Thursday, 28 March 2013

"Religious History" March Madness

The folks over at the Junto blog are having fun organizing a March Madness bracket for early American history. I wish that the Religion in American History blog had also joined the festivities by providing a religious history March Madness bracket. Perhaps The Democratization of American Christianity and America's God would have fared better.

For what it's worth, below are my 64 picks for a "religious history" bracket. I make no apologies for my obvious skewed interests:

  1. Sydney Ahlstrom, A Religious History of the American People
  2. Debby Applegate, The Most Famous Man in America
  3. Susan Wise Bauer, The Art of the Public Grovel: Sexual Sin and Public Confession in America
  4. Chris Beneke, Beyond Toleration: The Religious Origins of American Pluralism
  5. David Bebbington, Evangelicalism in Modern Britain: A History from the 1730s to the 1980s
  6. Jon Butler, Awash in a Sea of Faith: Christianizing the American People
  7. Vincent Carretta, Phillis Wheatley: Biography of a Genius in Bondage
  8. Ava Chamberlain, The Notorious Elizabeth Tuttle: Marriage, Murder, and Madness in the Family of Jonathan Edwards
  9. Bruce Kuklick, Churchmen and Philosophers: From Jonathan Edwards to John Dewey
  10. Randall Balmer, A Perfect Babel of Confusion: Dutch Religion and English Culture in the Middle Colonies
  11. Patricia Bonomi, Under the Cope of Heaven: Religion, Society, and Politics in Colonial America
  12. Catherine Brekus, Sarah Osborn's World: The Rise of Evangelical Christianity in Early America
  13. Callum Brown, The Death of Christian Britain
  14. Alister Chapman, Godly Ambition: John Stott and the Evangelical Movement
  15. Darren Dochuk, From Bible Belt to Sunbelt: Plain-Folk Religion, Grassroots Politics, and the Rise of Evangelical Conservativism
  16. Norman Fiering, Jonathan Edwards's Moral Thought in Its British Context
  17. Linford Fisher, The Indian Great Awakening: Religion and the Shaping of Native Cultures in Early America
  18. Sylvia Frey and Betty Wood, Come Shouting to Zion: African American Protestantism in the American South and British Caribbean to 1830
  19. Bruce Gordon, Calvin
  20. Marie Griffith, Born Again Bodies: Flesh and Spirit in American Christianity
  21. Christopher Grasso, A Speaking Aristocracy: Transforming Public Discourse in Eighteenth-Century Connecticut
  22. John Grigg, The Lives of David Brainerd: The Making of an American Evangelical Icon
  23. Allen Guelzo, Edwards on the Will: A Century of American Theological Debate
  24. Paul Gutjahr, Charles Hodge: Guardian of American Orthodoxy
  25. David Hall, Worlds of Wonder, Days of Judgment: Popular Religious Belief in Early New England
  26. Barry Hankins, Francis Schaeffer and the Shaping of Evangelical America 
  27. Nathan Hatch, The Democratization of American Christianity
  28. Paul Harvey, Freedom's Coming Religious Culture and the Shaping of the South from the Civil War Through the Civil Rights Era
  29. David Hempton, Methodism: Empire of the Spirit
  30. Christine Heyrman, Southern Cross: The Beginnings of the Bible Belt
  31. Bruce Hindmarsh, John Newton and the English Evangelical Tradition
  32. Brooks Holifield, Theology in America: Christian Thought from the Age of the Puritans to the Civil War
  33. Philip Jenkins, The New Faces of Christianity: Believing the Bible in the Global South
  34. Thomas Kidd, The Great Awakening: The Roots of Evangelical Christianity in Colonial America
  35. Thomas Kidd, God of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution
  36. David Kling, A Field of Divine Wonders
  37. Frank Lambert, Inventing the "Great Awakening"
  38. Tim Larsen, Crisis of Doubt: Honest Faith in Nineteenth-Century England
  39. Michael Lindsay, Faith in the Halls of Power: How Evangelicals Joined the American Elite
  40. George Marsden, Fundamentalism and American Culture
  41. George Marsden, Jonathan Edwards: A Life 
  42. Henry May, The Enlightenment in America
  43. Edmund Morgan, The Gentle Puritan: A Life of Ezra Stiles
  44. Steven Nadler, Spinoza: A Life
  45. Richard Newman, Freedom's Prophet: Bishop Richard Allen, the AME Church, and the Black Founding Fathers
  46. Mark Noll, America's God: From Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln
  47. Mark Noll, The Rise of Evangelicalism: The Age of Edwards, Whitefield, and the Wesleys 
  48. Amanda Porterfield, Conceived in Doubt: Religion and Politics in the New American Nation
  49. Leigh Schmidt, Holy Fairs: Scottish Communions and American Revivals in the Early Modern Period
  50. John Sensbach, Rebecca's Revival: Creating Black Christianity in the Atlantic World
  51. Richard Sher, Church and University in the Scottish Enlightenment
  52. Anne Stott, Hannah More: The First Victorian
  53. Harry Stout, The Divine Dramatist: George Whitefield and the Rise of Modern Evangelicalism
  54. Harry Stout, The New England Soul: Preaching and Religious Culture in Colonial New England
  55. Charles Habrick-Stowe, The Practice of Piety 
  56. David Swartz, The Moral Minority: The Evangelical Left in an Age of Conservativism
  57. Peter Theusen, Predestination: The American Career of a Contentious Doctrine
  58. John Turner, Bill Bright and Campus Crusade for Christ: The Renewal of Evangelicalism in Postwar America
  59. John Tyson, Assist Me to Proclaim: The Life and Hymns of Charles Wesley
  60. Mark Valeri, Heavenly Merchandize: How Religion Shaped Commerce in Puritan America
  61. Grant Wacker, Heaven Below: Early Pentecostalism and American Culture
  62. W. R. Ward, The Protestant Evangelical Awakening
  63. John Wigger, American Saint: Francis Asbury and the Methodists
  64. John Wigger, Taking Heaven by Storm: Methodism and the Rise of Popular  Christianity in AmericaDaniel Williams, God's Own Party: The Making of the Christian Right

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