"Matthew Bowman masterfully brings a host of religious activists to life, including Sunday school teachers, preachers, reformers, and revivalists. Their cacophonous voices shaped the contours of faith in progressive-era New York City and across the nation. This beautifully written, well-researched, lively, and smart book challenges what we think we know about American Protestant liberalism, evangelicalism, and the relationship between the two." --Matthew Avery Sutton, author of Aimee Semple McPherson and the Resurrection of Christian America
"With impeccable research and clear prose, Matthew Bowman recreates the world of late-nineteenth-century New York Protestantism, rooting both modernists and conservatives in a common evangelical attempt to adapt to the new culture of urban America and find a way to Christianize what had become to them a foreign environment." --John G. Turner, Professor of History, University of South Alabama
"Fundamentalists loom large in the telling of American religious history today, and under their shadow liberalism is often portrayed as a tepid and secularized version of the evangelical tradition, a capitulation to the modern world. This cogent and well-written book shows us something new, an emerging liberal Protestant style that still maintained ties to the old evangelical understanding of salvation and transformation, but in a framework developed to speak to the diverse social realities of turn-of-the-century American culture. Bowman's book is a solid and much-needed exploration of the subtleties of modern Protestantism." --Margaret Bendroth, author of Fundamentalists and the City: Conflict and Division in Boston's Churches, 1885 to 1950
About the Author
received his PhD in American history from Georgetown University in 2011, and is the author of The Mormon People: The Making of An American Faith
(2012). He teaches religion at Hampden Sydney College.