Evangelical America

An Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Religious Culture

by Timothy J. Demy and Paul R. Shockley, Editors


Evangelicalism has had a growing presence in the religious and political life in America since the mid-1940s. A Gallup Poll in 2005 indicated that 42 percent of Americans considered themselves "born-again or evangelical."

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September 2017


Pages 515
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Religion/General
  American History/Religion

An essential new reference work for students and general readers interested in the history, dynamics, and influence of evangelicalism in recent American history, politics, and culture.

What makes evangelical or "born-again" Christians different from those who identify themselves more simply as "Christian"? What percentage of Americans believe in the Rapture? How are evangelicalism and Baptism similar? What is the influence of evangelical religions on U.S. politics?

Readers of Evangelical America: An Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Religious Culture will learn the answers to these questions and many more through this single-volume work's coverage of the many dimensions of and diversity within evangelicalism and through its documentation of the specific contributions evangelicals have made in American society and culture. It also illustrates the Evangelical movement's influence internationally in key issues such as human rights, environmentalism, and gender and sexuality.


  • Provides readers with an understanding of contemporary American evangelicalism's history, key individuals, organizations, and beliefs through detailed coverage of more than 180 topics
  • Documents the diversity of the Evangelical movement under a common core umbrella of doctrinal beliefs
  • Displays the breadth of American evangelical interaction in social and cultural issues and in debates in recent American history
Author Info

Timothy J. Demy, MSt, ThD, PhD, is professor of military ethics at the U.S. Naval War College, Newport, RI. He is author and editor of numerous books on ethics, theology, and current issues and has contributed to many journals and encyclopedias in the field of history and military history. He is coauthor of War, Peace, and Christianity: Questions and Answers from a Just-War Perspective and is coeditor of ABC-CLIO's three-volume War and Religion: An Encyclopedia of Faith and Conflict and of Jacques Ellul on Violence, Resistance, and War. Demy serves as the American managing editor of the international Journal of Military Ethics.

Paul R. Shockley, MA, ThM, PhD, is professor of Bible and theology at the College of Biblical Studies-Houston and teaches philosophy (adjunct) for the Division of Multidisciplinary Programs at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX. His writings include contributions in the fields of philosophical and theological aesthetics, hermeneutics, historical theology, moral philosophy, philosophy of religion, and systematic theology.



"This one-volume encyclopedia sets out to define the essentials of Evangelicalism in the U.S. since 1940. . . . The volume ends with primary documents, an extensive bibliography, and a comprehensive index. This would be appropriate for public, school, and academic libraries where the subject of the book is a topic of interest."—Booklist

"Perhaps most impressive about this encyclopedia is the extensive list of reprinted primary source documents, from 1942 to 2017. . . . Demy and Shockley have successfully managed to contextualize the key figures, documents, and evangelical organizations into the larger fabric of contemporary American culture. Recommended for both public and academic libraries."—ARBA

"This well-written book focuses on American evangelism since the mid-20th century. . . . VERDICT Presenting a wealth of additional sources and valuable primary source materials, this is an excellent choice for seminarians, religious professionals, and others wishing to learn more about this thriving movement."—Library Journal, Starred Review

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