American Evangelicalism: George Marsden and the State of American Religious History

American Evangelicalism: George Marsden and the State of American Religious History


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No living scholar has shaped the study of American religious history more profoundly than George M. Marsden. His work spans U.S. intellectual, cultural, and religious history from the seventeenth through the twenty-first centuries. This collection of essays uses the career of George M. Marsden and the remarkable breadth of his scholarship to measure current trends in the historical study of American evangelical Protestantism and to encourage fresh scholarly investigation of this faith tradition as it has developed between the eighteenth century and the present. Moving through five sections, each centered around one of Marsden’s major books and the time period it represents, the volume explores different methodologies and approaches to the history of evangelicalism and American religion. Besides assessing Marsden’s illustrious works on their own terms, this collection’s contributors isolate several key themes as deserving of fresh, rigorous, and extensive examination. Through their close investigation of these particular themes, they expand the range of characters and communities, issues and ideas, and contingencies that can and should be accounted for in our historical texts. Marsden’s timeless scholarship thus serves as a launchpad for new directions in our rendering of the American religious past.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780268158798
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
Publication date: 10/15/2014
Pages: 536
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.08(d)

About the Author

Darren Dochuk is associate professor in the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics and the Department of History at Washington University in St. Louis.

Thomas S. Kidd is professor of history at Baylor University.

Kurt W. Peterson is director of development, Office of Advancement, Loyola University Chicago.

Table of Contents

Foreword: George Marsden as Scholar, Christian, and Friend Nathan Hatch Mark Noll Harry Stout Grant Wacker xi

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction 1

Part I Puritan Beginnings

1 Jonathan Edwards and the Study of His Eighteenth-Century World: George Marsden's Contribution to Colonial American Religious Historiography Douglas A. Sweeney 15

2 Jonathan Edwards: A Life Thomas S. Kidd 36

3 Jonathan Edwards and Francis Asbury John Wigger 50

Part II Protestantism's Century

4 The Evangelical Mind and the Historians Margaret Bendroth 71

5 The Evangelical Mind and the New School Presbyterian Experience Peter J. Wallace 91

6 The African American Great Awakening and Modernity, 1866-1900 Jay R. Case 110

Part III Protesting Modernity

7 Mars den and Modern Fundamentalism Barry Hankins 141

8 Fundamentalimi and American Culture William L. Svelmoe 166

9 Reorienting American Religious History in the Age of Global Christianity: The Case of Katharine Bushnell Kristin Kobes Du Mez 180

10 A Gilded Age Modernist: Reuben A. Torrey and the Roots of Contemporary Conservative Evangelicalism Timothy E. W. Gloege 199

11 The Interdenominational Evangelicalism of D. L. Moody and the Problem of Fundamentalism Michael S. Hamilton 230

Part IV Pluralism's Challenge

12 Marsden and Secularization John Schmalzbauer 283

13 The Soul of the American University Steven M. Nolt 312

14 More Than a Footnote? Evangelical Ministries and the Secular University John G. Turner 334

15 The Southernization of the Evangelical Mind Rick Ostrander 357

Part V Pluralism's Blessing

16 Marsden and Fundamentalist Resurgence Garth M. Rosell 381

17 Reforming Fundamentalism Darren Dochuk 398

18 Missionary Realities and the New Evangelicalism in Post-World War II America Kathryn T. Long 418

19 The Evangelical Left and the Politicization of Evangelicalism David R. Swartz 442

Conclusion: How an Evangelical Won the Bancroft Prize Mark Noll 468

Appendix: List of George Marsden's Doctoral Students and Their Dissertations 487

Selected Bibliography of George Marsden's Works 490

List of Contributors 500

Index 507

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