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God's Empire: William Bell Riley and Midwestern Fundamentalism (History of American Thought & Culture)by William V. Trollonger
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William Trollinger explores the development of Riley's theology and social thought, examining in detail the rise of the Northwestern Bible and Missionary Training School and other institutional means whereby Riley exerted such extraordinary grassroots influence.
More than any other individual, William Bell Riley, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Minneapolis, inspired the resurgence of Protestant fundamentalism in 1930s America. Trollinger explores the development of Riley’s theology and social thought, examining in detail the rise of the Northwestern Bible and Missionary Training School and other similar institutions. He sheds light upon the nature, successes, and failures of fundamentalist crusades and makes it clear that, to understand fundamentalist religion in America, one must focus upon its regional and local roots.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 205-223) and index.
About the Author
William Vance Trollinger Jr. is assistant professor of history, Messiah College, Grantham, Pennsylvania.
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