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The last two centuries of American church history are marked by the sweeping movement of evangelicalism and the hermeneutical implications of the Enlightenment. An awareness of the roots of these traditions and the conflicts which grow out of them is essential to understanding modern American Christians and developing effective ministries. The Baker American Church History Collection provides solid footholds for studying evangelicalism, Christian higher education, Christianity and politics, and more. These seven volumes bring together the voices of respected academics like Mark Noll, John Jefferson Davis, and Garth Rosell to summarize and analyze the heritage of the American church.

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Key Features

  • Surveys the major movements of the nineteenth- and twentieth-century American church
  • Analyzes American evangelicalism and the hermeneutical implications of the Enlightenment
  • Provides insight from a variety of church history and theology experts

Individual Titles

The Princeton Theology 1812–1921: Scripture, Science, and Theological Methods from Archibald Alexander to Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield

  • Editor: Mark A Noll
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 352

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Mark A. Noll’s insightful work provides an introduction to the Princeton Theology—a movement that greatly influenced evangelicalism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This anthology includes 31 readings from theologians like Archibald Alexander, Charles Hodge, A. A. Hodge, and B. B. Warfield, ranging from discussions of theological method to reflections on science. This updated edition features a new preface and a substantially augmented bibliography of primary and secondary Princeton sources.

Noll writes, “It is my hope that the anthology can demonstrate what may be gained by studying the Princeton theologians more historically and more dispassionately. Such study can reveal much about the nineteenth century, and it can be useful—as either a model or foil—for those who do Christian theology in the twenty-first century.”

Mark A. Noll is McManis Professor of Christian Thought at Wheaton College, and is the author of The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind and A History of Christianity in the Untied States and Canada.

Foundations of Evangelical Theology

  • Author: John Jefferson Davis
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 1984
  • Pages: 282

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Can the evangelical tradition be adapted to the conditions of modern American life without losing its essential and unique character? John Jefferson Davis believes it can. In Foundations of Evangelical Theology, Davis seeks to help American evangelicalism sharpen its identity and mission. Davis begins by examining the evangelical tradition’s historical roots, and then considers how they affect its theological agenda for the future. He goes on to analyzes the nature and method of evangelical theology, divine revelation, reason, religious experience, Scripture, tradition as theological authority, and the interpretation of Scripture.

John Jefferson Davis is professor of systematic theology and Christian ethics at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he has taught since 1975. He has written and edited numerous volumes, including Worship and the Reality of God: An Evangelical Theology of Real Presence, Evangelical Ethics: Issues facing the Church Today, and The Frontiers of Science and Faith: Examining Questions from the Big Bang to the End of the Universe.

The Christian College: A History of Protestant Higher Education in America, 2nd ed.

  • Author: William C. Ringenberg
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 316

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The Christian College is the first modern comprehensive history of Protestant higher education in America. This second edition updates the history—featuring a new chapter on the developments of the past two decades, a major introduction by Mark Noll, a new preface and epilogue, and a series of instructive appendixes.

A well-researched and informative guide to the institutional history of Protestant liberal arts education in America. . . . It should become a widely read resource on the campuses of the Christian colleges themselves, and it should serve as a valuable fount of information for the general study of American higher education.

—Mark Noll, McManis Professor of Christian Thought, Wheaton College

A valuable resource. Ringenberg’s update, like his earlier work, is comprehensive and thorough, making it essential for anyone who wants an accurate picture of the many dimensions of this growing part of American higher education.

George Marsden, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame

William C. Ringenberg is professor of history at Taylor University. His focus is American religious history, and he has written widely on Christian higher education.

American Evangelism: Its Theology and Practice

  • Author: Darius Salter
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Pages: 408

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Working from the perspective that the church is designed not to do evangelism, but to be evangelism, Darius Salter argues that the American church in particular has failed to be salt and light in the ordinary commerce of every-day affairs. America, once the primary sender of missionaries internationally, is now the recipient of foreign missionaries. Salter’s work surveys and analyzes the history, theory, and theology of American evangelism.

Learning from the past while keeping an eye on the future, Darius Salter brings remarkable perspective to contemporary evangelism in America. A monumental work! For a comprehensive introduction to the study of this subject, well-researched and keenly reasoned, this volume stands at the top of the list.

Robert Coleman, director, School of World Mission and Evangelism, Trinity International University

This may be one of the most comprehensive, and useful, introductory texts on Christian evangelism ever written. Dr. Salter draws from a great vision and from a wider range of literature, and readers who journey with him, page by page, will be instructed, energized, and more equipped for involvement in the Great Commission task.

