Hart is professor of church history and dean at Westminster Theological Seminary. He has written also in the area of Reformed worship (With Reverence and Awe, D.G. Hart & J.R. Muether) and American church history (see last month’s Book Shelf). Hart’s purpose in this book (2002) is to examine the influence evangelicalism has had on the 20th century. He lumps fundamental history together with evangelical and calls them both the conservative side of Protestant Christianity. I think Hart gives a realistic view of America’s history as a nation mostly influenced by Protestantism (as opposed to either humanism or Catholicism). Hart is not always complimentary to fundamentalism or dispensationalism but, then, who is these days! He does believe that evangelicalism has had the most influence on America’s history due to its penchant for adapting to the culture and its belief that a Christian’s convictions must be carried with him into all parts of his public life. Hart becomes more critical in discussing evangelicalism’s insistence that America’s government should be based on Christianity rather than a true separation of church and state. To Hart, Christianity operates well in a secular society if it can keep its private gathering biblical and keep its witness sincere and forthright.
The Local Church of RevelationOctober 1, 2016
All conservative scholars agree that Revelation is the last book to be added to the canon of sixty six inspired books and that the apostle John is the author. John is given his three-fold division of the book as, “the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall […]
Observations: One Hundred Years In Christian HistoryJune 1, 2016
Over the last 23 years that I have been writing this paper, and the last 50 years that I have been connected with Christian ministry, many things have come and gone and many things have changed. If I think of the men I’ve known, heard, sat under, or known about, you might say that I’ve […]
Cross, Creation and also ProphecyFebruary 1, 2016
There are three great mountain peaks of importance in Biblical history. First and foremost is Calvary. The cross is the center of all God’s workings with this world. If the believer could say with Paul, “I determined not to know any thing among you save Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2), he would […]