American Church History

Discussion in 'Church History' started by arapahoepark, Jan 21, 2019.

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  1. arapahoepark

    arapahoepark Puritan Board Graduate

    I have seen some church histories, general or survey mostly, in America but I am wondering what would the PB recommend? I especially am looking for syntheses on how shallow our church (at large) became.
     
  2. py3ak

    py3ak They're stalling and plotting against me Staff Member

    Sounds like you are looking for The Democratization of American Christianity by Nathan O. Hatch.
     
  3. Jeri Tanner

    Jeri Tanner Moderator Staff Member

    Also, No Place For Truth: Or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology by David Wells.
     
  4. Stephen L Smith

    Stephen L Smith Moderator

    There are a number of books by David Wells that follow this one which also give insightful details on the state of the American church:
    • God in the Wasteland: The Reality of Truth in a World of Fading Dreams
    • Losing Our Virtue
    • Above All Earthly Pow'rs: Christ in a Postmodern World
    He nicely summarises these in a helpful up to date work "The Courage to Be Protestant: Reformation Faith in Today's World" [ Second Edition]
     
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  5. TheOldCourse

    TheOldCourse Puritan Board Sophomore

    I second the Hatch recommendation. It's a book all American evangelicals should probably read.
     
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  6. lynnie

    lynnie Puritan Board Senior

    Iain Murray, Revival and Revivalism. Excellent history and critique of Finney.
     
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  7. hammondjones

    hammondjones Puritan Board Sophomore

    Democratization is very good. I also liked Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics.
     
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  8. BayouHuguenot

    BayouHuguenot Puritan Board Doctor

    Marsden, George. Fundamentalism and American Culture.
     
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  9. Jake

    Jake Puritan Board Junior

    This, and, Evangelicalism Divided by Iain Murray are what you are looking for. The Wells book already recommended is great too.
     
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  10. jwithnell

    jwithnell Moderator Staff Member

    This has come across my radar several times, but I've wondered if the intervening years since publication would make the work stale? Dr. Marsden is one of the best historians of thought. Opinion?
     
  11. BayouHuguenot

    BayouHuguenot Puritan Board Doctor

    It's still good. He documents the whys and hows of Fundamentalism's rise in America. He corrects old scholarship (Ernst Sandeen).
     
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  12. Grafted In

    Grafted In Puritan Board Freshman

    Wells and Hatch are great!

    Has anyone read Gnostic America by Peter Burfeind? I thought his analysis was insightful in a number of places.
     
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  13. Paul1976

    Paul1976 Puritan Board Freshman

    I'm going to 3rd Revival and Revivalism by Iain Murray. It's focused on the 2nd great awakening, but that is really the point where the derailment happened. The next 150 years has just been the train wreck that followed.
     
  14. BayouHuguenot

    BayouHuguenot Puritan Board Doctor

    Anything by DG Hart. Granted, he has an axe to grind
     
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