At Religion Dispatches, our own Matt Sutton (Matt's high school yearbook photo is pictured at right) answers ten questions about Aimee Semple McPherson, Evangelical Maverick. Here's one:
What’s the most important take-home message for readers?
Probably that so many of the issues that frustrate and/or inspire people today have a long and complicated past. Efforts by religious activists to use the state to promote their values, the marriage of mass media and evangelism, the creation of celebrity ministers, and debates over gender roles in the church have happened before and they will happen again. McPherson both tapped into a deep history and foreshadowed the direction that modern evangelicalism would take.