Last week, I asked for recommendations for resources on how academics view evangelical Christians. Thank you for all of your great suggestions! In addition to the comments on the blog, I received several more suggestions by email, as well as a generous offer: T. M. Luhrmann, whose book When God Talks Back inspired by post and research project, contacted me and offered to send me a review copy of her copy. I’ll be writing at least one post about the book later this year, most likely in June.
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So, here is the tentative reading list I’ve assembled from your recommendations, in no particular order. Do you have any comments or further suggestions?Â
- T. M. Luhrmann,Â When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God
- Randall Balmer, Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory:Â A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America
- George Marsden,Â The Soul of the American University: From Protestant Establishment to Established NonbeliefÂ (in truth, I feel silly for not having read it years ago)
- Omri Elisha,Â Moral Ambition:Â Mobilization and Social Outreach in Evangelical Megachurches
- James Bielo,Â Words upon the Word: An Ethnography of Evangelical Group Bible Study
- D. Michael Lindsay,Â Faith in the Halls of Power: How Evangelicals Joined the American Elite
- Jonathan Haidt,Â The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and ReligionÂ (not about evangelicals per se, but it seems like a good complement to understanding the relationship between academics and evangelicals)
I also plan on looking at Paul Bramadat’sÂ The Church on the World’s Turf : An Evangelical Christian Group at a Secular University if I can find a decent price on it, as well as theÂ Evangelical Studies Bulletin, which came recommended by James Sire. I’m not sure if ESB fits my original request, but when Dr. Sire recommends something, I read first and ask questions later.
Any additional suggestions? In addition to Elaine Ecklund’s excellent book, does anyone know of research on the interactions between scientists and evangelicals?
About the author:
The former Associate Director for the Emerging Scholars Network, Micheal lives in Cincinnati with his wife and three children and works as a web manager for a national storage and organization company. He writes about work, vocation, and finding meaning in what you do at No Small Actors.