Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism

ISBN : 9780199896462

Molly Worthen
376 Pages
163 x 240 mm
Pub date
Nov 2013
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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

About the author: 

Molly Worthen is Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her PhD. from Yale University in 2011. She is the author of The Man on Whom Nothing Was Lost: The Grand Strategy of Charles Hill and is a regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, Christianity Today, and other publications.

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