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Molly Worthen's Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American PDF

By Molly Worthen

ISBN-10: 0190630515

ISBN-13: 9780190630515

ISBN-10: 0199896461

ISBN-13: 9780199896462

ISBN-10: 1522666648

ISBN-13: 9781522666646

Evangelical Christianity is a paradox. Evangelicals are considerably individualist, yet dedicated to group and relations. they suspect within the transformative energy of a private courting with God, yet are cautious of non secular enthusiasm. they're deeply skeptical of secular cause, yet desirous to locate medical evidence that the Bible is true.

In this groundbreaking background of contemporary American evangelicalism, Molly Worthen argues that those contradictions are the goods of a main issue of authority that lies on the middle 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 really capability. Worthen chronicles the ideological war, institutional clash, and clashes among smooth specialists and maverick disciples that lurk in the back of the extra widespread narrative of the increase of the Christian correct. the result's an bold highbrow historical past that weaves jointly tales from all corners of the evangelical global to give an explanation for the information and personalities-the scholarly pursuits 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 now not through shared doctrines or politics, yet via the matter of reconciling head wisdom and center faith in an more and more secular the US. She indicates that realizing the increase of the Christian correct in basically 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 non secular conservatives and secular liberals, but in addition from the civil conflict inside evangelicalism itself-a conflict over the best way to uphold the instructions of either religion and cause, and the way eventually to guide the kingdom again onto the trail of righteousness.

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