Dreaming of Eden

American Religion and Politics in a Wired World

Authors: Thistlethwaite, S.

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In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were tempted to take a bite out of an apple that promised them the "knowledge of good and evil." Today, a shiny apple with a bite out of it is the symbol of Apple Computers. The age of the Internet has speeded up human knowledge, and it also provides even more temptation to know more than may be good for us. Americans have been right at the forefront of the digital revolution, and we have felt its unsettling effects in both our religions and our politics. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite argues that we long to return to the innocence of the Garden of Eden and not be faced with countless digital choices. But returning to the innocence of Eden is dangerous in this modern age and, instead, we can become wiser about the wired world.

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Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite is a Professor of Theology and former President of Chicago Theological Seminary. An ordained minister of the United Church of Christ for over 30 years, she has authored and edited numerous works including Dreaming of Eden: American Religion and Politics in a Wired World , Sex, Race and God: Christian Feminism in Black and White , Lift Every Voice: Constructing Christian Theologies from the Underside (co-editor) and Interfaith Just Peacemaking: Alternatives to War (co-editor). Dr. Thistlethwaite is a frequent media commentator on religion and public events. She is a Fellow of the Center for American Progress Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative, and serves as a trustee of Faith in Public Life, and the Interfaith Youth Core.

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"Dreaming of Eden is a fascinating story about stories - how elemental religious narratives about human nature and lost innocence shape our politics and culture in a digital age.Rather than relying on ancient texts or church doctrine, Thistlethwaite explains how Americans today are creating a new public theology to help find meaning in their lives and make decisions about complex political issues in a world of rapid-fire information and popular culture.Anyone interested in the intersection of religion, politics, and media will find much wired wisdom in her new book." - John D. Podesta, President and CEO of the Center for American Progress

"This book is a powerful and prophetic work of public theology for our idolatrous times. The myth of American innocence is not only childish - it also is dangerous!" - Cornel West, Princeton University; author of Race Matters and Keeping Faith: Philosophy and Race in America

"The topic of Dreaming of Eden is important, and the author is a well-known theologian who has helped readers think through religio-political issues for some time. . . .The book's solid cultural contribution is the reread of the mythology of Eden through a contemporary media lens and the juxtaposition of political and social events with theological insights and media. . . .Summing up: Recommended." - CHOICE


Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-15

    Thistlethwaite, Susan Brooks

  • Adam, Eve, and the Garden

    Pages 19-34

    Thistlethwaite, Susan Brooks

  • Citizens Cain and Abel

    Pages 35-53

    Thistlethwaite, Susan Brooks

  • Iraq and Torture

    Pages 57-77

    Thistlethwaite, Susan Brooks

  • Financial Meltdown

    Pages 79-94

    Thistlethwaite, Susan Brooks

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Dreaming of Eden
Book Subtitle
American Religion and Politics in a Wired World
Authors
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-11347-3
DOI
10.1057/9780230113473
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-10780-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-29077-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 228
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