The Old Religion in a New World: The History of North American Christianity

The Old Religion in a New World: The History of North American Christianity Mark A. Noll
  • Title: The Old Religion in a New World: The History of North American Christianity
  • Author: Mark A. Noll
  • ISBN: 9780802849489
  • Page: 398
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Old Religion in a New World: The History of North American Christianity Mark A. Noll The Old Religion in a New World The History of North American Christianity One of our foremost historians of religion here chronicles the arrival of Christianity in the New World tracing the turning points in the development of the immigrant church that have led to today s
    One of our foremost historians of religion here chronicles the arrival of Christianity in the New World, tracing the turning points in the development of the immigrant church that have led to today s distinctly American faith.Taking a unique approach to this fascinating subject, Noll focuses on what was new about organized Christian religion on the American continent by coOne of our foremost historians of religion here chronicles the arrival of Christianity in the New World, tracing the turning points in the development of the immigrant church that have led to today s distinctly American faith.Taking a unique approach to this fascinating subject, Noll focuses on what was new about organized Christian religion on the American continent by comparison with European Christianity In doing so, Noll provides a broad outline of the major events in the history of the Christian churches that have filled North America with such remarkable vitality and diversity He also highlights some of the most important interpretive issues in the transfer of the hereditary religion of Europe to America.
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    About Mark A. Noll


    1. Mark A Noll born 1946 , Francis A McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame, is a progressive evangelical Christian scholar In 2005, Noll was named by Time Magazine as one of the twenty five most influential evangelicals in America Noll is a prolific author and many of his books have earned considerable acclaim within the academic community The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind, a book about the anti intellectual tendencies within the American evangelical movement, was featured in a cover story in the popular American literary and cultural magazine, Atlantic Monthly He was awarded a National Humanities Medal in the Oval Office by President George W Bush in 2006.


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    1. I didn t know what to expect from this book but I really, really enjoyed it I found it to be thorough yet not boring fair and objective and short enough that it didn t take forever to get through I bet if you read it you will see many of your own historical denominations characteristics too A few quotes p 12 the most obvious reason why the history of Christianity in Canada and the United States differs from the history of Christianity in Europe is that North America is so much bigger than Europe [...]

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    2. Mark Noll is at it again with an effortless survey of Christianity in North America Noll reminds us that Christianity in North America is an import religion, with very few distinctly American denominations The religion of America is truly an old religion in a new world However, over time, the old religion takes on distinctly American features due in large measure to issues such as space North America is a big place with room for religious groups to spread out , pluralism religious freedom has pr [...]

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    3. I read this for a class at Southern Seminary I took for post graduate study on the history of the Church in America It was a great book and a interesting study.

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    4. Christianity is not native to North America It s a faith that was brought here, immigrated here, changed here.Take that last one however you will The Christianity of Europe and the Middle East may have come across the Atlantic, but what grew up on the land of the United States, Canada, and Mexico was something else Something different.How did that happen What did this new brand of Christianity do to these developing nations Or to the nations that were here before What have they done to the world [...]

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    5. This book is excellent for what it does describing the history of Christianity in America in relation to its roots in Europe and its continuing interaction with Europe That is what the book is Here is what the book is not 1 It is not an exhaustive survey of the history of Christianity in America Nor does it claim to be The author has a different book if you are interested in that 2 It is not a history of American religion It is focused solely on Christianity There are other books that discuss th [...]

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    6. Very easy to read introduction to the history of Christianity in the United States The major movements and figures are presented with enough detail to be understood The book is very helpful with it s timelines and bibliographies Excellent place to start if you want to dig further at this topic Pastors will find this a very helpful volume in exploring the realities of faith in the American context Noll s treatment of Lutheran church issues is helpful The only drawback is that as this book is now [...]

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    7. This was a required read for Religion in America at school It s a rough read Lots of names and dates and too much to rap your head around Definitely not an enjoyable read by any means.

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    8. This book is severely hamstrung by the American and Christian centric views of the author The title is the first indication of what I mean If you google the phrase old religion, you will find that it refers to Paganism But Noll either doesn t know or doesn t care and so has very misleadingly titled his book Nor is the book really about North American Christianity Canadian and Mexican Christianities are given only a cursory glance.This kind of bias mars the rest of the book as well The attempted [...]

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    9. In this book, Mark Noll addresses the questions of how American Christianity differs from its European roots and why It makes for a good read Besides the obvious differences of Europe having state churches for centuries, Noll looks to other major differences, including geography, diversity, race and ethnicity, and political thought He does a great job of condensing a lot of history and theology into less than 300 pages While the book is short for the broad scope it embraces, it doesn t feel too [...]

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    10. A nice overview, not as detailed as his earlier history of Christianity in American and Canada, but still full of delightful insights and it works hard at addressing larger ideas Together Bonhoeffer, Blaser, and Siebald point to the fact that Christianity in America is so intermingled with democratic, voluntaristic, and innovative aspects of American society that modern European models of a traditional church opposed by elite secular intellectuals in league with a sovereign state simply do not a [...]

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    11. Christianity in America is so intermingled with democratic, voluntaristic, and innovative aspects of American society that modern European models of a traditional church opposed by elite secular intellectuals in league with the sovereign state simply do not apply A history of Christianity in America provides many details to illustrate how this religious situation has pointed sometimes to Christian integrity, sometimes to the ironic loss of Christian integrity Not historical scholarship but an ab [...]

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    12. Fantastic book The author went beyond recounting the witch trials and Great Awakenings and blah, blah, blah to dig into the context of Christianity in the US I recognize that few others are as fascinated by this as I am, but I just soaked it up.The author is a professor at the evangelical Wheaton College, and his perspective bias definitely was evident Plus he just skimmed right over pesky topics like missionary work among the Native Americans and only gave a nod to black churches But he really [...]

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    13. A very dense but thorough book of American religious history, the movements that define it, and the individuals who shaped it Definitely a book to have on hand as both reading and reference material The only reason I gave it four stars is I feel I didn t get as much out of it as a layperson I loved all of the information in it, though I wish I had background in American theologists Perhaps a good book for me to revisit at some time in the future after study.

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    14. Noll is an exceptional writer that takes the potentially boring topic of Church history in America and makes it applicable and interesting Where this book does lack is that it focuses on the historical aspects and is a little thin on the Theological This is a academic work that his well known Turning Points and as a result Noll makes assumptions about his readers background of the theological I highly recommend this excellent overview of the Church in America.

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    15. I read this book for a graduate level course and found it highly engaging There are some very insightful observations regarding the religion and culture of young America It is thought provoking to consider what religious establishments flourished in the colonies and why It helps the reader to consider what makes certain denominations attractive than others, and what role our culture and world view plays in that.

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    16. This book tells the story of Christianity in North America, particularly the United States It is an overall history, from colonial times to the present Although much of the material is available elsewhere, the book is comprehensive and brings together the history, providing an excellent guide to the beginner or the advanced student.

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    17. A balanced and well written overview of the Christian religion in North America from it s arrival to the year 2000 Noll moves at a pace which provides ample detail yet continual re engagement with new material He is neither needlessly complex nor casually brief.

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    18. A concise overview from one of the top historians of the subject, this book hits the highlights of the story of Christianity in America to explore how and even why the American contexts remake Christianity again and again.

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    19. This is a great book that educates us on early American Christianity, when the colonies were first formed.

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    20. Anything by Mark Noll is grrrrreat, and this book was no exception.

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    21. If you are interested in the history of Christianity in North America, you can read this as an option

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    22. Helpful in analyzing what made American Christianity distinct from its Old World parents.

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