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Marsden, George M. 1939-

Works: 117 works in 399 publications in 3 languages and 19,688 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Biographies  Conference papers and proceedings  Church history  Documentary films  Religious films  Abstracts  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Contributor
Classifications: BT82.2, 277.3082
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Most widely held works by George M Marsden
Fundamentalism and American culture : the shaping of twentieth century evangelicalism, 1870-1925 by George M Marsden( Book )

53 editions published between 1980 and 2006 in English and Korean and held by 4,237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Many Americans today are taking note of the surprisingly strong political force that is the religious right. Controversial decisions by the government are met with hundreds of lobbyists, millions of dollars of advertising spending, and a powerful grassroots response. How has the fundamentalist movement managed to resist the pressures of the scientific community and the draw of modern popular culture to hold on to their ultra-conservative Christian views? Understanding the movement's history is key to answering this question. Fundamentalism and American Culture has long been considered a classic in religious history, and to this day remains unsurpassed. Now available in a new edition, this highly regarded analysis takes us through the full history of the origin and direction of one of America's most influential religious movements. A major new chapter compares fundamentalism since the 1970s to that of the 1920s, looking particularly at the extraordinary growth in political emphasis and power of the more recent movement. Never has it been more important to understand the history of fundamentalism in our rapidly polarizing nation. Marsden's carefully researched and engrossing work remains the best way to do just that. Book jacket."--Jacket
Jonathan Edwards : a life by George M Marsden( Book )

20 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 3,179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) is a towering figure in American history. A controversial theologian and the author of the famous sermon Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, he ignited the momentous Great Awakening of the eighteenth century." "In this biography, Jonathan Edwards emerges as both a great American and a brilliant Christian. George M. Marsden evokes the world of colonial New England in which Edwards was reared - a frontier civilization at the center of a conflict between Native Americans, French Catholics, and English Protestants. Drawing on newly available sources, Marsden demonstrates how these cultural and religious battles shaped Edwards' life and thought. Marsden reveals Edwards as a complex thinker and human being who struggled to reconcile his Puritan heritage with the secular, modern world emerging out of the Enlightenment. In this, Edwards' life anticipated the deep contradictions of our American culture."--Jacket
The soul of the American university : from protestant establishment to established nonbelief by George M Marsden( Book )

22 editions published between 1994 and 2016 in English and Chinese and held by 1,458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Only a century ago, almost all state universities held compulsory chapel services, and some required Sunday church attendance as well. In fact, state-sponsored chapel services were commonplace until the World War II era, and as late as the 1950s, it was not unusual for leading schools to refer to themselves as "Christian" institutions. Today, the once pervasive influence of religion in the intellectual and cultural life of America's preeminent colleges and universities has all but vanished. In The Soul of the American University, George Marsden explores how, and why, these dramatic changes occurred. Far from a lament for a lost golden age when mainline Protestants ruled American education, The Soul of the American University offers a penetrating critique of that era, surveying the role of Protestantism in higher education from the founding of Harvard in the 1630s through the collapse of the WASP establishment in the 1960s. Marsden tells the stories of many of our pace-setting universities at defining moments in their histories, including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, the University of Michigan, Johns Hopkins, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Chicago. He recreates the religious feuds that accompanied Yale's transition from a flagship evangelical college to a university, and the dramatic debate over the place of religion in higher education between Harvard's President Charles Eliot and Princeton's President James McCosh. Marsden's analysis ranges from debates over Darwinism and higher criticism of the Bible, to the roles of government and wealthy contributors, the impact of changing student mores, and even the religious functions of college football. He argues persuasively that the values of "liberalism" and "tolerance" that the establishment championed and used to marginalize Christian fundamentalism and Roman Catholicism eventually and perhaps inevitably led to its own disappearance from the educational milieu, as nonsectarian came to mean exclusively secular. While the largely voluntary disestablishment of religion may appear in many respects commendable, Marsden believes that it has nonetheless led to the infringement of the free exercise of religion in most of academic life. In effect, nonbelief has been established as the only valid academic perspective. In a provocative final chapter, Marsden spells out his own prescription for change, arguing that just as the academy has made room for feminist and multicultural perspectives, so should there be room once again for traditional religious viewpoints. A thoughtful blend of historical narrative and searching analysis, The Soul of the American University exemplifies what it advocates: that religious perspectives can provide a legitimate contribution to the highest level of scholarship
Understanding fundamentalism and evangelicalism by George M Marsden( Book )

