The history of American evangelicalism is perhaps best understood by examining its turning points—those moments when it took on a new scope, challenge, or influence. The Great Awakening, the rise of fundamentalism and Pentecostalism, the emergence of Billy Graham—all these developments and many more have given shape to one of the most dynamic movements in American religious history. Taken together, these turning points serve as a clear and helpful roadmap for understanding how evangelicalism has become what it is today.
Each chapter in this book has been written by one of the world's top experts in American religious history, and together they form a single narrative of evangelicalism's remarkable development. Here is an engaging, balanced, coherent history of American evangelicalism from its origins as a small movement to its status as a central player in the American religious story.
Contributors & Topics
Harry S. Stout on the Great Awakening
Catherine A. Brekus on the evangelical encounter with the Enlightenment
Jon Butler on disestablishment
Richard Carwardine on antebellum reform
Marguerite Van Die on the rise of the domestic ideal
Luke E. Harlow on the Civil War and conservative American evangelicalism
George M. Marsden on the rise of fundamentalism
Edith Blumhofer on urban Pentecostalism
Dennis C. Dickerson on the Great Migration
Mark Hutchinson on the global turn in American evangelicalism
Grant Wacker on Billy Graham's 1949 Los Angeles revival
Darren Dochuk on American evangelicalism's Latin turn
Lambert examines how antebellum Protestant unity was challenged by sectionalism as both North and South invoked religious justification; how Andrew Carnegie's "Gospel of Wealth" competed with the anticapitalist "Social Gospel" during postwar industrialization; how the civil rights movement was perhaps the most effective religious intervention in politics in American history; and how the alliance between the Republican Party and the Religious Right has, in many ways, realized the founders' fears of religious-political electoral coalitions. In these and other cases, Lambert shows that religion became sectarian and partisan whenever it entered the political fray, and that religious agendas have always mixed with nonreligious ones.
Religion in American Politics brings rare historical perspective and insight to a subject that was just as important--and controversial--in 1776 as it is today.
Usually dismissed as fractious, they rose above core differences and cooperated among themselves across denominational lines in building organizations. In doing so, they reflected both the ecumenism of the liberal Protestants and the organizational impulse in modern urban, industrial society.
This study, the first to focus on the founding generation, also covers a broad spectrum of fundamentalists, from the Northeast, Midwest, the South, and the West Coast, including some often overlooked by other historians
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A provocative and challenging book—but one that is tempered by Dr. Schaeffer's deep commitment to Christ and love for the church.