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Balmer, Randall Herbert

Works: 70 works in 319 publications in 3 languages and 23,091 library holdings
Genres: History  Church history  Biography  Controversial literature  Biography‡vDictionaries  Encyclopedias  Biographical films  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Documentary television programs 
Roles: Author, Editor, Producer, Interviewee, wpr
Classifications: BR1642.U5, 277.30828
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Randall Herbert Balmer
Most widely held works by Randall Herbert Balmer
Religion in American life : a short history by Jon Butler( )

35 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Accessible and wide-ranging, Religion in American Life illuminates the rich spiritual heritage central to nearly every event in American history. Jon Butler begins by describing the state of religious affairs in both the Old and New Worlds on the eve of colonization. He traces the progress of religion in the colonies through the time of the American Revolution, covering all the religious groups in the colonies: Protestants, Jews, Catholics, as well as the unique religious experiences of Native Americans and African Americans. Grant Wacker continues the story with a fascinating look at the ever-shifting religious landscape of 19th-century America. He focuses on the rapid growth of evangelical Protestants-Methodists, Presbyterians, Baptists, and others-and their competition for dominance over religions such as Catholicism and Judaism, which continued to increase with large immigrant arrivals from Ireland, Eastern Europe, and other countries. The 20th century saw massive cultural changes. Randall Balmer discusses the effects industrialization, modernization, and secularization had on new and established religions. He examines Protestants, Hindus, Jews, New Age believers, Mormons, Buddhists, Roman Catholics, and many more, providing a clear look into the kaleidoscope of religious belief in modern-day America
Mine eyes have seen the glory : a journey into the evangelical subculture in America by Randall Herbert Balmer( Book )

43 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in English and held by 2,690 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book takes us on an insightful and engaging journey into the world of conservative Christians in America. Originally published fifteen years ago and the basis for an award-winning PBS documentary, this timely new edition arrives just as recent elections have left an ever-growing number of secular Americans wondering exactly how the other half thinks. From Oregon to Florida, and from Texas to North Dakota, Balmer offers an immensely readable tour of the highways and byways of American evangelicalism. We visit a revival meeting in Florida, an Indian reservation in the Dakotas, a trade show for Christian booksellers, and a fundamentalist Bible camp in the Adirondacks. For this fourth edition, Balmer adds two chapters, one on the phenomenally popular "Painter of Light," Thomas Kinkade, and one on Rick Warren, author of The Purpose-Driven Life. Through the eyes of these and other people Balmer meets on his journeys, we arrive at a more accurate and balanced understanding of an abiding tradition that, as the author argues, is both rich in theological insights and mired in contradictions. Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory offers readers a genuine insight into the appeal that the evangelicals movement holds for thousands of Americans
Protestantism in America by Randall Herbert Balmer( )

14 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 2,671 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As America has become more pluralistic, Protestantism, with its long roots in American history and culture, has hardly remained static. This portrait of a complex group of Christian denominations describes Protestantism's history, constituent subgroups and their activities, and the way in which its dialectic with American culture has shaped such facets of the wider society as healthcare, welfare, labor relations, gender roles, and political discourse."--Jacket
A perfect babel of confusion : Dutch religion and English culture in the middle colonies by Randall Herbert Balmer( )

29 editions published between 1989 and 2005 in English and held by 2,192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examining the interaction of the Dutch and the English in colonial New York and New Jersey, this study charts the decline of European culture in North America. Balmer argues that the combination of political intrigue, English cultural imperialism, and internal socio-economic tensionseventually drove the Dutch away from their hereditary customs, language, and culture. He shows how this process, which played itself out most visibly and poignantly in the Dutch Reformed Church between 1664 and the American Revolution, illustrates the difficulty of maintaining non-English culturesand institutions in an increasingly English world. A Perfect Babel of Confusion redresses some of the historiographical neglect of the Middle Colonies and, in the process, sheds new light on Dutch colonial culture
Grant us courage : travels along the mainline of American Protestantism by Randall Herbert Balmer( )

