The American Circumstance
– Martin E. Marty. Beacon Press.
Martin Marty is one of the most prolific and influential pens in contemporary Christianity. He has authored or edited a small library of books. This is a collection of essays, articles, and addresses published or delivered in the past fifteen years. The collection is a veritable “Best of Martin E. Marty’s analyses yet available. Evangelicals will find several essays of particular interest, though some will likely find quarrel with some points of analysis. The theme of pluralism runs throughout the volume. The essays run the gamut from an essay on the Bible as the American icon to an address on the special case of the Mormons in the republic. Marty’s ability as a historian is everywhere evident. The essays do serve to accentuate Marty’s tendency to reduce theological issues to sociological analysis.
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