Mark A. Noll
In the Beginning Was the Word, the first installment of an expected two-part history, is the culmination of some 40 years of thinking about the Bible’s role in American public life. Mark Noll follows the ebbs and flows of the Bible’s power in the lives of individuals and communities and the nation as a whole.
Charles M. Sheldon
The urtext of various “What Would Jesus Do?” movements, Charles Sheldon’s novel began as a sermon series preached to his Topeka, Kansas, congregation. The narrative follows a group of citizens who form a covenant to live together for one year, guiding their every decision by the question “What would Jesus do?” Published in 1896, In His Steps became an overnight sensation.
Edward J. Larson
Larson offers a lucid and rich retelling of the famous Scopes “monkey trial” of 1925. The book gives a thoughtful analysis of how this “trial of the century” brought out complicated tensions between biblical views of Creation and Darwin’s theory of evolution. Larson’s study reveals much about the Bible’s ongoing power to shape understandings of education, personal piety, science, law, and politics.
A hybrid treatise on the Bible, thermonuclear war, and the imminent second coming of Christ, Lindsey’s book became the best-selling nonfiction book of the 1970s. Its vast popularity attests the incredible cultural resonance of apocalyptic thought based on biblical prophecy among Americans, as seen ...1