14 editions published between 1996 and 2011 in English and held by 1,813 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1950, Christian Century ran a series of articles on twelve churches, some large, some small, each representing a strand of American mainline Protestantism. Now, nearly fifty years later, Randall Balmer--author and host of Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory, the acclaimed book and PBS series on American evangelicism--has revisited each of these twelve churches to take the pulse of Protestantism today. The result is a remarkable narrative, graced with touches of local color and memorable portraits of the people involved, and filled with deft observations and carefully nuanced insights about Protestantism at century's end. Much as he did in Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory, Balmer crisscrosses America to give us a first-hand look at how Christianity has fared in the last half-century. What emerges is a church challenged by diminished influence, but with signs of hope for the future. For instance, he takes us to West Hartford, Connecticut, where we learn how a gregarious pastor, Bob Heppenstall, rekindled the spirit of the First Church of Christ Congregational--still housed in its stately, classic New England meetinghouse--that had suffered from inept management until recent years. And in Ames, Iowa, at the Collegiate United Methodist Church, we watch George White struggle to regain his church's once dominant voice in the religious life of the town, a voice now dimmed by the growth of fundamentalism. Some churches have held steadfastly to long-established roles, such as the Washington Prairie Lutheran Church, in Decorah, Iowa, which has been a model of continuity, serving its Norwegian-American community in much the same way since it was founded in 1851. And Balmer also visits some thriving churches, such as Hollywood's First Presbyterian Church, led by the great preacher John Lloyd Ogilvie, who was recently appointed chaplain of the U.S. Senate. In Minneapolis, Balmer encounters Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, a congregation that has not only increased its membership, but can now call itself the biggest Lutheran church in the world. In Grant Us Courage, one of our most thoughtful chroniclers of the American scene offers an intimate look at mainline Protestantism at the close of the century. We come away with the feeling of having been there, of having listened to the voices of an important segment of Christian life, and of having found a deeper understanding of religious life in America today
Redeemer : the life of Jimmy Carter by Randall Herbert Balmer( Book )

7 editions published in 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Evangelical Christianity and conservative politics are today seen as inseparable. But when Jimmy Carter, a Democrat and a born-again Christian, won the presidency in 1976, he owed his victory in part to American evangelicals, who responded to his open religiosity and his rejection of the moral bankruptcy of the Nixon Administration. Carter, running as a representative of the New South, articulated a progressive strand of American Christianity that championed liberal ideals, racial equality, and social justice--one that has almost been forgotten since. In Redeemer, acclaimed religious historian Randall Balmer reveals how the rise and fall of Jimmy Carter's political fortunes mirrored the transformation of American religious politics. From his beginnings as a humble peanut farmer to the galvanizing politician who rode a reenergized religious movement into the White House, Carter's life and career mark him as the last great figure in America's long and venerable history of progressive evangelicalism. Although he stumbled early in his career--courting segregationists during his second campaign for Georgia governor--Carter's run for president marked a return to the progressive principles of his faith and helped reenergize the evangelical movement. Responding to his message of racial justice, women's rights, and concern for the plight of the poor, evangelicals across the country helped propel Carter to office. Yet four years later, those very same voters abandoned him for Ronald Reagan and the Republican Party. Carter's defeat signaled the eclipse of progressive evangelicalism and the rise of the Religious Right, which popularized a dramatically different understanding of the faith, one rooted in nationalism, individualism, and free-market capitalism. An illuminating biography of our 39th president, Redeemer presents Jimmy Carter as the last great standard-bearer of an important strand of American Christianity, and provides an original and riveting account of the moments that transformed our political landscape in the 1970s and 1980s"--Provided by publisher
The encyclopedia of evangelicalism by Randall Herbert Balmer( Book )

