The Bible Cause: A History of the American Bible Society by John FeaThe Bible Cause: A History of the American Bible Society by John Fea

The Bible Cause: A History of the American Bible Society

byJohn Fea

Hardcover | April 15, 2016

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Founded in 1816 with the goal of distributing copies of the Bible throughout the world, the American Bible Society (ABS) is a seminal institution for American Christians. Endorsed in its time by Francis Scott Key, John Jay, Theodore Roosevelt, Billy Graham, Harry S. Truman and Dwight D.Eisenhower, today the ABS is a ministry based in Philadelphia with a $300 million endowment and a mission to engage 100 million Americans with the Bible by 2025. In The Bible Cause, the first complete history of the ABS in nearly thirty years, noted American historian John Fea demonstrates how thehistory of the ABS has intersected at nearly every point with the history of the United States. For the last two hundred years, the ABS has steadily increased its influence both at home and abroad, working with all Christian denominations in the US and internationally and aligning itself whenever possible with the gatekeepers of American religious culture. Over the years ABS Bibles could befound in hotel rooms, bookstores, and airports; on steamboats, college and university campuses; the Internet; and even behind the Iron Curtain. Its agents, Bibles in hand, could be found on the front lines of every American military conflict from the Mexican-American War to the war in Iraq. Howeverand wherever the United States developed, the ABS was there. Throughout the last two centuries ABS has never wavered in its mission to place the Bible in the hands of as many people as possible, and its commitment to be the guardian of a Christian civilization has been proven many times over.
John Fea is Professor of American History and Chair of the History Department at Messiah College, in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.
Title:The Bible Cause: A History of the American Bible SocietyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 0.03 inPublished:April 15, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190253061

ISBN - 13:9780190253066

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Bible Cause in America2. The American Bible Society3. Towards a Christian Nation4. A Bible For Every American Family5. The Business of Benevolence6. The Bible is the Religion of Protestants7. A Bible House Divided8. Rebuilding a Christian Nation9. The Bible Cause in an Age of Immigration and Expansion10. ABS in the Levant11. The ABS in Mexico12. China13. The ABS and African Americans in the Wake of Reconstruction14. The American Bible Society and the War to End All Wars15. The Bible in Times of Plenty and Want16. Perfect Love Casteth Out Fear17. Bibles, Not Bombs18. Asia19. The Bible and One World20. The Bible Cause at Home in a Post-War World21. God's Word for a New Age22. Catholics23. Good News24. More Good News25. The Bible Cause in the "Worst of Times"26. God and Country27. Engaging the Age of EvangelicalismEpilogue: The Bible Cause in the Twenty-First Century

Editorial Reviews

"In an engaging survey of the American Bible Society, Fea leads us through Bible distribution in ever-widening circles. His expansive sweep highlights dissemination on the U.S. frontier, within the war-ravaged communities of the postbellum American South, and around the globe. He shows howthe Good Book both followed and accompanied U.S. imperial aspirations, and also how its influence motivated believers to see America as a Christian nation united by reverence for the Word." --Laurie Maffly-Kipp, author of Setting Down the Sacred Past: African American Race Histories