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The American Church Experience: A Concise History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606080863
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/2008
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas A. Askew is Stephen Phillips Professor of History Emeritus and the former executive director of the East-West Institute of International Studies at Gordon College. He is the coauthor or editor of five books relating to religious, educational, and political themes. Richard V. Pierard is Professor of History Emeritus at Indiana State University and a former scholar-in-residence at Gordon College. He is a member of the Baptist History and Identity Commission of the Baptist World Alliance and the author of numerous books and articles relating to the history of Christianity.

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Table of Contents

Preface 9
Pt. 1 The Old World heritage
1 Christianity as a world faith 15
2 The English Reformation 25
Pt. 2 Colonial foundations (1607-1783)
3 Church planting on the Atlantic seaboard 33
4 Rekindling the spiritual vision 45
5 The church in the midst of revolution 55
Pt. 3 The nationalization and expansion of the churches (1784-1860)
6 New churches for a new society 67
7 The second awakening 77
8 Envisioning a Christian social order 85
9 Diversity in religious life 97
Pt. 4 Disruption, devotion, and debate (1861-1916)
10 Following the faith in a divided nation 109
11 Evangelical initiatives 119
12 The old religion reacts to new ideas 129
13 Churches in the gilded age 141
14 International engagement and mission 151
Pt. 5 The churches in a pluralistic society (1917-present)
15 War, prosperity, and depression 163
16 World War II and religious change 175
17 Unity and service at home and abroad 189
18 Tradition under fire 199
19 Urban migration and civil rights 209
20 From the bicentennial to the new millennium 217
Epilogue 237
Bibliography 241
Index 273
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