Millions of Americans identify themselves as evangelicals. But what does the word mean? For author D. G. Hart, twentieth-century evangelicalism centers on Billy Graham-those in sympathy with him and those reacting to him. In Deconstructing Evangelicalism, D. G. Hart provocatively argues that evangelicalism is a concept that has obscured more of Christianity than it has revealed and should be abandoned as a separate religious identity. Instead, he suggests that American Christians rediscover their rich theological heritage rather than continue to struggle along with ''a minimalist account of the Christian faith.''
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D. G. Hart (Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University) is director of academic projects and faculty development at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute in Wilmington, Delaware. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books.From Publishers Weekly :
Westminster Theological Seminary's Hart is a conservative Presbyterian, but he'd rather not be called an "evangelical." That word, which once upon a time was synonymous with Protestantism in the United States, has come to refer to a broad range of conservative Christianity too broad for Hart's carefully calibrated historical sensibilities. This book is an historical, or more precisely historiographical, argument for the irrelevance of "evangelicalism" as a category of Protestantism in the 21st century. Given new life after World War II by a generation of ex-fundamentalists, the label now is used by scholars and journalists to cover everything from Hart's fellow Orthodox Presbyterians to affluent megachurch attenders and urban Pentecostals. Hart makes a persuasive case that such lumpy thinking obscures as much as it reveals about America's more conservative believers (something similar could be said, of course, for terms like "mainline" and "Catholic"). In a particularly strong chapter on the methods of pollsters, Hart points out that they have set the bar for qualifying as an "evangelical" so low that they undoubtedly exaggerate Americans' devotion to traditional Christianity. Hart's thesis is true as far as it goes, but like some other "deconstructionists" he seems dogmatically unwilling to admit that even imperfect categories can be useful. This book will exhilarate or exasperate readers who have a vested interest in Hart's conclusions; anyone else will wonder what the fuss is about.
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