Between Heaven and Earth
The Religious Worlds People Make and the Scholars Who Study Them
By (author) Robert A. Orsi
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Between Heaven and Earth by Robert A. Orsi
Book DescriptionBetween 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 DetailsISBN: 9780691127767
(229mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 30-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author 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, 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, 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, Paperback (May 1999)» View all books by Robert A. Orsi
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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