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Elite and Popular Religion


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This wide-ranging volume explores and examines the complex and nuanced relationship between elite and popular Christianity, focussing on the issue of how we should define these concepts, and how useful the distinction is for the history of Christianity. Topics covered include the meaning attached to baptism in sixth-century Spain, crusading ideology, medieval and Reformation religiosity, seating arrangements in eighteenth-century churches, the reception of visual media in modern American religion, and the use of 'pop' music in the Church of England. Taken together the essays in this volume challenge conventional understandings of a simple and sharp dichotomy between elite and popular religion, instead highlighting the ways in which participants from across the social spectrum could take part in a shared religious culture - albeit often for different reasons and with different resonances - and emphasising how elements of that culture were appropriated by different social groups.

Contributors include David D'Avray, Eamon Duffy, David Brading, Sheridan Gilley, Trevor Johnson, David Morgan, and Eamonn O'Carrigan.


A volume of lively essays which interrogates the value of one of religious history's most durable, and pernicious, binaries. ARCHIVES


First Published: 17 Aug 2006
13 Digit ISBN: 9780954680923
11 black and white illustrations
Pages: 456
Size: 21.6 x 13.8
Binding: Hardback
Imprint: Ecclesiastical History Society

Details updated on 05 Oct 2015