I have been a fan of James H. Moorhead’s work since I read his American Apocalypse: Yankee Protestants and the Civil War as a graduate student. As the Mary McIntosh Bridge Professor of Church History at Princeton Theological Seminary and the longtime senior editor of the Journal of Presbyterian History, Moorhead has had a stellar career as an American religious historian.
I was thus thrilled to open my mailbox today to find a copy of Moorhead’s latest offering: Princeton Seminary in American Religion and Culture (Eerdmans, 2012). It is a bicentennial history of Princeton Theological Seminary that connects the history of the institution to larger trends in American religious culture. This handsome volume (which includes several sections of glossy photos) comes with endorsements from Ronald White, Mark Valeri, George Marsden, James Bratt, Daniel Walker Howe, Mark Noll, Christine Heyrman, and Richard Carwardine. From what I can tell after spending some time with the book this afternoon, Moorhead’s study is a model for this type of institutional history.
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