History of Christianity in the US & Canada

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Broad in scope yet written from a well-defined perspective, this book provides a superb narrative survey of Christian churches, institutions, and interactions with culture in the United States and Canada from the colonial period to the present.

One of the foremost authorities on the history of Christianity in North America, Mark Noll has intentionally made this history a comprehensive, balanced one-volume work: the book covers the great variety of Christian experience throughout all of North American history, sensitively encompassing the story of many contrasting groups and regions--elite and common people, whites and blacks, Catholics and Protestants, men and women, North and South. Adding a personal dimension to the narrative, numerous biographical profiles further enrich Noll's multifaceted exploration of major movements and events.

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Editorial Reviews

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The Journal of American History
"An excellent study that will help historians appreciate the importance of Christianity in the history of the United States and Canada."
Journal of American History
An excellent study that will help historians appreciate the importance of Christianity in the history of the United States and Canada.
Library Journal
Noll has written a very readable textbook. Though dealing with all denominations, it is centered on the rise and decline of Protestant dominance in the United States. Starting from colonial pluralism, Noll shows how Christianity was Americanized by the ``great awakening,'' the Revolution, and other influences. Evangelical America, he says, began to erode during the Civil War and declined further under the influence of modernism and the social gospel. Examining various trends and leaders, Noll predicts that the 20th century will witness a return to pluralism. Though a little weak on the past 40 years, his book is an excellent overview of American church history. Space is given to minority influences, and hymns are used to show the common worshiper's viewpoint. Especially useful and unique is his section on the church in Canada, which provides great comparison value. Recommended for libraries needing a good, basic history of the American church.-- C. Robert Nixon, MLS, Lafayette, Ind.
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Examines the rise & decline of Protestant dominance in the U.S.; explores Catholic & Protestant Canadian contrasts; & sketches the histories of major denominations, taking into account racial, religious, & regional polarities. B&W photos.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802806512
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/28/1992
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 415,942
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark A. Noll is Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. His other books include The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind and Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I Beginnings 7
1 European Expansion and Catholic Settlement 9
2 The English Reformation and the Puritans 30
3 Other Beginnings 54
II Americanization 83
4 A Renewal of Piety, 1700-1750 85
5 The Churches in the Revolution 114
6 The Revolution in the Churches 143
III The "Protestant Century" 163
7 Evangelical Mobilization 165
8 "Outsiders" 191
9 "Evangelical America," 1800-1865 219
10 His Dominion: "Christian Canada" 245
11 The Last Years of "Protestant America," 1865-1918 286
IV The Emergence of Religious Pluralism 311
12 The Civil War 313
13 Non-White, Non-Protestant 335
14 Protestantism Shaken 363
15 Legacies of "Christian America" 390
V Wilderness Once Again? 423
16 Turbulent Decades 427
17 Trends 459
18 Communities 480
19 Personalities, Leaders, Exemplars 501
20 American Christianity, Christianity in America 531
Bibliography of General Works 554
Index 557
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