11 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 1,126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Encyclopedia of Evangelicalism is the most comprehensive resource about evangelicalism available. With nearly 3,000 separate entries, the Encyclopedia of Evangelicalism covers historical and contemporary theologians, preachers, laity, cultural figures, musicians, televangelists, movements, organizations, denominations, folkways, theological terms, events, and more. Students, scholars, and libraries will all benefit from it."--Jacket
Religion in twentieth century America by Randall Herbert Balmer( Book )

8 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 1,000 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Pentecostal revival sparked by Agnes Ozman in Kansas, 1901, to the flare and fade of the millennium in 1999, this text provides an overview of the evolution of religion in the United States in the twentieth century. For grades 9 and up
Thy kingdom come : how the religious right distorts the faith and threatens America, an Evangelical's lament by Randall Herbert Balmer( Book )

14 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 977 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the involvement of evangelical Christianity in modern-day American partisan politics, criticizing the new generation of religious leaders who have corrupted the Christian faith on behalf of the Republican Party
God in the White House : a history : how faith shaped the presidency from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush by Randall Herbert Balmer( Book )

14 editions published in 2008 in English and Russian and held by 936 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historian Balmer reveals the role religion has played in the personal and political lives of the last nine American presidents. Americans were once content to disregard religion as a criterion, as in most of the modern presidential elections before Jimmy Carter. But today's voters have come to expect candidates to disclose their religious views and to illustrate their personal relationship to the Almighty. This book explores the paradox of Americans' expectation that presidents should simultaneously trumpet their religious views and relationship to God while supporting the separation of church and state. Balmer tells the story of the politicization of religion in the last half of the twentieth century, as well as the "religionization" of our politics. He reflects on the implications of this shift, and offers a new lens through which to see not only these presidents, but also our current political situation.--From publisher description
The Presbyterians by Randall Herbert Balmer( Book )

8 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 851 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A denominational history, written for academics and for general readers who seek an informed and critical introduction to the Presbyterian tradition in America. It is narrative inform, not argumentative, and more than half of the volume is given over to biographical treatment of important, if not well-known, Presbyterians
Blessed assurance : a history of evangelicalism in America by Randall Herbert Balmer( Book )

7 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 721 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Most importantly, Blessed Assurance convincingly shows us that evangelicals - often thought of as backward-looking and old-fashioned - have always been in tune with their time, taking advantage of mass communication and the charisma of their leaders."--Jacket
Mormonism and American politics( )

7 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 657 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When Joseph Smith ran for president as a radical protest candidate in 1844, Mormons were a deeply distrusted group in American society, and their efforts to enter public life were met with derision. When Mitt Romney ran for president as a Republican in 2008 and 2012, the public had come to regard Mormons as consummate Americans: patriotic, family-oriented, and conservative. How did this shift occur? In this collection, prominent scholars of Mormonism, including Claudia L. Bushman, Richard Lyman Bushman, Jan Shipps, and Philip L. Barlow, follow the religion's quest for legitimacy in the United States and its intersection with American politics. From Brigham Young's skirmishes with the federal government over polygamy to the Mormon involvement in California's Proposition 8, contributors combine sociology, political science, race and gender studies, and popular culture to track Mormonism's rapid integration into American life. The book takes a broad view of the religion's history, considering its treatment of women and African Americans and its portrayal in popular culture and the media. With essays from both Mormon and non-Mormon scholars, this anthology tells a big-picture story of a small sect that became a major player in American politics."--Publisher's description
The making of evangelicalism : from revivalism to politics, and beyond by Randall Herbert Balmer( Book )

6 editions published between 2009 and 2017 in English and held by 554 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This text offers a history of evangelical Christianity in the United States. Situating developments in envangelicalism in their wider context, it demonstrates the ways American social and cultural setting influenced the course of envangelical tradition
Modern Christian revivals( Book )

5 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in English and Korean and held by 369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Crusade : the life of Billy Graham( Visual )

