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
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"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."
"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."
"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."
"[T]his book will be useful for those seeking to learn about the views, concerns, organizations, persons, and events of post-WW II evangelical Christianity in the U.S. . . . Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals; general readers."
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