Although evangelicals entered the century as full partners in the Protestant denominations and agencies that molded American cultural and intellectual life, since the 1970s evangelical Protestantism has been perceived as alien to other Americans. Mr. Hart unpacks evangelicalism's current reputation by tracing its development over the course of the twentieth century. "An excellent interpretive synthesis."-Leo P. Ribuffo.
D. G. Hart is Director for Honors Programs and Faculty Development at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute in Wilmington, Delaware. Among his other books are The University Gets Religion and Defending the Faith.
Part 1 Acknowledgements ix Part 2 INTRODUCTION: UNDERSTANDING EVANGELICALISM 3 Chapter 3 Insiders who feel like outsiders. Revivalism and born-again devotion. Nineteenth-century developments and influence. Contemporary unease. Part 4 PART ONE. AN EVANGELICAL GHETTO IN WASP AMERICA, 1920-1960 Part 5 A PECULIAR PEOPLE, A DIVINE BOOK 25 Chapter 6 The Bible's iconic status. Biblical criticism. Dispensationalism. Evolution and creation. Protestantism divided. Bible colleges. Part 7 THE FORMATION OF AN EVAGELICAL SUBCULTURE 54 Chapter 8 Separatism. The formation of new institutions. Evangelical mores. Families, young people, and wholesome fun. Part 9 EVANGELICALS AND THE POLITICS OF MORALITY 84 Chapter 10 The social relevance of the gospel. Portestantism in American public life. Dispensationalism, international affairs, and conspiracy. Part 11 PART TWO. PRESERVING A CHRISTIAN SOCIETY, 1960-2000 Part 12 THE RENEWAL OF THE EVANGELICAL MIND 115 Chapter 13 The crisis of the West. Scholarly evangelicals. The threat of secularization. An intellectual defense of the West. Part 14 EVANGELICAL POLITICS AND THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT 144 Chapter 15 Piety and politcs. Sexual liberation and family values. A Christian worldview. The Moral Majority and the Christian Coalition. Part 16 EVANGELICALS AND POPULAR CULTURE 172 Chapter 17 Family entertainment. Entertainment as evangelism. Contemporary Christian music. Praie & Worship worship. Part 18 EVANGELICAL MISUNDERSTANDINGS 201 Chapter 19 Evangelicalism: conservative or innovative? The legacy of pietism. The dilemma of contemporary evangelicalism. Part 20 A Note on Sources 223 Part 21 Index 237