New PDF release: Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American

By Molly Worthen

Evangelical Christianity is a paradox. Evangelicals are extensively individualist, yet dedicated to neighborhood and relations. they think within the transformative energy of a private courting with God, yet are cautious of non secular enthusiasm. they're deeply skeptical of secular cause, yet wanting to locate clinical evidence that the Bible is true.

In this groundbreaking historical past of recent American evangelicalism, Molly Worthen argues that those contradictions are the goods of a difficulty of authority that lies on the middle of the religion. Evangelicals have by no means had a unmarried authority to steer them via those dilemmas or settle the challenging query of what the Bible really skill. Worthen chronicles the ideological war, institutional clash, and clashes among smooth specialists and maverick disciples that lurk at the back of the extra widely used narrative of the increase of the Christian correct. the result's an bold highbrow heritage that weaves jointly tales from all corners of the evangelical international to give an explanation for the information and personalities-the scholarly goals and anti-intellectual impulses-that have made evangelicalism a cultural and political force.

In Apostles of Reason, Worthen recasts American evangelicalism as a stream outlined no longer by means of shared doctrines or politics, yet via the matter of reconciling head wisdom and center faith in an more and more secular the USA. She indicates that knowing the increase of the Christian correct in only political phrases, as so much students have performed, misses the center of the tale. The tradition wars of the past due 20th century emerged not just from the fight among spiritual conservatives and secular liberals, but in addition from the civil battle inside of evangelicalism itself-a conflict over easy methods to uphold the instructions of either religion and cause, and the way eventually to steer the state again onto the trail of righteousness.

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