ISBN : 9780199896462
In Apostles of Reason, Molly Worthen offers a sweeping intellectual history of modern American evangelicalism. Traditionally, evangelicalism has been seen as a cohesive-indeed almost monolithic-religious movement. Sometimes, religion drops out of the picture and evangelicalism is treated strictly as a political force. Worthen argues that these views are false. Evangelicalism is, rather, a community of believers preoccupied by shared anxieties. Evangelicals differ from one another on the details of their ideas about God and humankind, but three elemental concerns unite them: how to reconcile faith and reason; how to know Jesus; and how to act on faith in a secularized public square. In combination, under the pressures of modernity, and in the absence of a guiding authority capable of resolving uncertainties and disagreements, these anxieties have shaped evangelicals into a distinctive spiritual community.
Part I: Knights Inerrant
Chapter 1: War and Worldviews
Chapter 2: The Authority Problem
Chapter 3: Fundamentalist Demons
Chapter 4: Reform and Its Discontents
Part II: To Evangelize the World
Chapter 5: Training Up Soul Winners
Chapter 6: The Modern and Anti-Modern in Missions...
Chapter 7: One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church
Part III: Let Them Have Dominion
Chapter 8: The Gospel of Liberation
Chapter 9: Evangelicals' Great Matter
Chapter 10: God's Idea Men
Chapter 11: The Evangelical Imagination at Millennium's End