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Evangelicalism : An Americanized Christianity

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Most forms of religion are best understood in the con- text of their relationship with the surrounding culture. This may be particularly true in the United States. Certainly immigrant Catholicism became Americanized; mainstream Protestantism accommodated itself to the modern world; and Reform Judaism is at home in American society. In Evangelicalism, Richard Kyle explores paradoxical adjustments and transformations in the relationship between conservative Protestant Evangelicalism and contemporary American culture.Evangelicals have resisted many aspects of the modern world, but Kyle focuses on what he considers their romance with popular culture. Kyle sees this as an Americanized Christianity rather than a Christian America, but the two are so intertwined that it is difficult to discern the difference between them. Instead, in what has become a vicious self-serving cycle, Evangelicals have baptized and sanctified secular culture in order to be considered culturally relevant, thus increasing their numbers and success within abundantly populous and populist-driven American society. In doing so, Evangelicalism has become a middle-class movement, one that dominates America's culture, and unabashedly populist.Many Evangelicals view America as God's chosen nation, thus sanctifying American culture, consumerism, and middle-class values. Kyle believes Evangelicals have served themselves well in consciously and deliberately adjusting their faith to popular culture. Yet he also thinks Evangelicals may have compromised themselves and their future in the process, so heavily borrowing from the popular culture that in many respects the Evangelical subculture has become secularism with a light gilding of Christianity. If so, he asks, can Evangelicalism survive its own popularity and reaffirm its religious origins, or will it assimilate and be absorbed into what was once known as the Great American Melting Pot of religions and cultures? Will the Gospel of the American dream ultimately engulf and destroy the Gospel of Evangelical success in America?This thoughtful and thought-provoking volume will interest anyone concerned with the modern-day success of the Evangelical movement in America and the aspirations and fate of its faithful.show more

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  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 160 x 236.2 x 33mm | 680.4g
  • Taylor & Francis Inc
  • Transaction Publishers
  • Somerset, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0765803240
  • 9780765803245
  • 2,209,219

