Holy Mavericks



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Below is the announcement for our contributing editor Phil Sinitiere's new book, written with co-author Shayne Lee.
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Holy Mavericks: Evangelical Innovators and the Spiritual Marketplace

"Introduces us to some of the most prominent religious innovators in the United States today—‘savvy spiritual suppliers,’ as the authors say—who are skilled at recalibrating their messages and ministries to fit particular audiences. Religious scholars will welcome the attention given to cultural themes in the analysis, and the emphasis on more than just individual choice; general readers will be enthralled by the creativity of the producers but also appalled at the captivity of religious faith to contemporary culture."--Wade Clark Roof, University of California at Santa Barbara

Table of Contents
Introduction
Joel Osteen, Paula White, T. D. Jakes, Rick Warren, and Brian McLaren pastor some the largest churches in the nation, lead vast spiritual networks, write best-selling books, and are among the most influential preachers in American Protestantism today.
Spurred by the phenomenal appeal of these religious innovators, sociologist Shayne Lee and historian Phillip Luke Sinitiere investigate how they operate and how their style of religious expression fits into America’s cultural landscape. Drawing from the theory of religious economy, the authors offer new perspectives on evangelical leadership and key insights into why some religious movements thrive while others decline.
Holy Mavericks provides a useful overview of contemporary evangelicalism while emphasizing the importance of "supply-side thinking" in understanding shifts in American religion. It reveals how the Christian world hosts a culture of celebrity very similar to the secular realm, particularly in terms of marketing, branding, and publicity. Holy Mavericks reaffirms that religion is always in conversation with the larger society in which it is embedded, and that it is imperative to understand how those religious suppliers who are able to change with the times will outlast those who are not.
Shayne Lee has a joint appointment in sociology and African Diaspora Studies at Tulane University. He is the author of T. D. Jakes (NYU Press).

Phillip Luke Sinitiere holds a Ph.D. in American history from the University of Houston.

3 comments:

Mike Pasquier at: April 6, 2009 at 10:38 AM said...

This is wonderful news! Thanks, Phil, for the great work.

John G. Turner at: April 8, 2009 at 2:52 PM said...

Congrats, Phil!

Derek at: April 12, 2009 at 9:21 PM said...

It is on its way to me from Amazon. I am looking forward to reading it.

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