A History of Christianity in the United States and Canada
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A History of Christianity in the United States and Canada

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From the lively severities of the 17th-century Pilgrims and Puritans to the ebullience of the televanglism age, the Christian experience in North America is rich and varied. Noll covers it all in this superb narrative survey. Tracing the growth of Christian belief and institutions and their interactions with culture in the U.S. and Canada from the colonial period to the pr...more
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Dean Moore
I was first surprised at how large a volume it was, but after a few pages, it was hard to put down. Very well written, and it appears to be very thorough. as a interested party to both American history, and Christianity, it has proven to be satisfying on both fronts. It is a big book, and although a textbook, it reads more like a good story. each chapter has a tone to itself, and begins with a hymn or song, of the period to set the tone. The feeling after reading a while is much like the satisfy...more
Matt Root
This is a good and comprehensive exploration of the themes and personalities that have driven Christianity in North America. It is however overly detailed in some sections, giving it a sprawling length (which I understand has been corrected in the author's more recent book on the same topic). At over twenty years old, it is now also best for its understanding of the history until the 1960s, as (as Noll points out on more than one occasion) not enough time had passed to fully understand the impli...more
Taylor Bear
Knoll's task is a difficult one, by any measure--a sweeping overview of Christianity in North America from the time of earliest European settlements. I thought the first three-quarters of the book superior, particularly the sections on the Great Awakenings. As he himself admits towards the end of the book, his treatment of Christianity after the first quarter of the twentieth century is brief (and does, indeed, appear somewhat more rushed than previous sections of the book). All in all, this is...more
thorough, a bit tedious at times. He is careful to cover more than white American men: much text is given to women, people of color, as well as Canadian and Mexican events and people. More of a text book than a casual read.
Daniel Alvers
I found the book to be fantastic and well worth the money and the time it took to get through. It is about 50 bucks and has about 550 pages so beware.
Geoff Smith
Great content (but Canada?). I refer to Noll frequently in my AmHist class. I find Noll is a bit wooden as a writer though.
This was very good. Not a light read, but well researched and with good insights on the significance of the events narrated.
Robert D. Cornwall
I used this book to teach American Church History in the 1990s. It's well written, fair, and covers all the bases!!
Jeff Noble
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Great book for history of Christianity in America...easy to read yet thorough.
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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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