American Evangelical Christianity An Introduction

ISBN-10: 0631220003

ISBN-13: 9780631220008

Edition: 2000

Authors: Mark A. Noll

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Evangelical Christianity was a predominant stream of religion during the early history of the United States. Mark Noll describes and interprets American Evangelical Christianity, utilizing research by theologians, sociologists and political scientists, as well as the author's own historical interests, to explain the position Evangelicalism now occupies at the beginning of the new century.Evangelical Christians existed as a large but disintegrating force for the first half of the twentieth century, developing into an increasingly visible presence over recent decades. Noll examines their frequently misunderstood political bearing over the latter half of the last century, arguing that exploitation of the resources of Evangelical theology might improve the quality of Evangelical politics. The central concern of the book is to sell American Evangelical Christianity as a form of 'culturally adaptive biblical experimentalism' and to show why this portrayal makes sense of both Evangelical religion and the place of Evangelicals in American religion.This book is intended to provide insights for Evangelicals, and even more so for those who aren't, into the meaning of Evangelical activities, aspirations and ideologies throughout American history. It provides a fascinating insight into a stream of religion which now exerts a considerable social, political and cultural force.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/22/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 332
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Mark A. Noll is McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. He is author or editor of 35 books, including the award-winning America's God: From Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln.

List of Tables
Introduction
Who Are Evangelicals?
Historical Overview
Constituencies in North America and the World
The Significance of Billy Graham
Beliefs
Region, Class, Race
Gender
Flashpoints
Roman Catholics
Science
Politics
Opinion
Evangelical Politics: a Better Way
Learning a Lesson from Canada
Evangelicalism at Its Best
Epilogue: The Future
Guide to Further Reading
Index
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