By William M. Shea
Essentially the most interesting questions in modern American Christianity is whether or not the hot warming of relatives among Catholics and conservative evangelicals gives you a thaw within the ice age that has lasted because the 16th century. American evangelical Protestants and Roman Catholics have hated and suspected each other given that colonial instances. within the 20th century, besides the fact that, each one group has skilled radical swap, and this has resulted in a metamorphosis within the courting among the two.
In this booklet William Shea examines the background of this stricken dating and the symptoms of strength reconciliation. His springboard is the new exposure given to the 1993 rfile Evangelicals and Catholics Together, within which numerous recognized figures from each one camp, appearing as contributors, signed an announcement putting forward even more universal theological and social floor than the other American Catholic-evangelical crew had ever performed. in retrospect, Shea surveys the lengthy and extremely sour heritage of released recriminations that experience flown backward and forward among Catholics and plenty of forms of Protestants because the sixteenth century. He makes the case that Catholics and conservative Protestants reacted alongside parallel traces to western "modernity" - specifically naturalistic evolution and better feedback of the Bible). That deeper background leads him to the more moderen historical past that has in part conquer the serious Catholic-evangelical antagonisms. the following he makes a speciality of the increase of "neo-evangelicals" linked to Billy Graham and the nationwide organization of Evangelicals and at the adjustments with the Catholic church when you consider that Vatican II. He is going directly to provide systematic interpretations of modern evangelical literature on Catholics and Catholic literature on evangelicals.
The booklet ends with a few historic, but additionally theological, social and private conclusions. This obtainable, groundbreaking, and well timed research may be imperative interpreting for all drawn to the non secular panorama of the United States this day.
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The lion and the lamb : evangelicals and Catholics in America by William M. Shea