7 editions published between 1993 and 2005 in English and held by 348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Billy Graham has preached to more people than any other person in history. His powerful sermons have elevated him in the eyes of his followers, to a spiritual level attained on by the Pope himself. Who is this holy icon who has been spreading the word of God for more than 40 years? In a revealing look at the man behind the faith, Graham's career is brought down to Earth. Take an enlightening trip into Graham's crusade, and discover for yourself how he has remained golden in the eyes of the public
Evangelicalism in America by Randall Herbert Balmer( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Evangelicalism has left its indelible mark on American history, politics, and culture. It is also true that currents of American populism and politics have shaped the nature and character of evangelicalism. This story of evangelicalism in America is thus riddled with paradox. Despite the fact that evangelicals, perhaps more than any other religious group, have benefited from the First Amendment and the separation of church and state, several prominent evangelical leaders over the past half century have tried to abrogate the establishment clause of the First Amendment. And despite evangelicalism's legacy of concern for the poor, for women, and for minorities, some contemporary evangelicals have repudiated their own heritage of compassion and sacrifice stemming from Jesus' command to love the least of these. In Evangelicalism in America Randall Balmer chronicles the history of evangelicalism--its origins and development as well as its diversity and contradictions. Within this lineage Balmer explores the social varieties and political implications of evangelicalism's inception as well as its present and paradoxical relationship with American culture and politics. Balmer debunks some of the cherished myths surrounding this distinctly American movement while also prophetically speaking about its future contributions to American life. -- back of book
Religion and public life in the Middle Atlantic region : the fount of diversity( Book )

5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Middle Atlantic region's religious diversity began in the 17th century and continues today. European religious minorities recognized the need to tolerate other faiths if they themselves were to be tolerated. From Quaker Pennsylvania to English Catholic Maryland to New York with no state religion, the Middle Atlantic colonies inspired the framers of the Constitution to keep a wall of separation between religion and government. But the religious diversity of the region is tempered by the many religious institutions that have centers in the area, especially in Washington, DC and New York City. The diversity here is due less to fluid identities and emerging religions than to many established religious institutions recognizing and tolerating each other. Protestant, Catholic and Jewish traditions function alongside each other here and they make room for the religions of new immigrants."--Publisher's website
Queers in the kingdom : let your light shine!( Visual )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Queers in the Kingdom traces the legacy of historical evangelical Christianity through the rise of the secular university and the struggles of the Christian college to remain relevant. This documentary exposes evangelical Christian culture in the U.S. as the underlying force that legalizes Bible-based homophobia. Nowhere is this more evident than in the 200+ well established Christian Colleges where LGBT students must remain closeted and celibate or risk being expelled and condemned as sinners
Thy kingdom come : [how the religious right distorts the faith and threatens America, an Evangelical's lament] by Randall Herbert Balmer( )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The distinguished author of Mine eyes have seen the glory returns with a searing examination of a new generation of evangelical leaders who have hijacked the Christian faith on behalf of the Republican Party. Randall Balmer is both an evangelical Christian and a historian of American religion. Struggling to reconcile the contemporary state of evangelical faith in America with its proud tradition of progressivism, Balmer has headed to the frontlines of some of the most powerful and controversial organizations tied to the Religious Right. Deftly combining ethnographic research, theological reflections, and historical context, Balmer laments the trivialization of Christianity--and offers a rallying cry for liberal Christians to reclaim the noble traditions of their faith
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Mine eyes have seen the glory : a journey into the evangelical subculture in AmericaProtestantism in AmericaA perfect babel of confusion : Dutch religion and English culture in the middle coloniesGrant us courage : travels along the mainline of American ProtestantismThe encyclopedia of evangelicalismReligion in twentieth century AmericaThy kingdom come : how the religious right distorts the faith and threatens America, an Evangelical's lamentGod in the White House : a history : how faith shaped the presidency from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush