The Search for Christian America
Mark A. Noll / George M. Marsden / Nathan O. Hatch

“Few ideas are so heatedly contested in Christian circles today as the idea of ‘Christian America’ … and few books approach the idea with the nuanced care evident in The Search for Christian America. … This is an important book that should be read both by those who wage war against ‘secular humanism’; in the name of Christian America, and those who think talk about Christian America is nothing more than thinly veiled hypocrisy.” — Institute for Religion & Democracy

“An important book for the Christian community in America … a careful and sensitive study of the issues that are not often sensitively handled. It does not tell us how to reconstruct our society, but it gives us needed help in using our past wisely.” — Presbyterian Journal

The Search for Christian America explores key questions raised by the movement asserting the Christian heritage of the U.S. and calling for its recovery. Through careful historical and contemporary analysis, the authors address such issues as: how much Christian action is required to make a whole society Christian; Puritan New England as case study; Christian principles vs. baptized ideology in the Revolutionary period; the stumbling block of incorrect views of America's history for effective Christian involvement in critical public issues; the relationship of Christian convictions to political or social agendas; learning to think historically as a guard against shortsighted or simplistic approaches. Ample footnotes and a bibliographic essay make this volume a helpful reference tool for further study of the Christian nation debate and related issues. Added in this expanded edition are an afterword plus a new bibliographical section on important books addressing religion and public life in the U.S.

Mark A. Noll is Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame and author of numerous books including The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind; George M. Marsden is Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame and author of many books, including The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship; Nathan O. Hatch is president of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and author of The Democratization of American Christianity.

Paper/208 pp. / 5 3/8" x 8 1/2" / $17.95
ISBN-10: 0-939443-15-5
ISBN-13: 978-0939443154