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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARYBook Analysis: The American Evangelical StorySubmitted to: Dr. Smith, in partial fulfillmentof the requirements for the completion of this courseCHHI 525-D03History of Christianity IIbyAR LargeAugust 20, 2017Book Analysis: The American Evangelical Story
Sweeney, Douglas A. The American Evangelical Story: A History of the Movement.Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2005.IntroductionDouglas Sweeney, church historian and professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, provides a brief, yet thorough, history of the very diverse movement of American evangelicalism. This is a history that has begged to be told in a manner that does not magnify any single individual, but exemplifies what can happen when God’s people work together for the purpose of evangelism. The American Evangelical Story brings to light the roots of Protestant Christianity, the impact of the Great Awakening, and the evangelical movement that still prominent today.SummarySweeney sets the tone of the book by beginning with The Great Commission (Matthew 28), drawing the reader into the heart of missions and evangelism which is a strong underlying element throughout this historical text. In the chapters that proceed, Sweeney covers Evangelicalism’s history from its Puritan roots and pietism to the Great Awakening and the Second Great Awakening’s Revivalist Movement. He expands upon many of the great revivalists, such as John Wesley, George Whitefield, and Jonathon Edwards. He also highlights the more modern movements that stemmed out of these, such as the Holiness Movement with

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