American Apocalypse: A History of Modern Evangelicalism by Matthew Avery Sutton

By Matthew Avery Sutton

A Choice notable educational identify, 2015

The first accomplished historical past of recent American evangelicalism to seem in a new release, American Apocalypse indicates how a gaggle of radical Protestants, looking ahead to the top of the realm, ironically remodeled it.

“The background Sutton assembles is wealthy, and the connections are startling.”
New Yorker

American Apocalypse relentlessly and impressively exhibits how evangelicals have interpreted virtually each family or overseas hindrance when it comes to Christ’s go back and his judgment upon the wicked…Sutton sees essentially the most troubling elements of evangelical effect within the unfold of the apocalyptic outlook between Republican politicians with the increase of the spiritual Right…American Apocalypse in actual fact indicates simply how renowned evangelical apocalypticism has been and, throughout the chilly struggle, how the mix of wierd trust and political strength may perhaps produce a sleepless evening or two.”
―D. G. Hart, Wall road Journal

American Apocalypse is the easiest historical past of yank evangelicalism I’ve learn in a few time…If you need to comprehend why compromise has turn into a grimy observe within the GOP this day and the way cultural politics is splitting the country aside, American Apocalypse is an exceptional position to start.”
―Stephen Prothero, Bookforum

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Darby and his followers believed that the first sixty-nine weeks occurred in the span between the rebuilding of Jerusalem (documented in Ezra and Nehemiah) and Jesus’s time. The seventieth week, a seven-year period of trial and tribulation yet to occur, would mark the end of the church age. Looking for signs that this fi nal seven-year week was imminent motivated most of their prophetic analysis. The system was not without controversy even among adherents. Dispensationalists have never reached total consensus on some of the elements of their theology.

Seymour, a disciple of Parham, initiated the 1906 Azusa Street revivals in southern California. These meetings, led and supported by an interracial and interethnic group of African Americans, Anglo-Americans, Asians, European immigrants, and Latinos, lasted almost three years and attracted Christians and curiosity seekers from around the country. Because the Azusa leaders believed that the Holy Spirit should control the direction of the meetings, they had no formal, orga nized ser vice order or explicit leadership.

The publication, with millions of copies in circulation, is probably the best-selling book in the history of Oxford University Press. It has been guiding Christians through the intricacies of premillennialism—whether they realize it or not—ever since. ”23 The Scofield Bible was not the only gift God had seemingly prepared for the last days. In 1906 a major interracial, premillennial-infused revival hit Los Angeles. Sure that the New Testament story of Pentecost was reoccurring before their eyes, modern- day “pentecostals” began practicing New Testament gifts of the spirit such as healing, speaking in tongues, and prophesying.

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