American Apocalypse: A History of Modern Evangelicalism

American Apocalypse: A History of Modern Evangelicalism

by Matthew Avery Sutton


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A Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2015

The first comprehensive history of modern American evangelicalism to appear in a generation, American Apocalypse shows how a group of radical Protestants, anticipating the end of the world, paradoxically transformed it.

“The history Sutton assembles is rich, and the connections are startling.”
New Yorker

American Apocalypse relentlessly and impressively shows how evangelicals have interpreted almost every domestic or international crisis in relation to Christ’s return and his judgment upon the wicked…Sutton sees one of the most troubling aspects of evangelical influence in the spread of the apocalyptic outlook among Republican politicians with the rise of the Religious Right…American Apocalypse clearly shows just how popular evangelical apocalypticism has been and, during the Cold War, how the combination of odd belief and political power could produce a sleepless night or two.”
—D. G. Hart, Wall Street Journal

American Apocalypse is the best history of American evangelicalism I’ve read in some time…If you want to understand why compromise has become a dirty word in the GOP today and how cultural politics is splitting the nation apart, American Apocalypse is an excellent place to start.”
—Stephen Prothero, Bookforum

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674975439
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 03/13/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 235,803
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Matthew Avery Sutton is Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor of History at Washington State University.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Prologue 1

1 Jesus is Coming 8

2 Global War and Christian Nationalism 47

3 The Birth of Fundamentalism 79

4 The Culture Wars Begin 114

5 American Education on Trial 148

6 Seeking Salvation with The Cop 178

7 The Rise of the Tyrants 207

8 Christ's Deal Versus the New Deal 232

9 Reviving American Exceptionalism 263

10 Becoming Cold Warriors for Christ 293

11 Apocalypse Now 326

Epilogue 367

Abbreviations 377

Notes 381

Acknowledgments 437

Index 441

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