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IVP Academic Power, Politics and the Fragmentation of Evangelicalism: From the Scopes Trial to the Obama Divide

Kenneth J. Collins' Power, Politics and the Fragmentation of Evangelicalism details the history of the political and cultural fortunes of American evangelicalism from the late nineteenth century through today.

Evangelicals often seek for national influence, and often lament its loss. But has this pursuit of culture prominence provided the key to social transformation or a way to ideological isolation? This book narrates the history of the turbulent engagement of American evangelicalism since the 1920s. In the process, he argues, evangelicals on both sides of the liberal-conservatives debates have unintentionally reduced the richness of their public testimony to an almost entirely political rhetoric.

Yet Collins tells us that in light of the past--and often in spite of it-there is hope for the future. With political power in its proper place, evangelicals of all persuasions can be free to pursue together a calling to be fully engaged in culture and politics, even while testifying to a kingdom that is beyond all earthly powers.
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