Category Archives: History

Book Write-Up: Toward a Sure Faith

Terry A. Chrisope.  Toward a Sure Faith: J. Gresham Machen and the Dilemma of Biblical Criticism, 1881-1915.  Great Britain: Christian Focus Publications, 2000. J. Gresham Machen was a conservative Christian biblical scholar.  He was a prominent voice during the fundamentalist-modernist … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: The Faiths of the Founding Fathers

David L. Holmes.  The Faiths of the Founding Fathers.  Oxford University Press, 2006. David L. Holmes teaches religious studies at the College of William and Mary.  As the title suggests, The Faiths of the Founding Fathers is about the religious … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: One Holy and Happy Society

Gerald R. McDermott.  One Holy and Happy Society: The Public Theology of Jonathan Edwards.  Pennsylvania State University Press, 1992. This was Gerald McDermott’s first book about eighteenth century American pastor and theologian Jonathan Edwards.  See here and here to read … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: Jonathan Edwards Confronts the Gods

Gerald R. McDermott.  Jonathan Edwards Confronts the Gods: Christian Theology, Enlightenment Religion, and Non-Christian Faiths.  Oxford University Press, 2000. Jonathan Edwards was an eighteenth century pastor and theologian.  Many of you may know him on account of his sermon, “Sinners … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul

John M. Barry.  Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty.  Viking, 2012. This book is about Roger Williams, who started Providence, Rhode Island as a place of religious freedom.  He had … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: Radicals for Capitalism, by Brian Doherty

Brian Doherty.  Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement.  New York: PublicAffairs, 2007. I saw this book several years ago in a public library.  At least I think it was this book—-I know that I … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: Homosexuality and Civilization

Louis Crompton.  Homosexuality and Civilization.  The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2003. I learned of this book from Kevin Brown’s Diglotting blog.  Kevin was discussing his summer reading plans, and he said the following about Crompton’s Homosexuality and Civilization: … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: A History of God, by Karen Armstrong

Karen Armstrong.  A History of God: The 4000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.  New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1994. I just finished a library copy of this book, but I decided to buy a copy for myself.  They run … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: The Faithful Shepherd, by David Hall

David D. Hall.  The Faithful Shepherd: A History of the New England Ministry in the Seventeenth Century.  University of North Carolina Press, 1972. I took Professor Hall for a class on early American religion back when I was a student … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: The Myth of Persecution, by Candida Moss

Candida Moss.  The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom.  New York: HarperOne: 2013. Candida Moss is a professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Notre Dame.  Her book The Myth of Persecution was widely … Continue reading

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