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By Joseph Bottum

we are living in a profoundly non secular age--but in a really unusual means, diverse from any other second of our heritage. large swaths of yankee tradition are pushed by means of manic non secular anxiousness and incessant supernatural fear. Radicals and traditionalists, liberals and conservatives, including politicians, artists, environmentalists, fans of meals fads, and the chattering periods of tv commentators: the United States is full of humans frantically looking affirmation in their personal crucial goodness. we're a kingdom wanting to stand at the aspect of morality--to be aware of that we're righteous and live within the light.

Or so Joseph Bottum argues in An apprehensive Age, an account of contemporary the US 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 solidarity. Our risky non secular 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 worried Age undertakes case stories in modern social type, adrift in a state with out the non secular understandings that gave it that means. the college-educated elite he calls "The Poster Children," Bottum sees the post-Protestant heirs of the outdated Mainline Protestant domination of tradition: dutiful descendants who declare the excessive social place in their Christian ancestors even whereas they reject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 way of the preach of John Paul II, Bottum evaluates the early victories--and later defeats--of the try to alternative Catholicism for the death Mainline voice in public life.

Sweeping throughout American highbrow and cultural background, An nervous Age lines the process nationwide faith and warns concerning the unusual angels or even stranger demons with which we now combat. Insightful and contrarian, clever and unforeseen, An worried Age ranks one of the nice glossy debts of yankee culture.

Praise for Joseph Bottum and An frightened Age:

 "An nervous Age is sure to be considered as a vintage of yank sociology--not merely due to its mammoth wisdom of old evidence and personalities, its intensity and a number of layers of which means, but additionally as a result of its literary splendor and innovative constitution. Bottum bargains a unconditionally new method of knowing faith in public lifestyles this present day. the mystical trick Bottum works whilst he asks 'Where did the Protestant ethic go?' is almost breathtaking." --Michael Novak

"A poet and critic and essayist with a sideline in background and philosophy," Joseph Bottum is making an attempt "to wrench the real complexity of religion again from the complexity-destroying context of latest political debates." --New York Times

"Joseph Bottum is the poetic voice of recent Catholic highbrow existence. His paintings . . . formed the minds of a generation." --National Review

"One of America's so much proficient writers, with an ideal ear and a matchless style." --Andrew Ferguson

"A fierce serious intelligence and a good experience of the comedy of blunders we name the human condition." --Paul Mariani

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