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The Evangelicals by Frances FitzGerald
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it was amazing
bookshelves: history-american, history-religion, religion-america

A very in-depth look at the rise of Evangelicalism in US history. Fitzgerald takes us from the Great Awakenings of the 18th and 19th centuries through the election of Donald Trump in 2016, analyzing the creation, splits, and unions of various sects and denominations as well as other organizations that arose as evangelicals and fundamentalists became more engaged in politics.

I believe it is a very balanced and fair look at the various people and groups. I was familiar with much of the history, where there were surprises for me were in the diversity of evangelical voices which have emerged in the last 15 years or so. The demography is changing and many of the most vocal leaders have died or retired making room for new voices. The support of Trump by conservative religious people is confounding to me and Fitzgerald proposes some possible explanations. The upcoming election in 2020 will be nothing if not interesting.

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Reading Progress

February 3, 2018 – Shelved
February 26, 2019 – Started Reading
February 26, 2019 –
page 115
February 28, 2019 –
page 155
March 3, 2019 –
page 245
March 5, 2019 –
page 320
March 8, 2019 –
page 430
March 10, 2019 –
page 505
March 12, 2019 – Finished Reading

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