Presbyterians and American Culture: A History
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Christians in general and Presbyterians in particular have played a significant role in American history. Presbyterians and American Culture shows how Christians have influenced and been influenced by people, ideas, and events of the last 300 years.

Bradley J. Longfield assesses both the theological and cultural development of American Presbyterianism, with particular focus on the mainline tradition that is expressed most prominently in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He explores how Presbyterian churches - and individuals rooted in those churches - influenced and were influenced by the values, attitudes, perspectives, beliefs, and ideals assumed by Americans in the course of American history. The book will serve as an important introduction to Presbyterian history that will interest historians, students, and church leaders alike.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 262
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 066423156X
ISBN-13: 9780664231569

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Author Bio

Bradley J. Longfield is Dean and Professor of Church History at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. He is the author of The Presbyterian Controversy: Fundamentalists, Modernists, and Moderates.


Bradley J. Longfield has provided a well-written and up-to-date overview of the Presbyterian experience. Professors, seminarians, clergy, and interested lay people will all benefit from the author's lively account of the successes Presbyterians have enjoyed and the difficulties they have encountered in the more than three centuries since the first presbytery was organized in America.
-James H. Moorhead,
Princeton Theological Seminary

During this time of crisis in theological and institutional identity, the PCUSA needs as never before a deep historical perspective on how the church has defined itself in relationship to other Protestant churches and the wider American culture. Bradley Longfield has given us this perspective. His lucid and accessible history of American Presbyterians frames the story in terms of the interaction between leaders of the church and a host of important issues from education and moral reform to politics, war, missions, and revivals. Readers of this engaging book will learn not only about Presbyterians but about the important issues that have faced all American Protestants from the colonial period to through the twentieth century.
-Mark Valeri,
Union Presbyterian Seminary

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    Bradley J. Longfield is one of the greatest Presbyterian historians to ever live. He is the author of many Landmark books detailing Presbyterianism and America and abroad. In his newest work Presbyterians and American culture: a history, Longfield delves into Presbyterianism in its earliest American roots.

    Now this book is lightweight just shy of 260 pages, and is not deal with all of Presbyterianism in early America yet Longfield is able to weave a narrative of the early establishment of Presbyterianism in America in a manner that most of the laity is able to read and understand. Presbyterian Church History is a long and complicated history in the United States of America. Yet if one wishes to delve into this one will come away with a greater appreciation for the church denomination they are in and will be able to in the past so that they will not repeat the same mistakes which their forebears made.

    While there is a lot to praise about this book due to Longfields dedication, in this work, to the history of his denomination, the PCUSA, other areas of Presbyterianism in America have been largely ignored. Specifically that of the associated Reformed Presbyterian Church which have its roots in America prior to that of the forefather of the main line Presbyterian Church. Wallace does not negate the book it does leave one longing for a deeper work on Presbyterianism in the history of American culture. With this caveat I do recommend this book to those who would like to know about early Presbyterian history as well as the events leading up to the many divisions of Presbyterianism which are country now supports.

    This book was provided to me free of charge from Westminster John Knox Press in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
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