“The study of the religious convictions of self-taught Americans in the early years of the republic reveals how much weight was placed on private judgment and how little on the roles of history, theology, and the collective will of the church.” So writes Nathan Hatch in his assessment of American religion in his excellent… Continue reading No Creeds! (Except What Celebrity Preacher Says)
Some of our readers will no doubt be interested in this book: D. G. Hart, Deconstructing Evangelicalism (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2004). What is it about? Hart gives a summary in the introduction: “My point put simply is that the movement neo-evangelical leaders patched together ended up splintering because it lacked the discipline and rigor of… Continue reading Deconstructing Evangelicalism
Most of the books we blog about here are biblical and/or theological in nature. But since we’ve dabbled in other areas a few times, I thought it would be good to mention one of my favorite novels of all time: The Yearling by Marjorie Rawlings. I read this book after hearing Andrew Peterson’s imaginative song,… Continue reading The Yearling
In this brilliant book that traces the roots of unbelief, agnosticism, and atheism in America, one thing James Turner discusses is how religion moved out of the head and into the heart. In other words – and for better or worse - at one point in American history, belief in God was spoken of as… Continue reading You Ask Me How I Know He Lives?
It is no secret that many of America’s influential founders and leaders weren’t Christians, but deists. Much more could be said about that statement, but I simply want to point our readers to a book that chronicles American religion – specifically the movement from Christianity and deism to atheism between 1700 and 1900. Without God,… Continue reading In (the) God (of Deism) We Trust