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American Possessions: Fighting Demons in the Contemporary United States

Sean McCloud


This book examines contemporary American religious culture through the themes of a “consuming convert’s republic,” “the haunted present,” and “the therapeutic.” The work argues that US religious culture in the twenty-first century can be characterized as immersed in and constitutive of an era of possessions–of both consumer goods and spirit entities such as ghosts and demons–and that these “possessions” are thoroughly saturated with the reverberations of therapeutic discourse. Third Wave evangelicalism and its practice of spiritual warfare provide a case study through which these three tropes ... More

Keywords: Third Wave evangelicalism, spiritual warfare, American religion, contemporary, evangelicalism, possessions, therapeutic, haunted, consumer capitalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190205355
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190205355.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sean McCloud, author
University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, Associate Professor of Religious Studies