American Evangelicals: A Contemporary History of a Mainstream Religious Movement

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Feb 16, 2009 - History - 224 pages
There may be no group in American society that is more talked about but so little understood as Evangelical Christians. Sometimes dismissed as violent fundamentalists and ignorant flat earthers, few can doubt the political, cultural, and religious significance of the Evangelicals. Barry Hankins puts the Evangelical movement in historical perspective, reaching back to its roots in the Great Awakening of the eighteenth century and leading up to the formative moments of contemporary conservative Protestantism. Taking on key topics such as the standing of science, the authority of scripture, and gender and racial equality, Hankins analyzes what is most essential for us to understand today about this potent movement.
 

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Contents

Ch01 Awakenings and the Beginningof American Evangelicalism
1
Ch02 The Struggle with Modernism
19
Ch03 Battling with Science
49
Ch04 Millennialism
83
Ch05 Considering Equality
105
Ch06 Inspired Politics
137
Ch07 Back to the Academy
163
Ch08 Conclusion
181
Bibliography
189
Index
195
About the Author
204
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Barry Hankins is professor of history and church-state studies at Baylor University. He is author of Uneasy in Babylon: Southern Baptist Conservatives and American Culture and God's Rascal: J. Frank Norris and the Beginnings of the Southern Fundamentalism.

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