—George Hunter, dean, E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and Evangelism, Asbury Theological Seminary

Darius Salter’s book is a comprehensive survey of American evangelism—ideal for the student’s understanding of what has happened in this arena. I know of no other current book which covers the subject, American evangelism, so well.

—Chic Shaver, Frank A. and Gladys L. Cooper Professor of Evangelism, Nazarene Theological Seminary

Darius Salter is professor of Christian preaching at Nazarene Theological Seminary. He is the former executive director of the Christian Holiness Association and chairman of the pastoral studies department at Western Evangelical Seminary. He is also the author of What Really Matters in Ministry: A Biblical and Psychological Probe of Pastoral Success.

In God We Trust? Religion and American Political Life

  • Author: Corwin E. Smidt
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 286

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From George Washington to George Bush, religion has historically played an important role and continues to have a significant influence on American civil life and politics. In God We Trust? supplements this fascinating American political story for those interested in exploring the relationship between religion and American politics in greater depth.

Uniquely structured to parallel political science textbooks, In God We Trust? demonstrates the role of religion in relation to the various aspects of America politics. Prominent scholars offer historical perspectives and contemporary insights into the past, present, and future relationship of Christianity and American political life.

In God We Trust? offers anyone interested in relating to Christianity and public life and invaluable basis for understanding the theory and practice of politics from a Christian perspective.

—Stephen P. Hoffman, chair, department of political science, Taylor University

Corwin Smidt has truly assembled an all-star lineup. The studies in In God We Trust? represent a variety of Christian perspectives, and yet are all balanced, nuanced, and carefully presented. The works contained in this collection will provide first-rate introductions to students approaching these topics for the first time and also contain valuable insights for more advanced scholars.

—Ted G. Jelen, professor of political science, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Corwin E. Smidt is the Paul B. Henry Chair of Christianity and Politics and the executive director of the Paul B. Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics at Calvin College.

The Evangelical Moment: The Promise of an American Religion

  • Author: Kenneth J. Collins
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: 288

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Over the past 25 years, the term evangelical has become a household word. But who are today’s evangelicals? Kenneth J. Collins shows that the evangelical movement has never been a front for one particular Christian denomination. Rather, it is a broad movement that encompasses those of many Christian traditions, from Methodists to Presbyterians to Baptists. Collins believes that evangelicals can and should welcome increased cooperation with Catholic and Orthodox Christians on matters of shared concern. However, he believes that evangelicals must first come to terms with an increasingly diverse American religious landscape and forgo dreams of creating a “Christian America.”

Kenneth J. Collins is professor of historical theology and Wesley studies at Asbury Theological seminary.

The Surprising Work of God: Harold John Ockenga, Billy Graham, and the Rebirth of Evangelism

  • Author: Garth M. Rosell
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 288

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The Surprising Work of God tells the story of how America’s mid-twentieth century spiritual awakening became a worldwide Christian movement. This seminal study brings a unique perspective to the history, personalities, and institutions of that period and offers an intimate look at evangelicalism through the window of the life, ministry, and writings of Harold John Ockenga and his long friendship with Billy Graham. Ockenga was pastor of the historic Park Street Congregational Church in Boston and cofounder of Fuller Theological Seminary, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, the National Association of Evangelicals, and Christianity Today. As such, he was a central figure in the birth and development of American neo-evangelicalism. This lively, engaging story will be of value to anyone with an interest in the American church of the last century.

In this thoroughly researched book, Garth Rosell has put flesh on the dry bones of history. His deep immersion in the rich records left by Harold John Ockenga brings to life the critical developments that forged the modern evangelical movement. The result is a most valuable book.

—Mark Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame

The story of post-World War II evangelicalism, and of Harold Ockenga’s role in its reconstruction, is here told with an insider’s understanding, a historian’s eye for detail, and diligence in the use of original sources. Rosell has ploughed fresh ground and has given us ways of looking at all of these events that are fresh, authentic, and helpful.

—David F. Wells, Andrew Mutch Distinguished Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

This is insiders’ history at its best. Not only is Garth Rosell a truly first-rate historian but he has also lived through many of the events he recounts. His front-row seat within the theater of post-war evangelicalism combined with careful work in little-known manuscript materials has yielded an accurate, vivid account of the evangelical movement’s twentieth-century revival. This book is real treasure—must reading for all who care about American religion.

Douglas A. Sweeney, associate professor of church history and the history of Christian thought, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Garth M. Rosell is professor of church history at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he has taught since 1978, and former director of the Ockenga Institute.

Product Details

  • Title: Baker American Church History Collection
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Volumes: 7
  • Pages: 2,220