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The Columbia Guide to Religion in American History$
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Paul Harvey and Edward Blum

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231140201

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231140201.001.0001

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Evangelicals in American History

Evangelicals in American History

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(p.122) 5. Evangelicals in American History
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The Columbia Guide to Religion in American History
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Douglas A. Sweeney

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231140201.003.0006

This chapter examines the place of evangelicals in American history. The twentieth century witnessed a virtual explosion of evangelicalism that rocked the two-thirds world more powerfully than the West. By the early 1970s, most Christians lived outside the West, a result of evangelical growth that has shifted their churches' center of gravity. Global evangelicalism is now an enormous movement of which American evangelicals comprise a small minority. But Americans have played a larger role than anyone else in spreading evangelical faith around the world. This chapter first considers the contentious issue of defining evangelicalism and proceeds by tracing the origins of modern evangelicalism. It then discusses the modern history of evangelicalism and concludes by analyzing how evangelicals emerged as one of the most important religious movements of our time.

Keywords:   evangelicals, American history, evangelicalism, America, evangelical faith, religious movements

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