- Paperback: 592 pages
- Publisher: Eerdmans; First Printing edition (August 11, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802806511
- ISBN-13: 978-0802806512
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A History of Christianity in the United States and Canada Paperback – August 11, 1992
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Noll has written a very readable textbook. Though dealing with all denominations, it is centered on the rise and decline of Protestant dominance in the United States. Starting from colonial pluralism, Noll shows how Christianity was Americanized by the "great awakening," the Revolution, and other influences. Evangelical America, he says, began to erode during the Civil War and declined further under the influence of modernism and the social gospel. Examining various trends and leaders, Noll predicts that the 20th century will witness a return to pluralism. Though a little weak on the past 40 years, his book is an excellent overview of American church history. Space is given to minority influences, and hymns are used to show the common worshiper's viewpoint. Especially useful and unique is his section on the church in Canada, which provides great comparison value. Recommended for libraries needing a good, basic history of the American church.
- C. Robert Nixon, MLS, Lafayette, Ind.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"An excellent study that will help historians appreciate the importance of Christianity in the history of the United States and Canada."
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Most of it is clearly and concisely written. It does a good job in explaining major differences between denominations in a given time frame. At times, it does become somewhat muddy as the author tries to explain lesser differences between denominations. I believe that is not the result of a lack of skill on the part of the author, but because those differences themselves are muddy.
The author maintains a consistent level of objectivity throughout the book and is not being a flack for any particular religious point of view.