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  • Series: Religion in American Life
  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1St Edition edition (August 8, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195154975
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195154979
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #463,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Oxford's Religion in American Life series brought together top-flight scholars in various disciplines to write short, visually interesting, and well-researched books for the YA market. But why hide one's light under a bushel? Recently, Oxford has been repackaging these same books as grown-up paperbacks, moving the illustrations to an eight-page tip-in and bringing the price below $10. Wheaton College historian Mark Noll offers the latest installment in this Religion in America series, entitled The Work We Have to Do: A History of Protestants in America. This huge topic is covered deftly by Noll, who begins with introductory chapters on who Protestants are and where they come from and then traces their fragmented history through four centuries and dozens of denominations. To aid on this score, Noll includes a very helpful appendix that groups the various Protestant denominations into historical families.
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"Mark Noll's excellent book, The Work We Have to Do, explores the rich history of Protestants and their influence in nearly every aspect of American life....An honest assessment....The chapter on Modern America is particularly compelling for the light it casts on the incredible diversity of practices and beliefs among Protestants today. This book is perfect for those without much prior knowledge of the subject and for pastors wishing for a quick refresher in this chapter of church history." --Pastor Charles Trittin, All Saints Lutheran Church, Eagan, MN, Libraries Alive!



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A great resource to start one out on this topic.
rodboomboom
For those that are interested, Noll includes a fairly substantial bibliography in the back of the book with a number of recommendations for futher reading.
benjamin
In The Work We Have to Do, historian Mark A. Noll recounts the role of Protestantism in shaping American society.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By benjamin on November 22, 2003
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This was a fun, fascinating little book to read. Although it may be short, this little book whets the appetite and leaves the reader wanting more. Mark Noll is one of the most well-known and well-respected scholars of Evangelicalism in the United States and handles his little project here quite well.
Noll breaks up the book into time periods, beginning with a bit about the Protestant Reformation before continuing with pre-1776 American Protestantism; he discusses the Civil War, the rise of so-called Fundamentalism, and ends with discussing secularization and other recent developments. The book is easy reading - one can read it in a few hours - and well worth taking the time to do so, especially in light of the continued presence of religion in American public life.
What I found most fascinating in this book was how American Protestantism groups so quickly divided into more groups because of a lack of government involvement. Whereas in Europe different churches came to be allied with the government of their region, this did not happen in the United States. Instead, a type of individualistic turn took place when Protestantism/s reached America's shores: if you didn't like how your church did it, you simply went off and started another one. Hence, in America there are tens of thousands of Protestant denominations that never existed in Europe.
If you have read Noll's work _The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind_, you will hear echoes of it in his analysis of what exactly Evangelicalism is (and, for that matter, isn't). He writes that Evangelicals have, for most of their history, been fairly skeptical of higher education and taking a more thoughtful approach to the faith; a type of American pragmatism exists within American Evangelicalism.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rodboomboom HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 7, 2003
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How does one cover the history of Prostestants in America in but 133 pages?
Read how Noll pulls this off admirably in this fine text. He sweeps through using main emphases and figures that moved the history along.
His focus is fair from this reviewer's perspective, treating all areas with enthusiasm and interest as they play out their role in this unfolding history.
This is done in four main timeframes: 1607-1789, 1790-1865, 1866-1918, and 1918-. To supplement this there is an chronology, as well as bibiliography with reading suggestions.
Well done! A great resource to start one out on this topic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chandler on April 9, 2003
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It is a tough job to pull church history in America together into a short volume; one will always tend to leave things out. Noll does a decent job in selecting material, but the book suffers from poor writing. There seems to be no real organization to his chapters; they read as loose collections of ideas and paragraph biographies. If the book were reworked, it could be a valuable introduction.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Labarum VINE VOICE on December 7, 2006
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Given the rapidly changing cultural climate, it can be surprising to learn of the dominant position that conservative Protestantism held within the culture a century ago. By dominance I do not mean merely a position of influence within a political party as the "religious right" holds within the GOP today but the acceptance by Americans in general of the faith and morals embodied within Protestantism as foundational principles upon which to base their culture.

In The Work We Have to Do, historian Mark A. Noll recounts the role of Protestantism in shaping American society. Beginning with the migration of Protestant dissidents and later those sympathetic to the established Church of England, Noll does a marvelous job describing how various Protestant groups gained a foothold in the American colonies and their influence on the fledgling republic. Noll gives a vivid account of how the Protestant ethos became so inculturated within the nation that it might seem the line between being an American and being a Protestant became blurred.

Noll then turns to the period of Protestant dominance of the culture in the 19th century. A general optimism abounded and there was a sense that America was destined to play a central role in bringing the Christian faith and Christian culture to the world. This manifested itself in both missionary work and the involvement in voluntary societies designed to create a society in line with Christian truth. He then covers a period of successive trials as the Protestant consensus is threatened by immigration from Catholic Europe and the beginnings of modernist revisions to the Protestant view.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scamp Lumm on January 15, 2005
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Charles Wesley, brother to John, the founder of Methodism, wrote the words to this song in 1750; Charles Wesley wrote many hymns, the most well-known one being "Christ the Lord is Risen Today" which is sung every Easter in churches of various Protestant denominations. The lyrics are based on Leviticus 25:8-17 where G-d dictates to the levitical priests through Moses how the jubilee should be observed. The jubilee year, the fiftieth, was the year 'to proclaim liberty throughout all the land', slaves would be set free, the land to rest. The spirit of this time was to worship, to make the celebration holy, and especially G-d commands that 'ye shall not oppress one another'. On the day of atonement, the tenth day of the seventh month the trumpet would be blown.

Mark Noll explains in his preface that "the title for this book is taken from a prayer by Jonathan Edwards that he spoke in 1747 at the end of a funeral for his friend and student David Brainerd" who worked with American Indians in New England, disciplingteaching them about christianity, and was to be his son-in-law. Jonathan Edwards was educated at Yale, brought up in a Puritan household, was active in the revival movement in America known as "the Great Awakening". This small book is a synopsis of Protestantism in America from the colonies' earliest days to the present. The book reveals the great diversity of Protestant denominations, styles of worship, and the key leaders of Protestant America like Billy Graham, Martin Luther King, Frederick Douglas. From Noll's narrative, you will understand how protestant beliefs and culture were impressed upon our country at various times and in various ways. As Noll's narrative ends, he states in his epilogue, "How can one generalize about Protestants in America?
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