Between Heaven and Earth by Robert A. Orsi
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Between Heaven and Earth
By Robert A. Orsi

Between Heaven and Earth

The Religious Worlds People Make and the Scholars Who Study Them

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Between Heaven and Earth by Robert A. Orsi

Book Awards

  • Commended for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2005.
  • Shortlisted for American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion 2005.

Book Description

Between Heaven and Earth explores the relationships men, women, and children have formed with the Virgin Mary and the saints in twentieth-century American Catholic history, and reflects, more broadly, on how people live in the company of sacred figures and how these relationships shape the ties between people on earth. In this boldly argued and beautifully written book, Robert Orsi also considers how scholars of religion occupy the ground in between belief and analysis, faith and scholarship. Orsi infuses his analysis with an autobiographical voice steeped in his own Italian-American Catholic background--from the devotion of his uncle Sal, who had cerebral palsy, to a "crippled saint," Margaret of Castello; to the bond of his Tuscan grandmother with Saint Gemma Galgani. Religion exists not as a medium of making meanings, Orsi maintains, but as a network of relationships between heaven and earth involving people of all ages as well as the many sacred figures they hold dear. Orsi argues that modern academic theorizing about religion has long sanctioned dubious distinctions between "good" or "real" religious expression on the one hand and "bad" or "bogus" religion on the other, which marginalize these everyday relationships with sacred figures. This book is a brilliant critical inquiry into the lives that people make, for better or worse, between heaven and earth, and into the ways scholars of religion could better study of these worlds.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691127767
ISBN-10: 069112776X
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Pages: 264
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 30-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Books By Author Robert A. Orsi

History and Presence by Robert A. Orsi History and Presence, Hardback (March 2016)

The unseeing of the gods was a requirement of Western modernity. Beginning with sixteenth-century debates over Christ's real presence in the host, Robert Orsi imagines an alternative. He urges us to withhold from absence the prestige modernity encourages and instead to approach contemporary religion and history with the gods fully present.

Cambridge Companion to Religious Studies by Robert A. Orsi Cambridge Companion to Religious Studies, Paperback (December 2011)

Informative and provocative, this book introduces readers to debates in the contemporary study of religion and suggests future research possibilities.

Madonna of 115th Street by Robert A. Orsi Madonna of 115th Street, Paperback (July 2010)

A twenty-fifth anniversary edition of the author's classic study of popular religion in Italian Harlem. In the preface, it discusses significant shifts in the field of religious history and calls for new ways of empirically studying divine presences in human life.

Thank You, St. Jude by Robert A. Orsi Thank You, St. Jude, Paperback (May 1999)

St Jude, patron saint of hopeless causes, is the most popular saint of the American Catholic laity, particularly among women. This study describes how the cult originated in 1929, traces the rise in Jude's popularity, and investigates the reasons for so many women turning to St Jude for help.

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Author Biography - Robert A. Orsi

Robert A. Orsi is Charles Warren Professor of the History of Religion in America, Harvard Divinity School. He is the author of "The Madonna of 115th Street", winner of the John Gilmary Shea Prize of the American Catholic Historical Association; and of "Thank You, St. Jude", winner of the 1998 Merle Curti Award in American Social History.

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