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Author Orsi, Robert A., author.

Title Between heaven and earth : the religious worlds people make and the scholars who study them / Robert A. Orsi
Published Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2007


Description 1 online resource (XI, 245 pages) : illustrations
Series Princeton paperbacks
Princeton paperbacks.
Contents Introduction : Jesus held him so close in His love for him that He left the marks of His passion on his body -- "Mildred, is it fun to be a cripple?" : the culture of suffering in mid-twentieth century American Catholicism -- The many names of the mother of God -- Material children : making God's presence real for Catholic boys and girls and for the adults in relation to them -- Two aspects of one life : Saint Gemma Galgani and my grandmother in the wound between devotion and history, the natural and the supernatural -- "Have you ever prayed to Saint Jude?" : reflections on fieldwork in Catholic Chicago -- Snakes alive : religious studies between heaven and earth
Summary "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."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
SUBJECT Marie (mère de Dieu) - culte -- Etats-Unis -- 20e s. -- étude de cas. rero
Subject Catholic Church -- United States -- Customs and practices -- Case studies
SUBJECT Catholic Church fast
Subject Catholics -- Religious life -- United States -- Case studies
Christian saints -- Cult -- United States -- Case studies
Religion -- Methodology
RELIGION -- Christian Theology -- Angelology & Demonology.
RELIGION -- Christianity -- Catholic.
Catholics -- Religious life
Christian saints -- Cult
Religion -- Methodology
Interpersoonlijke relaties.
catholicisme -- pratique religieuse -- Etats-Unis -- 20e s. -- étude de cas.
saint -- culte -- Etats-Unis -- 20e s. -- étude de cas.
United States
Genre/Form Case studies
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781400849659