Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism by Molly WorthenApostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism by Molly Worthen

Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism

byMolly Worthen

Paperback | October 15, 2016

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Evangelical Christianity is a paradox. Evangelicals are radically individualist, but devoted to community and family. They believe in the transformative power of a personal relationship with God, but are wary of religious enthusiasm. They are deeply skeptical of secular reason, but eager tofind scientific proof that the Bible is true. In this groundbreaking history of modern American evangelicalism, Molly Worthen argues that these contradictions are the products of a crisis of authority that lies at the heart of the faith. Evangelicals have never had a single authority to guide them through these dilemmas or settle thetroublesome question of what the Bible actually means. Worthen chronicles the ideological warfare, institutional conflict, and clashes between modern gurus and maverick disciples that lurk behind the more familiar narrative of the rise of the Christian Right. The result is an ambitious intellectualhistory that weaves together stories from all corners of the evangelical world to explain the ideas and personalities-the scholarly ambitions and anti-intellectual impulses-that have made evangelicalism a cultural and political force.In Apostles of Reason, Worthen recasts American evangelicalism as a movement defined not by shared doctrines or politics, but by the problem of reconciling head knowledge and heart religion in an increasingly secular America. She shows that understanding the rise of the Christian Right in purelypolitical terms, as most scholars have done, misses the heart of the story. The culture wars of the late twentieth century emerged not only from the struggle between religious conservatives and secular liberals, but also from the civil war within evangelicalism itself-a battle over how to uphold thecommands of both faith and reason, and how ultimately to lead the nation back onto the path of righteousness.
Molly Worthen is Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 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, Slate, Christianity Today, and other publications.
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Title:Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American EvangelicalismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:October 15, 2016Publisher:OUPLanguage:English

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"Molly Worthen has written a truly important book. Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism is the kind of highly ambitious intellectual history that requires thorough familiarity with the sources, a keen eye for discerning intellectual undercurrents, a gift fortelling a complicated, many faceted story, and, perhaps most importantly, an editorial aptitude for weaving it all together." --National Catholic Reporter