History of Christianity in the US & Canada

History of Christianity in the US & Canada

by Mark A. Noll
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Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
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History of Christianity in the US & Canada

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802806512
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 08/28/1992
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 656,586
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.23(d)

Table of Contents


  1. European Expansion and Catholic Settlement
  2. Roman Catholicism in New Spain
    Catholic Missions in New France
    The Emergence of a French-Catholic Society
    Roman Catholics in Maryland

  3. The English Reformation and the Puritans
  4. Puritanism in England
    New World Settlements

    Puritan Life and Faith in America
    The Puritan Way
    Massachusetts and Virginia: A Comparison

  5. Other Beginnings
  6. Alternatives to the Puritans

    Baptists in Early America
    Roger Williams
    Anne Hutchinson
    The Mosaic Takes Shape: Protestants outside of New England
    The Church of England
    The Quakers and Pennsylvania
    The Reformed and Continental Pietists
    Early Protestants in Canada
    Native Americans and Slaves
    Native Americans


  7. A Renewal of Piety, 1700-1750
  8. The Early Eighteenth Century

    Solomon Stoddard and Cotton Mather
    Regional Developments
    The Great Awakening
    George Whitefield
    Jonathan Edwards
    In the Wake of Revivals
    Regional Effects
    The Great Awakening and the Baptists
    From English Puritanism to American Evangelicalism
    Preaching to the Under Classes
    The Awakening and America

  9. The Churches in the Revolution
  10. The Christian Patriots

    Contributions to the Cause
    Canadian Loyalism: Quebec
    Canadian Loyalism: The Maritimes
    Canadian Loyalism: Upper Canada
    The Faith of the Founders
    The Religious Problem of Slavery in the American Revolution

  11. The Revolution in the Churches
  12. The Separation of Church and State

    Interpreting the First Amendment
    A New Era of Populist Democracy
    No Creed but the Bible
    The Effect of Populist Democracy
    Theology in an American Key
    The American Christian Enlightenment
    Theological Developments
    Countervailing Trends


  13. Evangelical Mobilization
  14. The Second Great Awakening

    The West
    The East
    First and Second Awakenings Compared
    Exemplary Leaders
    Francis Asbury and the Rise of Methodism
    Charles Finney and Modern Revivalism
    Mobilization of the Baptists
    A New Visibility for Women
    Phoebe Palmer and the Appeal of Holiness
    Public Life
    A Missionary Vision
    The Ambiguous Mission to the Cherokees

  15. "Outsiders"
  16. Millerites and Mormons

    The Adventism of William Miller
    The New Religion of Joseph Smith
    Alternative Communities
    African Americans Organize Their Own Churches
    Richard Allen and the African Methodist Episcopal Church
    Organization North, Perseverance South
    Roman Catholics
    John Carroll and an American Catholic Church
    Protestant Opposition
    Catholic Women
    Immigrant Protestants
    The Lutherans

  17. "Evangelical America," 1800-1865
  18. In Foreign Eyes
    Protestant Life in "Christian America"

    Converting the West and the South
    Mass Communications and Popular Thought
    A Flourishing of Protestant Theology
    The Heirs of Calvinism
    Mediating Theologies

  19. His Dominion: "Christian Canada"
  20. The Canadian Political Context
    The Catholic Story

    The Triumph of Ultramontanism in Quebec
    Catholicism beyond Quebec and Protestant-Catholic Hostility
    The Meaning of Catholic-Protestant Tension
    The Protestant Story in the Atlantic Provinces
    The Protestant Story in Ontario and the West
    A Confluence of Opposites
    Between Britain and America
    Adjustments after 1867
    The Rise and Limits of Protestant Ecclesiastical Nationalism

  21. The Last Years of "Protestant America," 1865-1918
  22. Evangelists at Home and Abroad

    Dwight L. Moody
    Missionary Entrepreneurs
    American Protestants to the Ends of the Earth
    The Moral Reform of Society
    The Culmination of Protestant Politics
    William Jennings Bryan
    Woodrow Wilson
    The Cities and the Social Gospel
    The Ecumenical Movement and World War I


  23. The Civil War
  24. The Civil War as a Religious War

    Christian Activity during the Conflict
    Abraham Lincoln
    The Civil War as Turning Point
    Opening the West
    Republican Virtue
    Civil Religion
  25. Non-White, Non-Protestant
  26. African Americans in Control of Their Destinies

    Denominational Initiatives
    Other Institutions
    Church and Society
    The Orthodox in America
    An Immigrant Church
    Journey to Rome: Isaac Hecker
    Growing Maturity
    A Changing Landscape

  27. Protestantism Shaken
  28. Intellectual Challenges

    The New University
    Historical Criticism of Scripture
    Moderates, Mediators, and the Unexpected
    The Disruption of Protestant Theology
    Fundamentalism and the Rise of Dispensational Theology
    Fundamentalist-Modernist Controversy
    Pentecostalism: A New Departure

  29. Legacies of "Christian America"
  30. A Puritan-Evangelical Politics, with Alternatives

    Alternatives: Separation, Natural Law, Canada
    America's Book, America's Icon: The Bible
    Printing, Translating, and Distributing
    A Cultural Force
    A Literature Preoccupied with God
    Literature of Christian Moral Purpose
    Christianity in the Literary Canon


  31. Turbulent Decades
  32. Legacies of the 1920s
    Hard Times, 1929-1939
    War and Its Aftermath, 1939-1960
    Revolutions and Counterrevolutions, 1960-1980

    The Second Vatican Council
    A Quiet Revolution
    Charismatic Renewal
    State in Church
    The Reagan Era and Beyond

  33. Trends
  34. The Christian Map in the 1920s
    Rises and Declines since World War II

    Mostly White Denominations
    Black Denominations
    Regional Strengths
    General Trends

  35. Communities
  36. European Ethnic Enclaves

    Dutch Protestants
    The Southern Baptist Convention
    African Americans

  37. Personalities, Leaders, Exemplars
  38. Personalities, Leaders

    Martin Luther King, Jr.
    Bishop Fulton J. Sheen
    Billy Graham
    A Public Role for Women
    Aimee Semple McPherson
    Dorothy Day
    Mahalia Jackson
    Flannery O'Connor
    Catherine Marshall
    Personalities of Theology
    Reinhold Niebuhr
    H. Richard Niebuhr

  39. American Christianity, Christianity in America
  40. Twentieth-Century Missions
    Making Sense of the Story

    Black and White
    The United States and Canada
    The Varying Pace (and Diverse Meanings) of Secularization
    Wilderness Once Again?

    Bibliography of General Works

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