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Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America 4th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0195300468
ISBN-10: 0195300467
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From Publishers Weekly

The variegated forms of popular evangelicalism--fundamentalist, charismatic, Pentecostal--are investigated in this well-researched study. As Balmer, professor of religion at Columbia University, crisscrosses the country visiting a Dallas seminary, an Episcopal Indian settlement, a bible camp in the Adirondacks, an evangelical filmmaker, he explores not only the depth and variety of the appeal of American evangelicalism, but also his own ambivalence springing from his early grounding "in the protective cocoon of this subculture." A personal journal of discovery as well as a substantial social history, the book presents men and women who, in their stories, render a collage of a religious movement.
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Balmer here presents a cross section of modern evangelical Christianity in America in 11 chapters, each sketching some aspect of this world from church camps and seminaries to missions and tent meetings. Every chapter is a narrative account of the author's experiences and conversations plus his own interpretations. Balmer (religion, Columbia Univ.) also gives historical and theological background when it is needed. Balmer grew up in the evangelical world, but his presentation is very even-handed; he is neither defending nor vilifying. Rather, he is trying to give his readers a feel for this very American tradition with a look at both the insights and problems that make this subculture so fascinating. Recommended for public libraries.
- C. Robert Nixon, M.L.S., Lafayette, Ind.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 4 edition (April 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195300467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195300468
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.8 x 5.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #726,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 17, 2000
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This is a great, affirming book. It's really about a spiritual search, and the author does a great job relating the conflicting passions of modern evangelicals (desire for safety, certainty, security, in a rapidly changing and apparently [to them at least] amoral world) and, in the final chapter relates them to the original protestant vision articulated by Luther and others and to his own struggles with the culture. As he points out through interviews "it's really a lover's quarrel," but one with profound implications for day to day religious belief.
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In this book, Balmer chronicles his journey across America encountering various Christian evangelicals. Each chapter describes a specific encounter such as a Billy Graham crusade, a visit to Jimmy Swaggart's ministry, the artwork of Thomas Kinkade, the Christian Booksellers Association convention, etc.

This book gives interesting perspectives on the evangelical movement, and perhaps allows evangelicals themselves to see how the rest of the world perceives their witness. However, much of the book was written in the 80's and early 90's and so now is somewhat dated, more of a historical retrospective than a description of the current evangelical movement.
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Randall Balmer's widely recognized (in its fourth printing) "Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory" lives up to its well-earned reputation. In this excellent book, Balmer takes the reader on a tour of US Evangelism with visits to or with:

* The Calvary Chapel (Santa Ana, CA.), the home of Chuck Smith who revolutionized evangelism by reaching out to the "disillusioned of the 1960s
* The Dallas Theological Seminary, a fortress of evangelical and fundamentalist orthodoxy, and Darby's rapture
* Filmmaker Donald Thompson, maker of Christian Films
* The Capstone Cathedral (Phoenix, AZ.), the home of evangelist and healer Neal Frisby
* The Word of Life Fellowship youth camp, home of Adirondack Fundamentalism
* The Church of the King (North Valdosta, GA), a charismatic church that merged with the Episcopal Church, starting a charismatic renewal
* The Multnomah School of the Bible (Oregon) and its doctrine of the end times
* The Right to Life movement in Iowa
* John Perkins, founder of Mendenhall Ministries, who returned to his native Mississippi to break the cycle of poverty, despair, and oppression of blacks
* The Christian Booksellers Association's annual convention (Bibles are a big business)
* Father Innocent Good House, a Sioux Indian, and pastor of St. Luke's Episcopal Church (Fort Yates, ND) on the resistance of evangelicals to the integration of Christianity with the Indian's native religions
* Camp Freedom, an adult faith camp (St. Petersburg, FL.) and the holiness tradition.
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This book will make you think. The book is being used as reading material for my daughter's college course in religions. We bought it early and I read it during her break. The author states upfront that he will try to remain unbiased. I believe that for the most part he does. Each chapter is on a different person or organization that could claim to be evangelical. I found it very interesting and enlightenling to see the beliefs of these organizations. Some of my preconceived thinking was changed and some reinforced. The book was easy to read and not at all like a textbook. Since most of the book was written in the late 1980's, I was able to go on the internet and see the status of the people and organizations today.
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Balmer uses his sociological skills to identify what has turned into an ingrown subculture. Evangelicalism had a great start with major contributions to Western culture and art. Now, there have been a lot of positive trends, but it doesn't get past its own confines. Balmer would like to see it return to its former glory. I don't agree with him that liberalism is the answer, but evangelicalism at one time produced great art that inspired new directions in living, via its music, that we could really use some more of.
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