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By Barry Hankins

There's no crew in American society that's extra observed yet so little understood as Evangelical Christians. occasionally brushed off as violent fundamentalists and ignorant flat earthers, few can doubt the political, cultural, and non secular value of the Evangelicals. Barry Hankins places the Evangelical flow in historic standpoint, achieving again to its roots within the nice Awakening of the 18th century and major as much as the formative moments of up to date conservative Protestantism. taking over key issues reminiscent of the status of technology, the authority of scripture, and gender and racial equality, Hankins analyzes what's such a lot crucial for us to appreciate this day approximately this effective flow.

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Rather, they were from common stock and were able to preach salvation in a way that grabbed the attention of common listeners. This “democratization of American Christianity” has continued even to the present, as often preachers who have little formal theological education and are not credentialed by major religious denominations lead the largest megachurches and television ministries. This distinctly democratic feature has helped religion remain influential among the majority of Americans. Common people in America often identify with religion over the dominant institutions of society such as the state, the media, the universities, and corporations.

Religious adaptation to evolutionary development accounted largely for the idea of progress that virtually all western European and American intellectuals adopted in the nineteenth century. Modernist theologians were by no means unusual among academics in their belief that civilization was progressing toward virtual utopia. Modernists simply believed that such progress was part of God revealing himself through culture. Whereas evangelicals believed God revealed himself in scripture and in the person of Christ, modernists believed God revealed himself also in cultural development.

See Boles 45–47 and Bernard Weisberger, They Gathered at the River: The Story of the Great Revivalists and Their Impact upon Religion in America (Boston, Massachusett: Little, Brown, 1958), 24–26. 17. Quoted in Keith J. Hardman, Charles Grandison Finney, 1792–1875: Revivalist and Reformer (Syracuse, New York: Syracuse University Press, 1987), 43. 18. A classic example of the social control school is Paul Johnson, A Shopkeeper’s Millennium: Society and Revivals in Rochester, New York, 1815–1837 (New York: Hill and Wang, 1978), 15–18.

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