Lucid, authoritative overview of a major movement in American history
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 & TOPICSHarry S. Stout on
the Great AwakeningCatherine A. Brekus on
the evangelical encounter with the EnlightenmentJon Butler on
disestablishmentRichard Carwardine on
antebellum reformMarguerite Van Die on
the rise of the domestic idealLuke E. Harlow on
the Civil War and conservative American evangelicalismGeorge M. Marsden on
the rise of fundamentalismEdith Blumhofer on
urban PentecostalismDennis C. Dickerson on
the Great MigrationMark Hutchinson on
the global turn in American evangelicalismGrant Wacker on
Billy Graham's 1949 Los Angeles revivalDarren Dochuk on
American evangelicalism's Latin turn
Daniel Walker Howe
— Pulitzer Prize-winning author of What Hath God Wrought
"These well-crafted essays by distinguished authorities with diverse perspectives will fascinate both students of history and evangelicals themselves."
— author of Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel
"This book sparkles with insight. Eminently readable and carefully curated, it is a significant contribution to the study of American evangelicalism."
— Messiah College
"Many of us who pursue an intellectual vocation stand on the mighty scholarly shoulders of Mark Noll. In Turning Points in the History of American Evangelicalism Heath Carter and Laura Rominger Porter have brought together an impressive cast of historians to commemorate Noll's magnificent career."
Douglas A. Sweeney
— Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
"This is a great collection of essays by an all-star cast of scholars working on American religion. It is fascinating reading that will serve as a benchmark in the study of evangelicalism for many years to come."