I first read historian Paul E. Johnson’s 1978 book A Shopkeeper’s Millennium: Society and Revivals in Rochester, New York, 1815-1837 in 1989 while I was studying church history at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Johnson argued that evangelical religion in Rochester, […]
A lot of people in the media today, especially those in the Trump camp, are talking about American greatness. Many evangelical Christians, who last time I checked believed in the existence of human sin, want to ignore their country’s past […]
Watch Christian speaker and author Os Guinness deliver a speech titled 1776 vs. 1789: the Roots of the Present Crisis. It is part of an event hosted by the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. Someone sent it to me […]
Theologian and church historian Donald W. Dayton has died. While I was a student at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School pursuing an M.A. in American church history, I read a lot of Dayton. As a young evangelical, I was passionate about […]
Over at Religion and Politics, Eric C. Miller talks with historian Mark Noll about the definition of evangelicalism. Noll is the editor of a recent book on the subject (co-authored with George Marsden and David Bebbington) titled Evangelicals: Who They Have […]
“I am an evangelical Christian, so it was nice to hear a lecture about evangelicalism that was not related to contemporary politics.” This was our intern Annie Thorn‘s response to Bruce Hindmarsh’s lecture “John Wesley, Early Evangelicalism, and Science.” Hindmarsh, […]
It was published today at Religion News Service. Read it here. The signers: Amy Julia Becker, author and speaker Dale Hanson Bourke, author Mae Elise Cannon, author and executive director of Churches for Middle East Peace Rob Dalrymple, author and […]
Back in 2015 I joined George Marsden, Mark Noll, and Tracy McKenzie to discuss this topic at a conference on racial reconciliation hosted by Wheaton College. You can watch the conversation here: [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQRfOkN7Aaw&w=560&h=315] I wrote about this conference in Believe […]
As many readers of The Way of Improvement Leads Home know, I am not a cradle evangelical. I spent the first sixteen years of my life as a Roman Catholic. I had a conversion experience as a sophomore in high […]
I spent Monday night at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, Massachusetts (Boston-area). Thanks to Gordon-Conwell president Dennis Hollinger for the invitation and Mary Ann Hollinger for her hospitality. The Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life sponsored conversation on […]
Some of the readers of The Way of Improvement Leads Home blog will recognize the name George Marsden. He is the author of many award-winning books on American religious history and higher education including Fundamentalism and American Culture, Reforming Fundamentalism, The Soul […]
George Marsden teaches us all an important lesson in historical empathy. Here is a taste of his guest post at The Anxious Bench: For those who are (as I am) puzzled and sometimes troubled by how so many fellow believers […]
Don’t forget to pre-order at Hearts and Minds Books. Believe Me will be released on June 28, 2018.
Daniel Silliman, tweeter extraordinaire, got this photo at today’s conference honoring Mark Noll.
Read Part 1 of this series here. Read Gerson’s Atlantic piece here. Anyone who reads my work knows that I am a big fan of George Marsden‘s essay “Human Depravity: A Neglected Explanatory Category” in Wilfred McClay’s ed., Figures in the Carpet: Finding […]
Mark Labberton is president of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. If you have never heard of Fuller, I encourage you to read George Marsden’s history of the school: Reforming Fundamentalism: Fuller Seminary and the New Evangelicalism. In a letter to […]
A few years ago I had the privilege of talking about Christian America at a conference on racial reconciliation at Wheaton College. It was a great honor to join Mark Noll, Tracy McKenzie, and George Marsden on the stage. […]
Congratulations, George Marsden! Here is the University of Notre Dame press release: George Marsden, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History emeritus at the University of Notre Dame, has been elected a member of the 2016 class of the American Academy […]
Over at The Gospel Coalition, Justin Taylor interviews George Marsden about his new book C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity: A Biography (Princeton University Press, 2016). Marsden’s book is part of Princeton’s “Lives of Great Religious Books” series. Here is a taste of the […]
Yesterday I posted an image of Calvin College’s “Beatles.” They are Nicholas Wolterstorff, Alvin Plantinga, George Marsden, and Richard Mouw. You can now listen to the talks that (I am guessing) inspired the cartoon. Click here.