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  • Title: American Apocalypse: A History of Modern Evangelicalism
  • Author: Matthew Avery Sutton
  • ISBN: 9780674048362
  • Page: 114
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The first comprehensive history of modern American evangelicalism to appear in a generation, American Apocalypse shows how a group of radical Protestants, anticipating the end of the world, paradoxically transformed it.Matthew Avery Sutton draws on extensive archival research to document the ways an initially obscure network of charismatic preachers and their followers resThe first comprehensive history of modern American evangelicalism to appear in a generation, American Apocalypse shows how a group of radical Protestants, anticipating the end of the world, paradoxically transformed it.Matthew Avery Sutton draws on extensive archival research to document the ways an initially obscure network of charismatic preachers and their followers reshaped American religion, at home and abroad, for over a century Perceiving the United States as besieged by Satanic forces communism and secularism, family breakdown and government encroachment Billy Sunday, Charles Fuller, Billy Graham, and others took to the pulpit and airwaves to explain how Biblical end times prophecy made sense of a world ravaged by global wars, genocide, and the threat of nuclear extinction Believing Armageddon was nigh, these preachers used what little time was left to warn of the coming Antichrist, save souls, and prepare the nation for God s final judgment.By the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan and conservative Republicans appropriated evangelical ideas to create a morally infused political agenda that challenged the pragmatic tradition of governance through compromise and consensus Following 9 11, the politics of apocalypse continued to resonate with an anxious populace seeking a roadmap through a world spinning out of control Premillennialist evangelicals have erected mega churches, shaped the culture wars, made and destroyed presidential hopefuls, and brought meaning to millions of believers Narrating the story of modern evangelicalism from the perspective of the faithful, Sutton demonstrates how apocalyptic thinking continues to exert enormous influence over the American mainstream today.
    American Apocalypse A History of Modern Evangelicalism The first comprehensive history of modern American evangelicalism to appear in a generation American Apocalypse shows how a group of radical Protestants anticipating the end of the world paradoxica

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    1. History of the American evangelical Christianity movement, supposing that its calls for moral reform and reducing government power stem directly from fear of the apocalypse and the coming of the anti Christ.Suggests that they view history in a series of periods, in what is called dispensation theology and that the world would get demonstrably worse before the Last Days Evangelicals never really left the American political sphere after such setbacks as the Scopes Trial, they just returned in peri [...]

    2. Fundamentalism or Evangelicalism is a movement that has been around for 150 years It is apocalyptic and antimodern Its political impulses are reactionary and backward It is also has been active and growing The author s history of it is neutral and descriptive of the movement on its own terms If I had found myself anywhere in US history for the last 150 years I would have found myself opposed to it It has been remarkably consistent over the past 150 years and in my opinion consistently a force ag [...]

    3. Matthew Avery Sutton has composed a thoroughly researched treatment of the history of fundamentalism and evangelicalism in America and its connections to the modern day religious right which figures so prominently in American political discourse Though appreciative of the earlier works in the field, this book seeks to replace rather than supplement works such classics as Marsden s Fundamentalism and American Culture and Sandeen s The Roots of Fundamentalism Of these two, Sandeen s influence is s [...]

    4. The theme of this book emerges when apocalypticism is found to be the key for the ideological connection between evangelicalism and republicanism all nations are going to concede their power in the End Times to a totalitarian political leader who is going to be the Antichrist, and governmental consolidation of power must be critically looked upon under this light Sutton explains If you believe you re living in the last days and you believe you re moving towards that Antichrist event, you re goin [...]

    5. First off the cover is amazing I don t know if Matthew Avery Sutton or the publisher titled the book, but a better subtitle would have been A History of Modern Premillennialism as the movement typically associated with evangelicalism the mid 20th century generation including Carl F.H Henry, Harold Ockenga, Billy Graham, et al doesn t show up until the last quarter of the book and important figures such as Francis Schaeffer don t show up at all and overall the pace between the Cold War to the pre [...]

    6. I m no expert on evangelicalism, so I can t really comment on the value of this book for those with a greater knowledge of the movement, but I found this book consistently interesting and enlightening It certainly seems important to me to understand the history and ideology of one the most influential social milieus movements of the 20th and early 21st century, especially in light of the way various manifestations of fundamentalism Christian, Muslim, etc continue to impact our world in both subt [...]

    7. This is a book every Christian today would do well to read We sometimes think the prophecy we see splashed on television and written in contemporary books is something new and exciting Evangelical Christians have been predicting the return of Jesus for decades, trying to match unfolding events with prophecy and have been wrong every time Sutton does a good job of pointing that out Reading this book will give one a sense of the long story, not just what is happening today in the world of Christia [...]

    8. Mr Sutton s American Apocalypse is a dispassionate overview of the evangelical doomsayers movement since its stirring shortly after the Civil War The book will not be offensive to either believers or nonbelievers The same can t be said about this review The book does not delve into the nuances of Revelation interpretations nor does it dwell very long on backgrounds of the movement s movers and shakers Mr Sutton focuses on how the fundamentalists thinking evolved as different major events unfolde [...]

