Populist & Cosmopolitan

Faith in the Halls of Power

How Evangelicals Joined the American Elite

D. Michael Lindsay

Oxford University Press, $24.95, 352 pp.

God’s Harvard

A Christian College on a Mission to Save America

Hanna Rosin

Harcourt, $25, 304 pp.

Evangelicals,” observes Rice University sociologist D. Michael Lindsay in his new book, “are the most discussed but least understood group in America today.” Indeed, the role of religion in public life is the hot topic of our time, and Evangelical Christians have become a chic part of the conversation. Lindsay’s Faith in the Halls of Power and Hanna Rosin’s God’s Harvard join a crowded list of popular and scholarly examinations of Evangelicalism, which is, without question, a movement undergoing dramatic transition. Both books suggest that a newly emerging class of elites will determine the direction of Evangelical culture and its impact on America and the world.

God’s Harvard reads like a long and, at times, elegant New Yorker piece (and in fact it began as an essay for that magazine). Rosin, a...

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About the Author

Eric Gregory is an assistant professor of religion at Princeton University.