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Starred Review. Lindsay, a sociologist at Rice University who has previously worked with pollster George Gallup Jr., looks at the rise of evangelical Christian influence in the spheres of power of American public life: political, intellectual, cultural and economic. Based on interviews with 360 leaders from these spheres, including two former presidents, as well as a command of what everybody else has heretofore written, Lindsay demonstrates how over the past two decades evangelicals have moved into positions of great influence. From a sociological point of view, their path to power is easy to discern through networks of relationships or institutions that have seeded larger political and economic institutions. This growing network has produced new leaders whose ideas and actions are motivated by their Christianity. The interviews allow Lindsay to cite numerous examples that make his point persuasively. He is a sympathetic observer who understands that evangelicalism is as reformist as any other movement that has ascended to power in America. Yet he also understands that evangelicalism has made accommodation to the larger public life it seeks to reform, a tension he calls elastic orthodoxy. This important work should be required reading for anyone who wants to opine publicly on what American evangelicals are really up to. (Oct.)
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"A clear-eyed, evenhanded analysis of evangelical influence that dispenses with overheated fears of theocracy to present a complex and nuanced portrait."
"Faith in the Halls of Power provides an extraordinary map of faith and power today." --Joseph Kip Kosek, Journal of the American Academy of Religion
A very comprehensive work. A catalyst for extensive discussion of evangelicals in American society. Read morePublished on March 29, 2010 by Frank H. Tranzow
Lindsay presents a well-researched message for anyone interested in the evangelical community and its influence in universities, business, and politics. Read morePublished on November 24, 2009 by Evangelical Scholar
I have only read the first 20 pages. I wonder at this point if he will discuss the reality that people talk "religious talk" while at the same time motivated more for public... Read morePublished on June 19, 2008 by Owen F. Ireland
Influence - funny word, interesting concept. Michael Lindsay, professor at Rice University, examines the idea of cultural influence and how evangelicals - those who would say they... Read morePublished on March 26, 2008 by Dan Panetti
This extensively researched book by Lindsay exposes the many misconceptions concerning those who identify themselves as evangelicals in Christian faith. Read morePublished on March 21, 2008 by David L. Neidert
Having been touted in the Wall Street Journal and published by Oxford University Press, Faith in the Halls of Power by D. Read morePublished on February 18, 2008 by Ralph Drollinger
Three years of research brings an excellent, well needed work to the subject of the influence of evangelical Christians in American society. D. Read morePublished on November 19, 2007 by David