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Preacher : Billy Sunday and big-time American evangelism

Author: Roger A Bruns
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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He wildly tore across the stage, thrashing his arms, kicking, bellowing. He jumped on a chair, then on the pulpit, bent backward like the foil of a fencer's sword, and bobbed back and forth. The thousands in the frenzied crowd gasped. Leaping down, he began to shadowbox the Devil, then threw himself prostrate on the floor. He roared at the crowd, "If you want to live in sin, all right, live in sin, and go to hell in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Billy Sunday; Billy Sunday; Billy Sunday
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roger A Bruns
ISBN: 0393030881 9780393030884
OCLC Number: 24142357
Description: 351 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue : Hallelujah! --
Prairie days --
From sandlots to sawdust --
Revivalist --
The man, the method, the team --
Furies of change --
Up with the Dukes, Devil! --
Away, John Barleycorn! --
Red Emma et. al. --
Of rubicons and Waterloos : Billy in New York --
Joining hands in glory : Billy in Atlanta --
God's grenadier --
Fundamentalists, take arms! --
Amen!
Responsibility: Roger A. Bruns.

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He wildly tore across the stage, thrashing his arms, kicking, bellowing. He jumped on a chair, then on the pulpit, bent backward like the foil of a fencer's sword, and bobbed back and forth. The thousands in the frenzied crowd gasped. Leaping down, he began to shadowbox the Devil, then threw himself prostrate on the floor. He roared at the crowd, "If you want to live in sin, all right, live in sin, and go to hell in the end." This was the Reverend Billy Sunday at the.height of his revival power in 1915. To legions of followers across the country, this ex-baseball player from Iowa was God's mouthpiece, ordained to drive sin-soaked infidels out of their muck and grime and into the fold of the Lord. Honing the business of revivalism to dizzying power, Billy crusaded for an array of moral and social causes; entered the political arena; took on radical leaders, intellectuals, evolutionists, modernists, foreigners, birth-control advocates, liquor, and newfangled ologies and isms. Eight decades ago, Billy Sunday was standing four-square for the issues embraced so emotionally by today's evangelists--the supreme authority and inerrancy of the Bible, aggressive patriotism, and a commitment to eradicate vice and moral rot from American society. He was a symbol of old-fashioned, militant fundamentalism, and his great crusades presaged the later evangelists: Oral Roberts, Billy Graham, Jimmy Swaggart, Jerry Falwell, and Pat Robertson. Preacher examines the Sunday phenomenon in light of the evangelistic roots from which his own career sprang and the later emergence of an American religious industry that has powerfully moved into the country's politics and national affairs. It has been a long road from the crude tent meetings of the early evangelists to the media drives of Falwell and Robertson; Billy Sunday stands as the towering figure on that road.

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by ericbradley (WorldCat user on 2008-09-23)

A critical treatment of Sunday‘s life, examining the evangelist in the light of late twentieth century evangelicalism. The first two chapters cover Sunday‘s childhood and baseball career, while the following ten chapters focus on the rise and peak of Sunday‘s evangelist career, and the last chapter covers his decline and death.

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