Deconstructing evangelicalism: conservative Protestantism in the age of Billy Graham

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Baker Academic, Jan 15, 2004 - Religion - 224 pages
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Evangelicalism, as the term is used, is a construct developed over the last half of the twentieth century. Prior to 1950 the word had not been used the way religious leaders and academics now use it, and even then it was not a coherent set of convictions or practices. For that reason, its construction is as novel as it is misleading. This book offers an explanation as to why evangelicalism as currently used became a useful category for journalists, scholars, and believing Protestants. But it is more than simply an account of a specific word's usage. It is also an argument about the damage the construction of evangelicalism has done to historic Christianity. As much as the American public thinks of evangelicalism as the "old-time religion," whether positively or negatively, this expression of Christianity has severed most ties to the ways and beliefs of Christians living in previous eras. For that reason, it needs to be deconstructed. Book jacket.

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Hart describes himself in the afterword as a "victim in recovery" from evangelicalism, a label that I can't quite attach to myself (as a member of a mainline church who had become infatuated with neo ... Read full review

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User Review  - Chris Hansen - Goodreads

If we were to wish to resign from evangelicalism, to whom would we address our letters of resignation? Darryl Hart contends that there's no where to send such a letter because there really is no such ... Read full review


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D. G. Hart is an associate professor of church history and theological bibliography at Westminster Theological Seminary.

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