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Balmer, Randall Herbert

Works: 61 works in 290 publications in 3 languages and 21,728 library holdings
Genres: History  Church history  Biography  Controversial literature  Biography‡vDictionaries  Encyclopedias  Drama  Science fiction films  Documentary films  Nonfiction films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Producer, Interviewee
Classifications: BR1642.U5, 277.30828
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Randall Herbert Balmer
Most widely held works by Randall Herbert Balmer
Mine eyes have seen the glory : a journey into the evangelical subculture in America by Randall Herbert Balmer( Book )

41 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in English and held by 2,623 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
Religion in American life : a short history by Jon Butler( Book )

31 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,261 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
Protestantism in America by Randall Herbert Balmer( Book )

14 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 1,124 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
Redeemer : the life of Jimmy Carter by Randall Herbert Balmer( Book )

6 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 1,039 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses how the progressive principles of a born-again Evangelical Christian peanut farmer, which included racial justice, women's rights, and concern for the plight of the poor, won the presidency in 1976
Thy kingdom come : how the religious right distorts the faith and threatens America, an Evangelical's lament by Randall Herbert Balmer( Book )

13 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 987 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 between 2008 and 2014 in English and Russian and held by 939 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 )

7 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 863 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
Religion in twentieth century America by Randall Herbert Balmer( Book )

8 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 843 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
The encyclopedia of evangelicalism by Randall Herbert Balmer( Book )

11 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 778 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this completely revised and expanded edition of the Encyclopedia of Evangelicalism, Randall Balmer gives readers the most comprehensive resource about evangelicalism available anywhere. With more than three thousand 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 much moreall penned in Balmer's engaging style. Students, scholars, journalists, and libraries will all benefit from it
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 749 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
A perfect babel of confusion : Dutch religion and English culture in the middle colonies by Randall Herbert Balmer( Book )

30 editions published between 1989 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 635 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 tensions eventually 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 cultures and 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( Book )

13 editions published between 1996 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 584 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
The making of evangelicalism : from revivalism to politics, and beyond by Randall Herbert Balmer( Book )

5 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 561 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
Crusade a march through time( Visual )

7 editions published between 1993 and 2005 in English and held by 380 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
Modern Christian revivals( Book )

4 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in English and Korean and held by 366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Religion and public life in the Middle Atlantic region : the fount of diversity( Book )

5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 224 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
In the beginning the creationist controversy by Randal Balmer( Visual )

7 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two-part program presents both sides of the debate between those who advocate creationist theory and those who support evolution. Part 1 focuses on Vista, California and its school board battle. Part 2 examines the roots ofthe controversy, recent court decisions, and the textbook adoption process
Thy kingdom come [how the religious right distorts the faith and threatens America, an Evangelical's lament] by Randall Herbert Balmer( Recording )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 105 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
Mine eyes have seen the glory( Visual )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Host Randall Balmer travelled throughout the United States to uncover the richness, diversity, and energy of the Evangelical movement. The result is an intimate look at who are the Evangelicals, what they believe, what difference their faith makes in their lives, how they seek to protect their children from the corrupting influences of society, how they are trying to change the world, and emerging forms of Evangelicalism that suggest what their future may be like
Mormonism and American politics( Book )

6 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Religion in American life : a short historyProtestantism in 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. BushThe PresbyteriansReligion in twentieth century AmericaThe encyclopedia of evangelicalismBlessed assurance : a history of evangelicalism in America