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Kenneth J. Collins tells the narrative history of the political and cultural fortunes of American evangelicalism from the late nineteenth century through the contemporary era. He traces the establishment of the evangelical enterprise in American culture and its influences on the political and social values of the American landscape throughout the twentieth century, as well Kenneth J. Collins tells the narrative history of the political and cultural fortunes of American evangelicalism from the late nineteenth century through the contemporary era. He traces the establishment of the evangelical enterprise in American culture and its influences on the political and social values of the American landscape throughout the twentieth century, as well as its fragmentation into competing ideological camps. Underlining how both sides of the liberal-conservative divide have diluted their message through political idioms, Collins suggests a way forward for evangelical political identity that avoids the pitfalls of fundamentalism and liberalism. Will American evangelicalism outlive its partisan history? As Kenneth Collins tells the story, there is reason to think so.


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Kenneth J. Collins tells the narrative history of the political and cultural fortunes of American evangelicalism from the late nineteenth century through the contemporary era. He traces the establishment of the evangelical enterprise in American culture and its influences on the political and social values of the American landscape throughout the twentieth century, as well Kenneth J. Collins tells the narrative history of the political and cultural fortunes of American evangelicalism from the late nineteenth century through the contemporary era. He traces the establishment of the evangelical enterprise in American culture and its influences on the political and social values of the American landscape throughout the twentieth century, as well as its fragmentation into competing ideological camps. Underlining how both sides of the liberal-conservative divide have diluted their message through political idioms, Collins suggests a way forward for evangelical political identity that avoids the pitfalls of fundamentalism and liberalism. Will American evangelicalism outlive its partisan history? As Kenneth Collins tells the story, there is reason to think so.

38 review for Power, Politics and the Fragmentation of Evangelicalism: From the Scopes Trial to the Obama Administration

  1. 4 out of 5

    J. Ewbank

    Normally history is just not my thing but this book by Kenneth Collins was a fascinating one for me to read. With a large volume of quotes and comments, clear and sharp demarcations between the various forms of evanglicals (both left and right), Collins brings us through the history of the movement(s) from before the 20th century into the 21st. This is a powerful book that should be read by evangelicals everywhere to see and understand what is happening to them via out culture and policical orga Normally history is just not my thing but this book by Kenneth Collins was a fascinating one for me to read. With a large volume of quotes and comments, clear and sharp demarcations between the various forms of evanglicals (both left and right), Collins brings us through the history of the movement(s) from before the 20th century into the 21st. This is a powerful book that should be read by evangelicals everywhere to see and understand what is happening to them via out culture and policical organization. How we are being attacked and in a short but thoughtful conclusion offering some ways in which we can work, together and separately to create disciples for Christ and to bring the Kingdom of God on earth. We are not to do it by confusing political parties or cultural beliefs as the Kingdom - it is God's Kindsom. A great read for evangelicals and anyone else interested in how the church of God is being attacked, how we have fought and gone our own ways and how we should work together. J. Robert Ewbank, author "Wesley's Wars" and "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the Isms"

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dan Wells

    Power, Politics and the Fragmentation of Evangelicalism is a great read whether you are a political liberal, moderate or conservative! It’s message gets at the heart of contemporary American evangelicalism. Through surprisingly balanced and careful assessment (and that’s hard to do whenever you talk religion and politics), Collins surveys the culture shaping events of religion in America and rightly identifies how evangelicals have influenced politics and social values. Furthermore, the last fif Power, Politics and the Fragmentation of Evangelicalism is a great read whether you are a political liberal, moderate or conservative! It’s message gets at the heart of contemporary American evangelicalism. Through surprisingly balanced and careful assessment (and that’s hard to do whenever you talk religion and politics), Collins surveys the culture shaping events of religion in America and rightly identifies how evangelicals have influenced politics and social values. Furthermore, the last fifty years of American history also show us that both the religious right and the religious left have compromised the authentic Gospel of Jesus Christ in favor of cultural acceptance and relevancy. Collins challenges evangelicals to realize that regardless of political affiliation, evangelicals must not allow themselves to be pushed off of their narrative in the midst of an increasingly secular culture. If evangelicals wish to work for the kingdom of God in America, they must embrace something greater than a distorted view of what it means to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. Collins’ own words capture the heart of Power, Politics and the Fragmentation of Evangelicalism as he states, “With political judgments in their proper place, with social visions not immediately equated with the kingdom of God in crude, idolatrous ways, evangelicals of all persuasions can be free to acknowledge their brothers and sisters of differing views around the Lord’s Table, celebrating a God of holy love who transcends them all. Clearly, far more unites American evangelicals than what divides them. Such a gracious truth, however, can only be obscured when disparate political judgments or social visions displace the richness of the gospel, that is, the universal love of God manifested in Jesus Christ.” As the United States faces yet another election in 2012, Collins’ work is of the utmost importance! If you're looking for a great read, then I highly recommend this book! Whether you're a liberal or conservative, Christian or not, this book packs a powerful punch as our culture considers the current status of religion and politics in light of the upcoming election. You won’t be disappointed!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Collins explores the strengths and weaknesses of the Evangelical Right and Left and concludes that political power should not be equated with the power of the Gospel. Unfortunately, as Collins notes, the Right often mistake the free enterprise system with the freedom of the gospel while the Left often adhere to the idea that the Kingdom of God is manifested by partisan political activism for distinct policies in terms of social and economic justice. Consequently, Evangelicals from both sides of Collins explores the strengths and weaknesses of the Evangelical Right and Left and concludes that political power should not be equated with the power of the Gospel. Unfortunately, as Collins notes, the Right often mistake the free enterprise system with the freedom of the gospel while the Left often adhere to the idea that the Kingdom of God is manifested by partisan political activism for distinct policies in terms of social and economic justice. Consequently, Evangelicals from both sides of the political spectrum have alienated each other and have diminished the universal nature of the gospel, which is greater than any political narrative. Collins concludes that every Christian must live by the narrative of the gospel instead of certain political narratives if they want to truly change the hearts and minds of secular America.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Power, Politics and the Fragmentation of Evangelicalism is a great read! Obviously well-researched and carefully written, this book engages the reader from the very first page. Collins challenges the church not to confuse political views with the message of the Gospel and offers a way forward that is surprisingly balanced. It is a must read in our current social and political culture.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Power, Politics and the Fragmentation of Evangelicalism is a great read! Obviously well-researched and carefully written, this book engages the reader from the very first page. Collins challenges the church not to confuse political views with the message of the Gospel and offers a way forward that is surprisingly balanced. It is a must read in our current social and political culture.

  6. 5 out of 5

    John Kennedy

    Much of this has been reported elsewhere ad infinitum. Too many errors, e.g., Feb. 22 is the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

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