The American Religion: The Emergence of the Post-Christian Nation Bloom, H. Simon & Schuster (August 2, 1993)

Yale’s Harold Bloom, a self-described “gnostic Jew” and one of the most formidable literary critics of the last hundred years, explores the origins and manifestations of Christianity in America.  Bloom traces the histories of various US manifestations as well as providing critical analysis. 

The writing is refreshingly clear. Here’s a sample from Chapter 16:  “Few phrases are as ambiguous as ‘I believe in God’ or ‘I love Jesus,’ since all they generally mean is that ‘I cannot function because I dread dying’ or ‘My neighbor won’t vote for me’ or ‘If I don’t get a Temple Recommend, Ill lose my job’ (a Mormon anxiety).”

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