By Molly Worthen
In this groundbreaking heritage of contemporary American evangelicalism, Molly Worthen argues that those contradictions are the goods of a challenge of authority that lies on the middle of the religion. Evangelicals have by no means had a unmarried authority to steer them via those dilemmas or settle the challenging query of what the Bible truly potential. Worthen chronicles the ideological war, institutional clash, and clashes among glossy experts and maverick disciples that lurk at the back of the extra regular narrative of the increase of the Christian correct. the result's an bold highbrow heritage that weaves jointly tales from all corners of the evangelical international to give an explanation for the information 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 circulation outlined no longer via shared doctrines or politics, yet via the matter of reconciling head wisdom and center faith in an more and more secular the USA. She exhibits that knowing the increase of the Christian correct in in basic terms political phrases, as such a lot students have performed, misses the guts 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 tips on how 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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Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism by Molly Worthen