Rob Bell and a New American Christianity  -     By: James Wellman
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Rob Bell and a New American Christianity

Abingdon Press / 2012 / Paperback

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Is Rob Bell a bellwether of where contemporary Christianity is heading? Why does his style and message so resonate with young people? Are his views mainstream, or is he skirting the edges of orthodoxy? How much of Bell is substance, how much is hype? A serious, evenhanded assessment. 168 pages, softcover. Abingdon.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 168
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 0.40 (inches)
ISBN: 1426748442
ISBN-13: 9781426748448
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Is Rob Bell the most important leader in the new American religious landscape?

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James K. Wellman, Jr. is Associate Professor and Chair of the Comparative Religion at the Jackson School of International Studies. His areas of expertise are in American religious congregations, culture, history, and politics. He has published an award-winning book, The Gold Church and the Ghetto: Christ and Culture in Mainline Protestantism (Illinois 1999). He has published two edited volumes: The Power of Religious Publics: Staking Claims in American Society (Praegers 1999), and Belief and Bloodshed: Religion and Violence Across Time and Tradition (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007). His most recent book is Evangelical vs. Liberal: The Clash of Christian Cultures in the Pacific Northwest, published by Oxford University Press. The book received Honorable Mention for the 2009 Distinguished Book Award by the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (second out of twenty-six books nominated). He is also the project director of a $300,000 grant from the Luce Foundation which will soon culminate in an edited volume called Religion and Human Security: A Global Perspectivewhich will be published soon by Oxford University Press. A new book project with Oxford University Press is called High on God: How the Megachurch Conquered America. It is a based on a national survey of twelve national megachurches, examining the power of desire in these congregations, both toward each other, toward the churches' leadership, and towards God. Wellman knows American Protestantism well, and he is very interested in the future of American churches and, in particular, the trajectory of the evangelical church. Having done extensive work on Protestant leaders, church movements, and successful churches, he is perfectly situated to write a cultural biography of Rob Bell, believing, as he does, that Bell embodies and will lead the evangelical church in America in the next twenty years.

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