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The Urban Pulpit: New York City and the Fate of Liberal Evangelicalism Hardcover – March 4, 2014

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (March 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199977607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199977604
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.3 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,253,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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

Matthew Bowman 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.

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Format: Hardcover
New York City is indeed a sexy place. Since my wife is from the northern part of New Jersey, I have made many trips into the Big Apple. It never disappoints, but that is the least for Christians.

Bowman has written a wonderful book on the temptations and trials of Christians who tried to keep pace with the city who could offer an alternative religion of sorts. And the religion New York City had to offer (and still does) can seem more compelling than the one that offers a set of beliefs and a Person who has not been seen for 2000 years.

Read about the struggle to make sense of the Christian faith amidst the city that never sleeps. There is much for us Christians to consider in this well-written book.
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