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The Episcopalians Paperback – August 1, 2005
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Dr Hein was educated at St Paul's School (Brooklandville, MD), the University of Virginia, and the University of Chicago. At his undergraduate school, UVa, he was elected to membership in the Raven Society and Omicron Delta Kappa; he was, in addition, an Echols Scholar and a Lawn Resident. During the summer following his third undergraduate year, he was an English-Speaking Union Scholar at Oxford University, where he read British literature with the legendary tutor Dorothy Bednarowska.
His PhD thesis became the first of his ten books: "Essays on Lincoln's Faith and Politics" (coauthor with Hans J. Morgenthau; 1983), recently called a "pioneering" study in the Lincoln field by historian Mark Noll. An edited collection, "Religion and Politics in Maryland on the Eve of the Civil War: The Letters of W. Wilkins Davis" (rev. ed., 2009), won an award from the American Association for State and Local History. "The Episcopalians" (2004) was a selection of the History Book Club.
Dr Hein's writings also include more than fifty articles in the Journal of Military History, the Journal of Ecclesiastical History, ARMY, Mississippi Quarterly, and other professional journals. His latest essay is "George Washington and the Patience of Power," Modern Age: A Quarterly Review, Fall 2015.
A well-known historian, David Hein has been interviewed by NBC News, the PBS NewsHour, the Christian Science Monitor, the New York Times, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Associated Press, Religion News Service, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and other media outlets.
In 2000-01 and 2007-08, he served as an interim Dean of the Faculty. Twice he has received his institution's highest faculty award for scholarship and teaching.
In 2011 he was nominated and elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (UK) in recognition of his "original" and "significant" contributions to historical scholarship.
Professor Hein has delivered several endowed lectures, including the Jaak Seynaeve Memorial Lecture at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, in 2012.
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"The Episcopalians" is divided into two parts, namely a history of American Anglicanism/Episcopalianism by chronology, and a biographical history of the major leaders and luminaries in the Church's North American odyssey. Beginning with the antecedent Church of England and its relationship with the expanding Colonial Church, the story progresses through the tribulations of the Anglican Communion during and following the American Revolution, when the inevitable "split" from the Mother Church nearly destroyed the well-established (but "Bishopless") American parishes. With the final post-Independence reorganization of the church into the present day Episcopal Church in America, there followed the trauma of the Civil War, with its attendant near-schism over the issue of slavery (which, in contradistinction to other major American denominations, actually never occurred). History does not paint a very flattering picture of the Southern Churches, many of which were strong opponents of Emancipation; however, the Church survived, albeit wounded and suffering, as was the Nation.Read more ›
Before it became the Protestant Episcopal Church, it was originally the Anglican Church, under the control of the Church of England before the American Revolution. The Episcopal Church is still part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, but no longer under direct control from England. The Anglicans were better established in parts of the southern colonies like Virginia than they were in New England, which was by and large inhabited by colonists who have been labeled either as Puritans or Separatists, those who either had cut off connections with the English Church or wanted to purify its teachings. With Britain's defeat after the American Revolution, American Anglicans had to struggle to survive as a vibrant, active denomination, eventually reorganizing into the Protestant Episcopal Church during the 1780s and 1790s.
The Episcopal Church, like many other denominations, has faced many challenges both external and internal. The Civil War briefly divided the church along sectional lines, social and economic conditions challenged the church to respond to those in need, leading to increased activism on the part of many church leaders, and contentions between conservative theology and more liberal, modernist views have threatened the unity of the church.Read more ›
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An interesting history of the Episcopal Church; a trifle light on the religious aspects. Useful and interesting mini-biographies fill in some of the personalities in the church.Published on August 29, 2013 by Brewster Righter
This is only an average book. It really only spends a few pages on recent history. Half the book is about historical people associated with the church.Published on October 16, 2012 by JBC
This was a well written and complete summary of the history of the Episcopal Church. It was a good refresher for me, especially the early history.Published on October 2, 2012 by Rich F