals, from progressives to mega-pastors, Turner examines how American history and ideals transformed our perception of God. Fearless and funny, this is the definitive guide to the American experience of the Almighty-a story so bizarre, incredible, and entertaining that it could only be made in the U.S.A.
No matter what your political or religious affiliation, this book will challenge and delight with its razor sharp wit, social commentary, and savvy historical insight. It will make you reconsider the way you think about America as a "Christian nation," and help you re-imagine a better future for God and country.
Ultimately, Turner dares to ask: Does God control the future of America-or is it the other way around?
named Roger Williams. Williams was known in the Old World for being rebellious and unorthodox. He was a Separatist (just like the Pilgrims of Thanksgiving fame who sailed to America’s yonder shores in 1620), an early (and vocal) advocate for separating from the Church of England. Williams eventually fled England, and upon joining the Bay Colony he continued his knack for protesting the ruling religion’s status quo. The worldly preacher soon became a thorn in the side of the Puritan leadership,
you cannot earn more than a dollar a week, earn that. That is better than nothing, and you can pray to God for more.17 Not only did Moody take money from the very men whose businesses were creating impoverished urban environments, but he shaped God’s message into “gilded” rhetoric that worked to silence the rich men’s critics and the men they employed. Who better to make a poor man shut up and work harder than God? The God that Moody promoted was one who made sin the family man’s biggest
everything went as planned, if the Puritans were well behaved and followed God’s commands, the Gardener would grow the New World’s forest into mighty “trees of righteousness.”6 Adding to the God-vision, Cotton said, “When he promised to plant a people, their days shall be as the days of a Tree. As the Oak is said to be an hundred years in growing, and an hundred years in full strength, and an hundred years in decaying.”7 On that day Cotton prophesied a major story line, not only for himself
politically that’s just what it was, an attack. Falwell’s Moral Majority became, for a short ten years, a mighty force of evangelical power to fight secular humanism. While it never became the force that Falwell had envisioned, it likely accomplished more than many realize. Most influential? It empowered Christians to become a political force. While not every Christian group or leader joined Falwell’s “Majority,” most did join his fight. Though they loved President Reagan, and no doubt helped to
Tennessee. Learn more at www.MatthewPaulTurner.com. Also by Matthew Paul Turner Churched: One Kid’s Journey Toward God Despite a Holy Mess Hear No Evil: My Story of Innocence, Music, and the Holy Ghost Praise for Matthew Paul Turner and OUR GREAT BIG AMERICAN GOD “Matthew Paul Turner has written a fascinating biography of God—specifically God’s sojourn in America. This book is enlightening, funny, and filled with so many historical insights, I found myself uttering ‘Aha!’ at least twice