23 editions published between 1991 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 1,441 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A balanced overview and narrative survey of American fundamentalism and Evangelicalism, as well as an interpretive analysis of several important themes. PB, 208 pages, suitable as a supplemental text for colleges, seminaries, or church study
The outrageous idea of Christian scholarship by George M Marsden( Book )

21 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in English and Korean and held by 1,008 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the end of his 1994 book, The Soul of the American University, George Marsden advanced a modest proposal for an enhanced role for religious faith in today's scholarship. This "unscientific postscript" helped spark a heated debate that spilled out of the pages of academic journals and The Chronicle of Higher Education into mainstream media such as The New York Times, and marked Marsden as one of the leading participants in the debates concerning religion and public life. Marsden now gives his proposal a fuller treatment in The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship, a thoughtful and thought-provoking book on the relationship of religious faith and intellectual scholarship. More than a response to Marsden's critics, The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship takes the next step towards demonstrating what the ancient relationship of faith and learning might mean for the academy today. Marsden argues forcefully that mainstream American higher education needs to be more open to explicit expressions of faith and to accept what faith means in an intellectual context. Contemporary university culture is hollow at its core, Marsden writes. Not only does it lack a spiritual center, but it is without any real alternative. He argues that a religiously diverse culture will be an intellectually richer one, and it is time for scholars and institutions to take the intellectual dimensions of their faith seriously and become active participants in the highest level of academic discourse
Religion and American culture by George M Marsden( Book )

20 editions published between 1990 and 2018 in English and held by 891 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

RELIGION AND AMERICAN CULTURE focuses on the relationship of religion to the social and cultural dynamics of American history. Because most survey texts provide only brief coverage of this topic, Marsden's narrative is designed to explore the role of religion in American culture
Reforming fundamentalism : Fuller Seminary and the new evangelicalism by George M Marsden( Book )

13 editions published between 1987 and 1995 in English and held by 781 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this book, a sequel and companion to his widely-acclaimed Fundamentalism and American Culture (Oxford, 1980), Marsden uses the history of Fuller Theological Seminary -- a durable evangelical institution -- as a lens through which to focus an examination of the broader story of evangelicalism and fundamentalism since the 1940s."--Dust jacket
Evangelicalism and modern America by George M Marsden( Book )

6 editions published between 1984 and 1986 in English and held by 745 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Secularization of the academy by George M Marsden( Book )

8 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 742 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The evangelical mind and the new school Presbyterian experience; a case study of thought and theology in nineteenth-century America by George M Marsden( Book )

16 editions published between 1970 and 2003 in English and held by 668 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

C.S. Lewis's Mere Christianity : a biography by George M Marsden( Book )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 624 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis's eloquent and winsome defense of the Christian faith, originated as a series of BBC radio talks broadcast during the dark days of World War Two. Here is the story of the extraordinary life and afterlife of this influential and much-beloved book. George Marsden describes how Lewis gradually went from being an atheist to a committed Anglican--famously converting to Christianity in 1931 after conversing into the night with his friends J.R.R. Tolkien and Hugh Dyson--and how Lewis delivered his wartime talks to a traumatized British nation in the midst of an all-out war for survival. Marsden recounts how versions of those talks were collected together in 1952 under the title Mere Christianity, and how the book went on to become one of the most widely read presentations of essential Christianity ever published, particularly among American evangelicals. He examines its role in the conversion experiences of such figures as Charles Colson, who read the book while facing arrest for his role in the Watergate scandal. Marsden explores its relationship with Lewis's Narnia books and other writings, and explains why Lewis's plainspoken case for Christianity continues to have its critics and ardent admirers to this day. With uncommon clarity and grace, Marsden provides invaluable new insights into this modern spiritual classic"--Publisher's website
The twilight of the American enlightenment : the 1950s and the crisis of liberal belief by George M Marsden( Book )

