Less Than Conquerors

The Evangelical Quest for Power in the Early Twentieth Century

By Doug Frank

Less Than Conquerors

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  • ISBN: 9781608990016
  • Pages: 322
  • Publication Date: 8/1/2009
  • Retail Price: $37.00
Web Price: $29.60
Web Price: $29.60

Less Than Conquerors

The Evangelical Quest for Power in the Early Twentieth Century

By Doug Frank

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781608990016
  • Pages: 322
  • Publication Date: 8/1/2009
  • Retail Price: $37.00
Web Price: $29.60

About-

Although evangelicals enjoyed repect and leadership in American society in the decades before the Civil War, their fortunes declined precipitately in the wake of the industrialism, modernism, and secularism of the next half-century. But the 1920s evangelicals felt like an embattled minority within a largely unbelieving culture, and perceived that history was very much out of their control.
Frank examines the spiritual significance of these events by placing them against a biblical understanding of the gospel. He sees in the confidence and self congratulation of the turn-of-the-century evangelicals a protrait of the spiritually rich of the Bible who must lose their riches before they can come to know God truly.
Harmful uses of the gospel are explored through dispensational premillenialism, the 'victorious life' theology, and the revivalism of Billy Sunday.
Altogether, Less Than Conquerors is a call to replace the blurred and self-serving gospel of a besieged subculture with the genuine gospel of Jesus Christ.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"I am very enthusiastic about Less Than Conquerors. It succeeds better than any book I can think of in making solidly-based history edifying. This is an important and prophetic thological critique of the foundational assumptions on which most of the distinctives of twentieth-century American evangelicalism have been based. It is like reading a Jacques Ellul who writes straightforwardly and documents his facts."

George Marsden

Contributors-

Doug Frank

Bio(s)-

Doug Frank graduated from Wheaton College and received the Ph.D. degree in history at the State University of New York (Buffalo). He has been on the teaching faculty of several Christian liberal arts colleges, and is the author of the forthcoming A Gentler God: Breaking Free of the Almighty in the Company of the Human Jesus. Since 1975, he has taught in an undergraduate study center in the mountains near Ashland, OR, where students are invited to pursue their own intellectual and religious questions in a community of supportive peers and mentors.

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