The Bible has always been central to evangelicalism, though history shows that this biblicism was not always positively biblical. In this collection of historical studies, many theologians and historians dig deeper into the many uses that evangelicals have had of the Bible from the 1730s until present day.
The unique thing about this book is that we get a glimpse into different eras, nations, races, and age groups as to how they have viewed the Bible and how this has impacted their use of it and their own Christian lives and values. Beginning in the 18th century, the essays begin with a look at evangelical preachers during the American Revolution as well as an examination of faith and biblical reasoning in the thought of Jonathan Edwards. In the 19th century, the issue of the misuses of Scripture for pro-slavery causes is discussed, as well as a rise in Children’s Bible culture and the Sunday School movement. Much of the issues in the 20th century center around liberal evangelicals and biblical criticism. There is also a whole chapter discussing the American Patriot’s Bible in the early 21st century and the changes in the evangelical mind in history and in a global context.
There are many other topics surrounding evangelicals and the Bible written about in this book, and if you are a fan of history and the Bible, this is a great book for you. Like I mentioned earlier, you’ll find both uses and abuses of the Bible over our recent historical past, and this book does not hide any blemishes. At the same time, this collection of studies will give any reader (history buff or not), a better understanding of the history of Evangelicalism, as we all learn to faithfully and biblically live in our time and era.
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