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-Evangelicalism: An Americanized Christianity should disturb Catholic pastors not just because -evangelicalism is the most dynamic and growth-oriented segment of American religion,- but because his description of evangelicalism is also applicable to many Catholics, especially those in the southern half of the contiguous United States.- --Mark G. Boyer, The Priest -Richard Kyle brings an unusual combination of theological, historical and social analytical expertise to the study of American evangelicalism. Kyle sees the evangelical movement as rich in paradox and irony, as it took its historical course from nineteenth century dominance, to twentieth century marginalization, to its spectacular recent re-emergence. The price of the movement's contemporary success, Kyle says, may be its capitulation to the ways of modern mass American society. This book is a highly informative warning. Americanized evangelical Christianity may be losing its soul and compromising the core of the gospel.- --James C. Juhnke -American Evangelical Protestantism, though still not well understood, is now, through its political clout, one of the most important ideological shapers of the modern world. But how is it to be interpreted? What are its historical roots, and what are its contemporary cultural characteristics? These are the themes of Richard Kyle's authoritative and readable book.....the best general account of the historical roots and contemporary characteristics of this complex phenomenon.- --David Hempton, Times Literary Supplement (TLS) UK -...engages in a sustained critique of the contemporary movement. Evangelicalism has capitulated, he argues, to the forces of Americanism-individualism, pragmatism, populism, democracy, free enterprise, and so on. In trying to convey the gospel to the United States, the movement has assimilated the values of the nation.- --David Bebbington, Books and Culture -Unlike many authors who have rushed into print to describe 'evangelical' Christianity, Richard Kyle is a veteran exceedingly very well-steeped in the controversies, complexities, and historical development of evangelical movements. Kyle's seasoned perspective shows in the insightful perspectives of this careful book. . . . Kyle's volume is now the best general account of the history, as well as the contemporary cultural and political manifestations of the United States's most numerous, yet also most complicated, religious movement.- --Mark A. Noll, author of America's God: from Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln "Evangelicalism: An Americanized Christianity should disturb Catholic pastors not just because "evangelicalism is the most dynamic and growth-oriented segment of American religion," but because his description of evangelicalism is also applicable to many Catholics, especially those in the southern half of the contiguous United States." --Mark G. Boyer, The Priest "Richard Kyle brings an unusual combination of theological, historical and social analytical expertise to the study of American evangelicalism. Kyle sees the evangelical movement as rich in paradox and irony, as it took its historical course from nineteenth century dominance, to twentieth century marginalization, to its spectacular recent re-emergence. The price of the movement's contemporary success, Kyle says, may be its capitulation to the ways of modern mass American society. This book is a highly informative warning. Americanized evangelical Christianity may be losing its soul and compromising the core of the gospel." --James C. Juhnke "American Evangelical Protestantism, though still not well understood, is now, through its political clout, one of the most important ideological shapers of the modern world. But how is it to be interpreted? What are its historical roots, and what are its contemporary cultural characteristics? These are the themes of Richard Kyle's authoritative and readable book.....the best general account of the historical roots and contemporary characteristics of this complex phenomenon." --David Hempton, Times Literary Supplement (TLS) UK ..".engages in a sustained critique of the contemporary movement. Evangelicalism has capitulated, he argues, to the forces of Americanism-individualism, pragmatism, populism, democracy, free enterprise, and so on. In trying to convey the gospel to the United States, the movement has assimilated the values of the nation." --David Bebbington, Books and Culture "Unlike many authors who have rushed into print to describe 'evangelical' Christianity, Richard Kyle is a veteran exceedingly very well-steeped in the controversies, complexities, and historical development of evangelical movements. Kyle's seasoned perspective shows in the insightful perspectives of this careful book. . . . Kyle's volume is now the best general account of the history, as well as the contemporary cultural and political manifestations of the United States's most numerous, yet also most complicated, religious movement." --Mark A. Noll, author of America's God: from Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln "Evangelicalism: An Americanized Christianity should disturb Catholic pastors not just because "evangelicalism is the most dynamic and growth-oriented segment of American religion," but because his description of evangelicalism is also applicable to many Catholics, especially those in the southern half of the contiguous United States." --Mark G. Boyer, The Priest "Richard Kyle brings an unusual combination of theological, historical and social analytical expertise to the study of American evangelicalism. Kyle sees the evangelical movement as rich in paradox and irony, as it took its historical course from nineteenth century dominance, to twentieth century marginalization, to its spectacular recent re-emergence. The price of the movement's contemporary success, Kyle says, may be its capitulation to the ways of modern mass American society. This book is a highly informative warning. Americanized evangelical Christianity may be losing its soul and compromising the core of the gospel." --James C. Juhnke "American Evangelical Protestantism, though still not well understood, is now, through its political clout, one of the most important ideological shapers of the modern world. But how is it to be interpreted? What are its historical roots, and what are its contemporary cultural characteristics? These are the themes of Richard Kyle's authoritative and readable book.....the best general account of the historical roots and contemporary characteristics of this complex phenomenon." --David Hempton, Times Literary Supplement (TLS) UK ..".engages in a sustained critique of the contemporary movement. Evangelicalism has capitulated, he argues, to the forces of Americanism-individualism, pragmatism, populism, democracy, free enterprise, and so on. In trying to convey the gospel to the United States, the movement has assimilated the values of the nation." --David Bebbington, Books and Culture "Unlike many authors who have rushed into print to describe 'evangelical' Christianity, Richard Kyle is a veteran exceedingly very well-steeped in the controversies, complexities, and historical development of evangelical movements. Kyle's seasoned perspective shows in the insightful perspectives of this careful book. . . . Kyle's volume is now the best general account of the history, as well as the contemporary cultural and political manifestations of the United States's most numerous, yet also most complicated, religious movement." --Mark A. Noll, author of America's God: from Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln "Evangelicalism: An Americanized Christianity should disturb Catholic pastors not just because "evangelicalism is the most dynamic and growth-oriented segment of American religion," but because his description of evangelicalism is also applicable to many Catholics, especially those in the southern half of the contiguous United States." --Mark G. Boyer, The Priest "Richard Kyle brings an unusual combination of theological, historical and social analytical expertise to the study of American evangelicalism. Kyle sees the evangelical movement as rich in paradox and irony, as it took its historical course from nineteenth century dominance, to twentieth century marginalization, to its spectacular recent re-emergence. The price of the movement's contemporary success, Kyle says, may be its capitulation to the ways of modern mass American society. This book is a highly informative warning. Americanized evangelical Christianity may be losing its soul and compromising the core of the gospel." --James C. Juhnke "American Evangelical Protestantism, though still not well understood, is now, through its political clout, one of the most important ideological shapers of the modern world. But how is it to be interpreted? What are its historical roots, and what are its contemporary cultural characteristics? These are the themes of Richard Kyle's authoritative and readable book.....the best general account of the historical roots and contemporary characteristics of this complex phenomenon." --David Hempton, Times Literary Supplement (TLS) UK ."..engages in a sustained critique of the contemporary movement. Evangelicalism has capitulated, he argues, to the forces of Americanism-individualism, pragmatism, populism, democracy, free enterprise, and so on. In trying to convey the gospel to the United States, the movement has assimilated the values of the nation." --David Bebbington, "Books and Culture" "Richard Kyle brings an unusual combination of theological, historical and social analytical expertise to the study of American evangelicalism. Kyle sees the evangelical movement as rich in paradox and irony, as it took its historical course from nineteenth century dominance, to twentieth century marginalization, to its spectacular recent re-emergence. The price of the movement's contemporary success, Kyle says, may be its capitulation to the ways of modern mass American society. This book is a highly informative warning. Americanized evangelical Christianity may be losing its soul and compromising the core of the gospel." --"-James C. Juhnke" "American Evangelical Protestantism, though still not well understood, is now, through its political clout, one of the most important ideological shapers of the modern world. But how is it to be interpreted? What are its historical roots, and what are its contemporary cultural characteristics? These are the themes of Richard Kyle's authoritative and readable book.....the best general account of the historical roots and contemporary characteristics of this complex phenomenon.--David Hempton, Times Literary Supplement (TLS) UK ."..engages in a sustained critique of the contemporary movement. Evangelicalism has capitulated, he argues, to the forces of Americanism-individualism, pragmatism, populism, democracy, free enterprise, and so on. In trying to convey the gospel to the United States, the movement has assimilated the values of the nation."---David Bebbington, "Books and Culture"show more

About Richard Kyle

Richard Kyle is professor of history and religion at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas.show more

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