Time's Henry Luce and the SBC

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Time's Henry Luce and the SBC

Postby Stephen Fox » Tue Jul 06, 2010 11:00 am

The larger context, the world that shaped the SBC in its glory years of 50's and 60's is framed in Alan Brinkley's bio of Nenry Luce; especially the reference to Billy Graham as one of ten essayists to analyze the promise of America at mid Century.
Missionary's son, Luce, who shaped the Country, and as Marshall Frady and others made analogy, aspired to hold Middle America together, like the SBC, for the progress of the nation.

Less germane to that notion but a fascinating read is this:

http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/a ... rentPage=1

More key to the notion I have suggested is this review of Brinkley's work:

Here is the point I think analogous to what I think was lost in the fundamentalist takeover of the SBC, the cacophony that Ronnie Floyd and Richard Land have added to our public discourse and glue.

Brinkley's concluding chapters in this vein are most worthy of Bruce Gourley as they make sense of the Baptist story in the larger frame of America in SBC's golden years.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/25/books ... ted=3&_r=1

“The construction of Luce’s publishing empire is part of a much larger phenomenon of the middle years of the 20th century: the birth of a national mass culture designed primarily to serve a new and rapidly expanding middle class. . . . Part of his considerable achievement was his ability to provide an image of American life that helped a generation of readers believe in an alluring, consensual image of the nation’s culture.”

By the time of his death, in 1967, that consensus had been torn asunder, and today there is no vehicle, no voice with the coherent power of Luce’s magazines in their heyday. The last of his breed of media tycoon is a 79-year-old Australian billionaire whose impact has been more corrosive than cohesive.

It would be a mistake to sentimentalize the previous century’s version of journalistic authority. But it is probably fair to say that the cacophony of today’s media — in which rumor and invective often outpace truth-testing, in which shouting heads drown out sober reflection, in which it is possible for people to feel fully informed without ever encountering an opinion that contradicts their prejudices — plays some role in the polarizing of our politics, the dysfunction of our political system and the increased cynicism of the American electorate.
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The New Republic and the American Purpose

Postby Stephen Fox » Tue Jul 06, 2010 5:57 pm

http://www.tnr.com/article/books-and-ar ... rding-luce

I hope Bruce in particular will get the word out about the print issue Review of Brinkey on Luce.

It is the series of essays in Time on the American Purpose that in many ways the template for the Last Great Hope notions that came to the SBC in the 60's.

And Brinkley's bio and the TNR review examine it well.

Billy Graham wrote one of the essays, and Archibald McCleish wrote the best dissent from Graham and Luce in that series.

Helped me understand Marney and Marshall Frady a little better, get a better notion of the forces that Stewart Newman and Will Campbell wrestled with in that time.

Made me more humble that try as we may, we all see through a glass darkly in this world; but on those days when the light shines brightest are hints of Glory.

That is why Elder Babb and the Madison Bumblebees should be on site for the 2011 Triennial Baptist Covenant.
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