Religion and Culture Web Forum

July-August 2014

The Bible in America, America in the Bible

by Seth Perry, PhD 2013 (Princeton University)



patriots bible 2.jpgIn this month's Religion and Culture Web Forum, Seth Perry investigates "Americanized bibles"--bibles that include an array of extra-scriptural material emphasizing the Bible's importance to America.  These bibles participate, Perry argues, in a "longstanding tradition of American biblicism: emphasizing the singular efficacy of the bible while heavily supplementing, summarizing, and explaining the Bible."  

Read The Bible in America, America in the Bible.

Read the invited response by:

David Swartz (Asbury University).




Image: The American Patriot's Bible: The Word of God and the Shaping of America, edited by Richard G. Lee (Thomas Nelson 2009).

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