Archive for ‘Darryl G. Hart’

July 10, 2015

Seeking a Better Country: 300 Years of American Presbyterianism

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Publisher’s Description

Seeking a Better Country is a readable and lively survey of American Presbyterianism since its founding in 1706. Its aim is not to celebrate but to understand how Presbyterians formed one of the largest and most influential denominations in the United States, and those historical developments that led to their decline.

Darryl G. Hart

Darryl G. Hart

About the Author

D. G. Hart (Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University) directs the honors programs and faculty development at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and serves Westminster Seminary California as adjunct professor of church history. He has written or edited more than fifteen books, including Defending the Faith, a biography of J. Gresham Machen. He is coeditor of the American Reformed Biographies series.

Book Details

288 Pages
Publisher: P&R Publishing Company
Publication Date: June 2007
ISBN 13: 9780875525747

Source: WTS Books

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July 9, 2015

Calvinism: A History

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Publisher’s Description

This briskly told history of Reformed Protestantism takes these churches through their entire 500-year history—from sixteenth-century Zurich and Geneva to modern locations as far flung as Seoul and Sao Paulo. D. G. Hart explores specifically the social and political developments that enabled Calvinism to establish a global presence.

Hart’s approach features significant episodes in the institutional history of Calvinism that are responsible for its contemporary profile. He traces the political and religious circumstances that first created space for Reformed churches in Europe and later contributed to Calvinism’s expansion around the world. He discusses the effects of the American and French Revolutions on ecclesiastical establishments as well as nineteenth- and twentieth-century communions, particularly in Scotland, the Netherlands, the United States, and Germany, that directly challenged church dependence on the state.

Raising important questions about secularization, religious freedom, privatization of faith, and the place of religion in public life, this book will appeal not only to readers with interests in the history of religion but also in the role of religion in political and social life today.

Darryl G. Hart

Darryl G. Hart

About the Author

D. G. Hart is visiting professor of history, Hillsdale College, and former director of the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals, Wheaton College. He is author of more than a dozen books, including most recently From Billy Graham to Sarah Palin: Evangelicals and the Betrayal of American Conservatism.

Book Details

352 Pages
Publisher: Triliteral LLC (Yale University Press
Publication Date: July 2013
ISBN 10: 0300148798
ISBN 13: 9780300148794

Source: WTS Books

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June 19, 2015

With Reverence and Awe: Returning to the Basics of Reformed Worship

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Book Description

Hart and Muether have produced a refreshing and informative primer on Reformed worship. Concerned with the integrity of Reformed worship in these days of the so-called “worship wars,” the authors argue for a traditional Reformed approach they see as biblically and confessionally faithful. Simply put, worship must not be disconnected from its theological foundation. Responding to the trend of less formal, relaxed, and more user-friendly worship formats, the authors remind us that Christian public worship ought to reflect the antithesis between the church and the world. While worship should be intelligible, it should not be confused with evangelistic outreach and therefore ought not to lose its “alien” nature and heavenly focus. Hart and Muether discuss two key Reformed principles of worship, the “regulative” and the “dialogical.” While you might not agree with everything the authors say, you will wrestle with essential issues of Reformed worship. – Jeff Waddington – Westminster Bookstore Staff

Source: WTS Books

About the Author

John Muether

Reformed Theological Seminary Faculty Page

John R. Muether (MAR, Westminster Theological Seminary) is librarian and associate professor of church history at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. The coauthor of four volumes, Muether has served on the Harvard Divinity School library staff and has been librarian at Western Theological Seminary and Westminster Theological Seminary. He has served on the editorial board of Regeneration Quarterly and on the board of directors of Mars Hill Audio. He is historian of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and serves on that denomination’s Christian Education Committee.

darryl g hart

The Philadelphia Society

D. G. Hart studied American history at the Johns Hopkins University and has served as director of the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals at Wheaton College and academic dean and professor of church history at Westminster Seminary in California. He is currently visiting assistant professor of history at Hillsdale College.

Source: P&R Publishing

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