6 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 598 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The Twilight of the American Enlightenment, Bancroft Prize-winning historian George Marsden examines the faltering attempts by the country's brightest minds to establish a new national identity and purpose for postwar America, and explains how their efforts--and eventual failure--helped to shape the society we live in today. As Marsden shows, the nation's challenges heavily influenced political debates and American art during the 1950s. Playwrights and novelists in particular reflected on the simultaneous conformity and alienation of modern man, with authors such as Dwight MacDonald and James Baldwin lamenting the new "mass man," whom mass media had robbed of all individualism. So too did sociologists Erich Fromm and David Riesman, whose idea of a "lonely crowd" seemed to sum up the inauthenticity of mainstream America. Political philosophers including Walter Lippmann, meanwhile, feared that the pragmatism of thinkers such as Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. and Daniel Bell--who rejected wholesale ideologies in favor of a relativistic, selective politics--had left the nation directionless at a crucial moment in American history"--
A short life of Jonathan Edwards by George M Marsden( Book )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and Korean and held by 536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In brief and insightful fashion, George Marsden presents a new narrative about Edward's life, thereby rescuing him from the high realms of history and revealing him more completely through his everyday life and interactions
The search for Christian America by Mark A Noll( Book )

6 editions published between 1983 and 1989 in English and held by 517 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Christian view of history? by George M Marsden( Book )

6 editions published between 1975 and 1978 in English and Korean and held by 496 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The activist impulse : essays on the intersection of evangelicalism and Anabaptism( )

3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anabaptists have often felt suspicious of American evangelicalism, and in turn evangelicals have found various reasons to dismiss the Anabaptist witness. Yet at various points in the past as well as the present, evangelicals and Anabaptists have found ample reason for conversation and much to appreciate about each other. The Activist Impulse represents the first book-length examination of the complex relationship between evangelicalism and Anabaptism in the past thirty years. It brings established experts and new voices together in an effort to explore the historical and theological intersection of these two rich traditions. Each of the essays provides fresh insight on at least one characteristic that both evangelicals and Anabaptists share--an impulse to engage society through the pursuit of active Christian witness
Saints & strangers( Visual )

3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of American Christianity from the 1607 Jamestown settlers to the American Revolution. With city and church scenes of colonial Jamestown, Newport, Philadelphia, and Boston
C.S. Lewis's Mere Christianity : a biography by George M Marsden( Recording )

6 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Marsden presents the story of the extraordinary life and aferlife of the influential and much-beloved book, Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis's eloquent and winsome defense of the Christian faith
The Fundamentals : a testimony to truth( Book )

13 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Jonathan Edwards : a life
Alternative Names
George M. Marsden US-amerikanischer Historiker und Theologe

George Marsden Amerikaans historicus

George Marsden historiador estadounidense

George Marsden historien américain

Marsden, G. M.

Marsden, George

Marsden, George 1939-

جورج م. مارسدن، 1939-

마르스덴, 죠지 M

마스덴, 조지 M

마즈던, 조지 M

조지 말스덴

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Jonathan Edwards : a lifeThe soul of the American university : from protestant establishment to established nonbeliefUnderstanding fundamentalism and evangelicalismThe outrageous idea of Christian scholarshipReligion and American cultureThe evangelical mind and the new school Presbyterian experience; a case study of thought and theology in nineteenth-century AmericaA short life of Jonathan EdwardsThe search for Christian AmericaSaints & strangers