The Lion and the Lamb: Evangelicals and Catholics in America

Hardcover | August 6, 2004

byWilliam M. Shea

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One of the most intriguing questions in contemporary American Christianity is whether the recent warming of relations between Catholics and conservative evangelicals promises a thaw in the ice age that has lasted since the sixteenth century. American evangelical Protestants and Roman Catholicshave hated and suspected one another since colonial times. In the twentieth century, however, each community has experienced radical change, and this has led to a change in the relationship between the two. In this book William Shea examines the history of this troubled relationship and the signs of potential reconciliation. His springboard is the recent publicity given to the 1993 document Evangelicals and Catholics Together, in which several well-known figures from each camp, acting as individuals,signed a statement affirming much more common theological and social ground than any other American Catholic-evangelical group had ever done. Looking back, Shea surveys the long and very bitter history of published recriminations that have flown back and forth between Catholics and many kinds ofProtestants since the 16th century. He makes the case that Catholics and conservative Protestants reacted along parallel lines to western "modernity" - especially naturalistic evolution and higher criticism of the Bible). That deeper history leads him to the more recent history that has partiallyovercome the severe Catholic-evangelical antagonisms. Here he focuses on the rise of "neo-evangelicals" associated with Billy Graham and the National Association of Evangelicals and on the changes with the Catholic church since Vatican II. He goes on to offer systematic interpretations of recentevangelical literature on Catholics and Catholic literature on evangelicals. The book ends with some historical, but also theological, social and personal conclusions. This accessible, groundbreaking, and timely study will be indispensable reading for all interested in the religious landscape of America today.

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One of the most intriguing questions in contemporary American Christianity is whether the recent warming of relations between Catholics and conservative evangelicals promises a thaw in the ice age that has lasted since the sixteenth century. American evangelical Protestants and Roman Catholicshave hated and suspected one another since ...

William M. Shea is Director of the Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture at the College of the Holy Cross and the author of Naturalists and the Supernatural: Studies in American Philosophy of Religion.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 6.3 × 9.29 × 0.98 inPublished:August 6, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"William Shea's book combines solid history with a powerful theological treatment of the character, idiosyncrasies, sins, and prospects of Catholic-evangelical engagement. Its analysis of 'the Myths' and 'the Outlines' by which evangelical Protestants and Roman Catholics have described eachother over the century is especially compelling. Just as good is Sheas sympathetic, yet still critical, account of recent breakthroughs between some Catholics and some evangelicals. For its general assessment of relations between 'biblical Christianity' (evangelicals) and 'liturgical Christianity'(Catholics), this is a landmark volume."--Mark A. Noll, author of America's God: From Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln