Jesus in America Reflects Diversity

January 31, 2004

Source: The Associated Press

On January 31, 2004 The Associated Press reported, "Readers looking for the one true Jesus won't find him in Boston University professor Stephen Prothero's new book 'American Jesus: How the Son of God Became a National Icon.' Instead, they will discover the extraordinary range of identities Jesus has assumed in American culture - in art, music, literature and more - over the past four centuries. The range testifies to a power and flexibility in Jesus' message that has made him a source of fascination not only among Christians but other faiths. 'I kept running into Jesus when I was trying to study Hindus and Buddhists,' said Prothero, who was inspired in part to write the book after coming across a portrait of a meditating Jesus while visiting a Hindu temple in San Francisco. But Prothero's interest is less in what that says about Jesus, than in what the 'malleable and multiform' Jesus says about America.