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Rapture Ready! : Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture (Paperback)

Author: Radosh, Daniel

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What Does it Mean When a Band is Judged by How Hard They Pray rather than how hard they rock? Would Jesus buy "Got Jesus?" T-shirts or gospel golf balls? What do Christian skate parks, raves, and romance novels say about evangelicalism---and America?

In Rapture Ready! Daniel Radosh investigates the fascinating, funny, and sometimes frightening world of Christian pop culture. This vast and influential subculture---a $7 billion industry---can no longer be ignored by those who wish to understand the social, spiritual, and political aspirations of evangelical Christians.

From the Bible Belt to the outskirts of Hollywood, Radosh encounters dozens of memorable characters, including Bibleman, the Caped Christian; Rob Adonis, the Founder and star of Ultimate Christian Wrestling: Ken Ham, the nation's leading prophet of creationism; and Jay Bakker, the son of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, and pastor of his own liberal, punk rock church.

Combining gonzo reporting with a keen eye for detail and just the right touch of wit. Repture Ready! is a revealing survey of a parallel universe, a unique perspective on one of America's most important social movements.

"A wonderfully funny and very, very smart book. Highly recommended as a memoir, a meditation on American religious tensions, and a perfect example of why taking popular culture seriously is so important."---Linda Holmes, book critic, National Public Radio

"A rich exploration of the realm ... Reading Radosh's book is like coming across another planet hidden somewhere on Earth where everything is just exactly like it is here except blue or made out of plastic."---Slate

"Radosh ... responds with astonishing intellectual and emotional honesty to the people and ideas he encounters."---The Boston Globe Magazine

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Publisher Soft Skull Pr
Mfg Part# 9781593762810
SKU 212315830
Format Paperback
ISBN10 159376281X
Release Date 3/1/2010
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