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Twentieth-century evangelicalism : a guide to the sources
Blumhofer, Edith Waldvogel.
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New York : Garland Pub., 1990.
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xv, 384 pages ; 23 cm.
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Includes indexes.
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BR1644.5.U6 B48 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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First published in 1990. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Students of American religion will be well served by these resources. Alert observers of American life cannot help being intrigued by the phenomenal growth and influence since WW II of what has been termed the Evangelical Renaissance. It is associated with Billy Graham as its preacher, Christianity Today as its journal, Wheaton College (IL) as an academic base, and the National Association of Evangelicals as its associational expression. A house with many rooms, evangelicalism includes separatistic fundamentalists, black churches, pentecostalists, and, especially, postfundamentalist Protestants who are conservative but not separatistic. Because the movement is diverse, precise description has been difficult and research sources hard to track down. The books under consideration are high-quality publications. It seems obvious that the joint authors of the Magnuson-Travis and the Blumhofer-Carpenter books were unaware of each other's work in progress. Neither completely exhausts its subject. Each attempts to cover the same materials and roughly the same time period, though the Magnuson-Travis volume surveys also the 19th century. A check of authors indexed in the two books revealed interesting inclusions and omissions. Neither covers well the fundamentalists of the 1930s. Some authors are included in both books, but are not represented by the same articles. Had the authors worked in tandem, the result might have been an only slightly larger but more inclusive bibliography. Both books list previously published bibliographies related to specialized movements (e.g., holiness, dispensationalism), and the annotations in both are brief, accurate, and unbiased. The Blumhofer and Carpenter volume includes a helpful introduction, a good subject index, and an excellent guide to libraries, archives, and periodicals. The Magnuson and Travis volume lacks a subject index but contains half again more entries and is thus the more inclusive. The Shuster volume is not a bibliography of its subject, but a complete catalog of the manuscript-archival collection of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, the most inclusive primary source collection in existence. Advanced researchers will stand in debt to the catalog, and libraries with large holdings in American religion will want to purchase it as well as both bibliographies. If a choice must be made, the well-organized Blumhofer and Carpenter volume may be the more useful in the general collection. The publication of two such similar volumes in the same year points out the need for better bibliographical control. -L. D. Jordahl, Luther College