    9. Accessible, insightful, and informative, this history of the American Evangelical movement emphasizes the interest in the final days that has marked much of the development of this school of thought Sutton draws out the early roots of the late nineteenth century, showing how a pressing concern about the imminent return of Christ marked the early days of this way of thinking Since this emphasis had not been one of the enduring themes of Christianity, those who shared it were drawn together in the [...]

    10. A well researched book on the history of evangelical influence in politics Unfortunately the church rather than fighting for biblical values it has been of an arm of the conservative branch of government An example was when pastors preached for segregation and used bible texts to support it A good book to read to understand how certain evangelicals see the world They wield enormous power as they helped elect Donald Trump.

    11. This book is just astonishing, an amazing presentation of the 20 century evangelicalism fundamentalism This book helped me so much during my Bachelor essay A must read if you re interested in the subject.

    12. Sutton resurrects the Sandeenian thesis of fundamentalism being a movement with a self conscious identity and structure animated by millenarianism to argue that premillenialism became a core organising principle, hermeneutical lens and worldview for a group of what Sutton calls radical evangelicals who eventually called themselves fundamentalists, and after WWII sought to reclaim the term evangelicalism He argues that fundamentalism embraced the paradoxical implications of premillenialism as bot [...]

    13. I grew up in fundamentalist schools and churches, and as I m looking to get back to church, though definitely not a fundamentalist one, I ve begun reading about the history behind what I was taught Growing up in fundamentalist circles, it was easy for me to think that what I was being taught about the world was the answer A tidy, packaged answer to the complexities of the world An answer regardless of time Most movement s methods of indoctrination relay a story of the past and how the movement w [...]

    14. American Apocalypse A History of Modern Evangelicalism is not without its flaws The prose can be plodding and often lacks the type of anecdotes that make history books enjoyable However, I m still inclined to give the book a good review, because it sets out to answer or at least illuminate the exact question I expect from a sociopolitical religious history book Where are we, and how did we get here For instance, why do the outspoken Christians overwhelmingly go with one political party over the [...]

    15. Evangelicalism has its roots in the 18th century in the ministry of George Whitefield in the First Great Awakening and his emphases of new birth in Christ and trans denominationalism The Second Great Awakening of the early 19th century continued these streams but had a much clearer emphasis on social reform as well as missions By the late 19th century millenialism became a much prominent element, so prominent that it came to characterize the movement Yet it was not just millenialism but a very [...]

    16. In his introduction he claims to be updating Mardsen s classic work Fundamentalism and Modern Culture, but this work is narrow and tedious Focusing on a small group of ministers his attempts to include women do not go much beyond Aimee Semple McPherson, who he has written a bio on, and African Americans only come to the forefront during Civil Rights then they vanish away and on premillenialism, narrows fundamentalism and does little to make it deeper He claims at political influence but other au [...]

    17. The book begins well, helpfully delineating the two strains of radical American evangelicalism, pre and post millenarianism, and discussing the demise of the latter and the rise of the former into its present day form Another merit is the author s inclusion of African American evangelicalism, which admirably sets off the white brands But as a matter of form, the book too often strings together brief excerpts from evangelical writings typical of the time periods the author examines, and it s tire [...]

    18. This was an interesting and informative book that focused on the historical events involving Evangelicals from the mid Eighteen hundreds to today There is focus on what evangelicals have professed as their core beliefs and how those interacted with society but the deeper questions of eschatology came to be a major belief and why it continues to be such a belief after over two thousand years of failed prophecies is not really explored Also there is some but not a lot on how the contradictions in [...]

    19. This book is a good history of the Evangelical movement in the US He starts in the 19th century with the earliest premillenial dispensationalists and moves forward through the Fundamentalists of the early twentieth century to the Evangelicals of the late twentieth and early twenty first century The reader gets the history of everything from the old style revivals to the history of the first Fundamentalist Bible colleges and seminaries, from Billy Sunday to Billy Graham, and so forth It s well wo [...]

    20. A history of fundamentalist evangelicalism that places premillennialism and apocalyptic prophecy at the center of the movement, particularly as it developed and morphed sometimes in drastic and inherently contradictory ways throughout the twentieth century There are some broad generalizations here that certainly don t represent everyone who claims the evangelical label, but it s a fascinating, important take on how American Christianity came to be the way it is today.

    21. Sutton has written the latest expansive history of American Evangelicalism His is helpful for its look at the role of pre millenial theology, and the account of Black Evangelicalism that very few provide.

    22. I didn t expect to find out why American politics are so screwed up while reading a history of evangelicalism Wow, this book is eye opening Very readable, incredibly important, well researched history that leads us to our current state of affairs Yikes HIGHLY RECOMMEND

    23. A fascinating look at a key thread in the developmental history of modern evangelicalism Though the author might be overplaying his hand by elevating a secondary element of the rise of fundamentalism to a place of undeserved primacy, it is a book worth reading and engaging.

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