Evangelicalism: A Very Short Introduction
John G. Stackhouse Jr.
Reviews and Awards
""...an insightful primer for journalists, scholars, politicians andcurious curious observers into one of the most vibrant, if often caricatured, social movements in the world today."" -- RenÃ© Breuel, Times Literary Supplement
"The media . . . continue to view evangelicalism through the distorting lens of current American politics and religion. John Stackhouse's brilliant introduction to the topic will help the general reader to correct the distortion and grasp the multiple yet still distinctive ways in which evangelicals both think about their faith, and negotiate the social and political challenges of the modern world." -- Brian Stanley, Professor of World Christianity, University of Edinburgh
"We now have an answer to 'Who is an evangelical?'John Stackhouse gives us the best summary of our history I've read: compelling, interesting, and critically helpful. In too many places recently, the label "evangelical" has been hijacked and abused. This book helps us rise above those skirmishes as Stackhouse knits together various strains, groups, movements, and moments in an ever-enlarging pattern, giving coherence and insight into this global Christian community. Evangelicals themselves should read this book, but everyone else who cares about understanding evangelicals will find it enormously helpful also." -- Brian Stiller, World Evangelical Alliance
"This lucid and snappy introduction to evangelicalism guides us from deep and tangled historical roots through the contradictions and complexity of the modern global faith. Stackhouse captures the diversity of evangelicalism without losing the 500-year plotline--an amazing feat." -- Molly Worthen, Associate Professor of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"As a Canadian not caught up in the United States' religious-political partisanship and as an expert historian-theologian, John Stackhouse is perfectly situated to explain the history, development, and contemporary relevance of "evangelical Christianity." This excellent introduction is especially strong in its careful definition of terms and in its treatment of evangelicals around the world." -- Mark Noll, author of America's Book: The Rise and Decline of a Bible Civilization, 1794-1911