Deconstructing Evangelicalism

51 minutes

Christ the Center was pleased to have Darryl G. Hart back to talk about his book Deconstructing Evangelicalism.  Hart points out that Evangelicalism actually is an umbrella term used to unite conservative Christians from different traditions.  There never has been a generic Evangelical.  The panel discussed the different senses of the word “Evangelical” and noted that the use of the word today in America is more or less governed by the rise of Neo-Evangelicalism in the mid-twentieth century.  Perhaps it is best to identify oneself by one’s denominational affiliation.  Listener’s will find this discussion timely and fascinating.


  • Darryl G. Hart
  • Nick Batzig
  • Jeff Waddington
  • Camden Bucey


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Hart, D. G. A Secular Faith: Why Christianity Favors the Separation of Church and State. Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 2006.

—. Defending the Faith: J. Gresham Machen and the Crisis of Conservative Protestantism in Modern America. P & R Publishing, 2003.

—. Deconstructing Evangelicalism: Conservative Protestantism in the Age of Billy Graham. Grand Rapids MI: Baker Academic, 2004.

Hart, D. G., and John R. Muether. Seeking a Better Country: 300 Years of American Presbyterianism. P & R Publishing, 2007. 

Marsden, George M. Fundamentalism and American Culture: The Shaping of Twentieth Century Evangelicalism, 1870-1925. New York: Oxford University Press, 1980.

Muller, Richard A., and Rowland S. Ward. Scripture and Worship: Biblical Interpretation and the Directory for Public Worship. Westminster Assembly and the Reformed faith. Phillipsburg, N.J.: P&R Pub., 2007. 

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9 Responses to “Deconstructing Evangelicalism”

  1. Rick E. says:

    Here’s a decent background on where the BARNA group came from.

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