Theology

Theology

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Theology

Take & read

Playing, by James H. Evans Jr. This small but substantial book appears in the series Christian Explorations of Daily Living, which includes volumes on shopping, working, parenting and other activities of daily life. Evans is attentive to African-American experience and literature in his trinitarian explorations of the importance of play in the Christian life.

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Religion and the Civil War

Essential books

God's Almost Chosen Peoples: A Reli­gious History of the American Civil War, by George C. Rable.

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Religion and the nation’s founders

Essential books

Faith of the Founders: Religion and the New Nation 1776–1826, by Edwin S. Gaustad. This is the best short, accessible, single-volume treatment of the religious lives, intellectual pathways and church-state politics of the pre­eminent founders of the United States—Jefferson, Madison, Adams, Washington and Franklin.

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Evangelism

Essential books

The Rise of Christianity: How the Ob­scure, Marginal Jesus Movement Be­came the Dominant Religious Force in the Western World in a Few Centuries, by Rod­ney Stark. Joining sociology and history, Stark contributes much new insight to the amazing rise of Christianity in the Roman Empire—and he reaches some surprising conclusions.