The Search for Christian America
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The Search for Christian America

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"The Search for Christian America" explores key questions raised by the movement asserting the Christian heritage of the U.S. and calling for its recovery. Through careful historical and contemporary analysis, the authors address such issues as: how much Christian action is required to make a whole society Christian; Puritan New England as case study; Christian principles...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published June 1st 1989 by Helmers & Howard Publishers (first published 1983)
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Robert Smith
This book addresses some key issues about the church in America. Is it really biblical or is it a combination of doctrine, Bible and patriotism? It also addresses and stresses the big problem of America being the New Jerusalem. Most of the book is dedicated to showing that America is not the New Jerusalem and falls far short. It dragged in some parts but overall it is worth the read. It is an eye opener for people who were born with the idea that America was a Christian nation and founded as suc...more
Steven Wedgeworth
While there are some helpful correctives to the popular "Christian America" notion, the authors fail to fully define and examine what is meant by the description. They exhibit a lack of familiarity with the classical Protestant understanding of the relationship between religion and politics, and thus continually use a sort of anabaptist framework. They don't want a full-blown anabaptist settlement, and thus they offer a sort of compromised secularism in its place. Much more should be said.
The authors ( Three historians and professors ) ask a series of crucial questions, taking both a historical and contemporary approach, inductively concluding that the United States was not and is not a “Christian Nation.” They point out that even the idea of a Christian nation is ambiguous, but take the meaning “Christian Nation” throughout the book as a state of society reflecting the ideals presented in scripture. The authors address the problem with the assumption of America being a ‘Christia...more
Not quite as good as I was hoping for, given the all-star writing team. The authors spend too much time repeating the same point: that America is not the New Jerusalem. Of course, that's a very important point that should be emphasized...
Overall, though, the book raises important questions: are we mixing patriotism with Christianity? Are we really applying Biblical principles when we make arguments about our "Christian" history as a nation? Have we come to the point where we've confused the chur...more
Aug 05, 2007 jeremy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: patriots
Shelves: fightthepower
Three historians present the facts about the Christian influence on the establishment of America. Fair, critical and probably not the conclusion that religious people or presidents who say "take America back" want to hear.
(p.s. I am no so sure that Blacks and women want to take America back to 1776.)
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"The purpose of this book is to help evangelical Christians learn to think historically. The final chapter should be required reading for all Christian scholars and students...An outstanding book." - Ronald Wells in Christian Scholars Review
A must read for all evangelicals in need of an American Christianity history lesson.
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Mark A. Noll (born 1946), Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame, is a progressive evangelical Christian scholar. In 2005, Noll was named by Time Magazine as one of the twenty-five most influential evangelicals in America. Noll is a prolific author and many of his books have earned considerable acclaim within the academic community. The Scandal of the Evangelical...more
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