By Matthew Avery Sutton
From the Pilgrims who settled at Plymouth Rock to Christian Coalition canvassers operating for George W. Bush, american citizens have lengthy sought to combine religion with politics. Few were as winning as Hollywood evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson. throughout the years among the 2 global wars, McPherson used to be the main flamboyant and debatable minister within the usa. She equipped an tremendously profitable and leading edge megachurch, demonstrated a mass media empire, and produced spellbinding theatrical sermons that rivaled Tinseltown's unbelievable exhibits. As McPherson's strength grew, she moved past faith into the world of politics, launching a countrywide campaign to struggle the educating of evolution within the faculties, safeguard Prohibition, and resurrect what she believed used to be the U.S.' Christian historical past. confident that the antichrist used to be operating to spoil the nation's Protestant foundations, she and her allies observed themselves as a besieged minority known as by way of God to hitch the "old time faith" to American patriotism. Matthew Sutton's definitive learn of Aimee Semple McPherson unearths the girl, mostly remembered because the hypocritical vamp in Sinclair Lewis's Elmer Gantry, as a trail-blazing pioneer. Her lifestyles marked the start of Pentecostalism's boost from the margins of Protestantism to the mainstream of yankee tradition. certainly, from her place in Hollywood, McPherson's integration of politics with religion set precedents for the non secular correct, whereas her big name prestige, use of spectacle, and mass media savvy got here to outline glossy evangelicalism. (20070409)
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Yet according to Shuler, the dedication that temple members felt toward her was their downfall. With her “disastrous” theology McPherson was marching her naive followers into the arms of the devil. 47 2 The Foursquare Gospel During the summer of 1925, William Jennings Bryan received a telegram from Aimee Semple McPherson. He was immersed at the time in the infamous “Monkey Trial,” working to convict high school biology teacher John Scopes of violating Tennessee’s antievolution statute. ” To celebrate Bryan’s epic struggle, she organized an all-night prayer service and, on the following Sunday afternoon, a massive church meeting preceded by a Bible parade through Los Angeles.
Rather than engage with a book or rely on imagination while viewing a theatrical performance, audiences captivated by new media seemingly metamorphosed into mindless dupes whose criticalthinking skills had been stunted. According to these thinkers, spectacle, repetition, and fast-action sequences prevented reflection and discernment. McPherson’s critics drew on this language in asserting that her illustrated sermons, catchy hymns, and radio programs contributed to the crisis in American intellectual life.
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Aimee Semple McPherson and the Resurrection of Christian America by Matthew Avery Sutton