Monday, October 12, 2009

An Interview with Mark Noll on American Religious History

Randall Stephens

Earlier in October I interviewed Notre Dame historian Mark Noll on his work and the field of American religious history. I
spoke to him up in Wenham, Mass, as we were hosting an Eastern Nazarene College-Gordon College conference on Noll's groundbreaking book, The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind. The conference brought to the fore certain historical, philosophical, and sociological questions about one of America's largest mass religious movements.

In the Youtube clip here (in two parts) I speak to Noll about his research and writing as well as his views of the field as it has developed since the 1960s and 1970s. Noll discusses the influence of Henry May, Perry Miller, Timothy Smith and other predecessors and also lauds the work of early-career scholars, like Heather Curtis, Ed Blum, Rachel Wheeler, Charles Irons, and Wallace Best.

See a fuller post on the conference at Religion in American History.

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