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Apostles of Reason : The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism, Hardback Book


In Apostles of Reason, Molly Worthen offers a sweeping intellectual history of modern American evangelicalism.

Traditionally, evangelicalism has been seen as a cohesive-indeed almost monolithic-religious movement.

Sometimes, religion drops out of the picture and evangelicalism is treated strictly as a political force.

Worthen argues that these views are false. Evangelicalism is, rather, a community of believers preoccupied by shared anxieties.

Evangelicalsdiffer from one another on the details of their ideas about God and humankind, but three elemental concerns unite them: how to reconcile faith and reason; how to know Jesus; and how to act on faith in a secularized public square.

In combination, under the pressures of modernity, and in the absence of aguiding authority capable of resolving uncertainties and disagreements, these anxieties have shaped evangelicals into a distinctive spiritual community.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 376 pages, 3 illustrations
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
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  • Category: History of the Americas
  • ISBN: 9780199896462


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