The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism
Oxford University Press, $27.95, 352 pp.
Ever since Luther’s Reformation almost immediately led to Anabaptist spinoffs, Catholic observers have been pointing out that Protestants have an authority problem. “The Bible alone” inevitably leads to many conflicting interpretations of the Bible and to seemingly endless organizational fragmentation. The magisterial Reformation managed to limitProtestant diversity for a time by using state...
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George M. Marsden is the Francis A. McAnaney professor emeritus at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of Jonathan Edwards: A Life (Yale). His forthcoming book is The Twilight of the American Enlightenment: The 1950s and the Crisis of Liberal Belief (Basic).