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By Molly Worthen

ISBN-10: 0190630515

ISBN-13: 9780190630515

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ISBN-13: 9780199896462

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ISBN-13: 9781522666646

Evangelical Christianity is a paradox. Evangelicals are notably individualist, yet dedicated to group and kinfolk. they think within the transformative strength of a private dating with God, yet are cautious of spiritual enthusiasm. they're deeply skeptical of secular cause, yet desirous to locate medical facts that the Bible is true.

In this groundbreaking historical past of contemporary American evangelicalism, Molly Worthen argues that those contradictions are the goods of a hindrance of authority that lies on the center of the religion. Evangelicals have by no means had a unmarried authority to lead them via those dilemmas or settle the challenging query of what the Bible truly capability. Worthen chronicles the ideological war, institutional clash, and clashes among glossy professionals and maverick disciples that lurk at the back of the extra regularly occurring narrative of the increase of the Christian correct. the result's an formidable highbrow background that weaves jointly tales from all corners of the evangelical global to provide an explanation for the guidelines and personalities-the scholarly objectives 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 through shared doctrines or politics, yet via the matter of reconciling head wisdom and middle 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 warfare inside of evangelicalism itself-a conflict over the way to uphold the instructions of either religion and cause, and the way eventually to steer the country again onto the trail of righteousness.

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