Religion and the Culture of Print in Modern America by Charles L. Cohen, Paul S. Boyer

By Charles L. Cohen, Paul S. Boyer

Mingling God and Mammon, piety and polemics, and prescriptions for this global and the subsequent, glossy american citizens have created a tradition of print that's vibrantly non secular. From America’s beginnings, the published note has performed a valuable function in articulating, propagating, protecting, critiquing, and occasionally attacking non secular trust. within the final centuries the us has develop into either the best manufacturer and purchaser of print and some of the most identifiably spiritual international locations in the world. Print in each shape has helped spiritual teams come to grips with modernity as they build their identities. In flip, publishers have profited through swelling their lists with non secular suggestion books and scriptures formatted so that it will allure each a possibility area of interest market.
            faith and the tradition of Print in glossy America explores how numerous print media—religious tracts, newsletters, cartoons, pamphlets, self-help books, mass-market paperbacks, and versions of the Bible from the King James model to modern “Bible-zines”—have formed and been formed via stories of religion because the Civil warfare. Edited via Charles L. Cohen and Paul S. Boyer, whose finished ancient essays supply a wide evaluation to the subject, this e-book is the 1st at the heritage of spiritual print tradition in smooth the United States and a well-timed access into the more and more well-liked modern debate over the function of faith in American public life.
 
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Bratcher, A History of Bible Translation and the North American Contribution (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1991), identify four “great ages” of Bible translation— (1) 200 BCE–Fourth Century CE; (2) Fourth Century–1500; (3) 1500–1960; and (4) 1960–Present—and characterize the language of the latter two periods as “overwhelmingly English” (xi, xii). Although individual (and sometimes idiosyncratic) English Bibles appeared throughout their “third age,” the most influential period of activity occurred between 1526 (Tyndale’s New Testament) and 1611 (KJV), with the Revised Version of 1881–85 heralding renewed interest in translating.

Dr. James Dobson (b. 1935), the conservative evangelical psychologist and founder of Focus on the Family in 1977 and of the political lobbying organization, the Family Research Council, spreads his message nationwide not only through a daily radio and television program, but also via some thirty books and Focus on the Family Magazine, which claims a readership in excess of one million. So powerful is Dobson and his media empire, including the print media, that he was regularly consulted by political operatives in the George W.

In a more global treatment of the subject, Harry M. Orlinsky and Robert G. Bratcher, A History of Bible Translation and the North American Contribution (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1991), identify four “great ages” of Bible translation— (1) 200 BCE–Fourth Century CE; (2) Fourth Century–1500; (3) 1500–1960; and (4) 1960–Present—and characterize the language of the latter two periods as “overwhelmingly English” (xi, xii). Although individual (and sometimes idiosyncratic) English Bibles appeared throughout their “third age,” the most influential period of activity occurred between 1526 (Tyndale’s New Testament) and 1611 (KJV), with the Revised Version of 1881–85 heralding renewed interest in translating.

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